As a personal trainer, one of the main excuses I hear from clients is that they never have enough time to workout on their own. Their schedules are too crazy and they have barely enough time between work, carpooling, church, and cooking dinner to relax. I often ask if they try to get up before work to get their workouts in. All I normally get in return is a blank stare, as if to say, “Are you Crazy?!”
I know waking up in the morning seems like a daunting task. Waking up in time for work is hard enough! Sometimes having the time to enjoy a cup of coffee is impossible. I used to hate waking up in the morning, but over time, I have become a ritual morning exerciser. I feel that it helps get my day going, and starts me on the right track. I hardly feel tempted to eat bad food or drink sugary drinks if I just finished a good workout. Who would want to reverse all that hard work?
We all have busy lives, but remember to take the time you need for yourself. Cherish the road to a healthier you, even if its a little bumpy at times. You may not be able to wake up early every morning, but here are a few tips that may help you squeeze that workout in. Rise and Shine!!
1. Put away the electronics:
This day in age, we are all addicted to our electronic gadgets. As hard has it may be, once you hit the bed put away the cell phone, kindles, ipads, and turn off the tv. If you use your cell phone for an alarm, as I do, try placing it far away from your bed, so it makes you get up and move, and not feel tempted to push the snooze button.
2. Look out for trigger foods: Night time often comes with those pesky food cravings. We all have them. But, before you hit the sack try to stay away from these certain foods that may not help you get the best sleep. Spicy foods, sweets (or anything with caffeine), and too much alcohol.
3. Plan ahead: Lay out the clothes you plan to exercise in the night before, or sleep in them if they are comfortable enough. I often place my shoes, hat, and ipod by the door so I don’t have to search all over the house for them in the morning, during my dopey morning state of mind.
4. Set your alarm 5 minutes earlier: If you tend to hit the snooze button, setting your alarm 5 minutes earlier will give you a little time cushion.
5. Schedule a session with a friend: Scheduling a workout with a friend is the best way to keep yourself accountable. I know I would always feel guilty if I called and canceled on a friend who had already woken up and was ready to go.