Listen, I begrudge the gym with the best of ’em. Once I fall out of my routine, it is so incredibly hard for me to force myself back into the rhythm. Hence my exercise M.O.– stick with it. A big part of making this happen is locking in an early morning workout routine. Why do I submit myself to such insanity? Quite simply, there are just fewer real barriers to AM workouts. For me, post-work workouts are much more difficult to commit to. There’s always going to be traffic, happy hours, grocery lists, dry cleaning, cooking, cleaning, etc.
There’s really only one reason not to get out of bed and into the gym in the morning, and that’s not getting out of bed. It’s at this point, my friends, that you need to give yourself some Nike-style tough love. Just Do It.
Today’s post is all about making that “doing” just a bit easier and even more worth it. Here’s my (non-) expert advice for how to make your morning workout, and how to make it count.
- Get plenty of sleep. It’s a lot easier to get out of bed when you have at least 7 hours of sleep backing you up. I find that AM workouts drastically improve the quality and regularity of my sleep.
- Have your outfits picked out already. Yes, plural. Have your gym and work clothes picked out beforehand so there’s not a minute wasted.
- Wake up in time to eat a small pre-workout meal. My go-to is a cup of coffee and a mini serving of overnight oats– 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt + 1/4 cup oats + splash of nut milk + cinnamon + 1/2 tablespoon nut butter + frozen blueberries. I need a a little fuel to help me stay amped throughout a tough workout, and I’m not getting up this early to do anything but a tough workout.
- Wash your hair the night before. My routine is nighttime shower, sleep, AM workout, body shower + dry shampoo. Ain’t nobody got time to blow-dry their hair post-workout.
- Set a goal. I’ve internalized and vocalized my current goal– make 4 pre-work workouts a week. Last week, someone at my gym asked me if I met my goal that week and it felt really good to say yes.
- Make a schedule for your AM workouts. Treat exercise like you would any other appointment or meeting. Set a date, a time, and stick to it.
- Follow up your workout with a solid post-workout breakfast. Replenish your body with plenty of water, and a meal with protein and carbohydrate. My post-workout breakfast of choice is the Housemade Chicken Sausage & Egg Stack.
What are your tips and tricks for making it to any workout– AM or PM? Need more tips? Check out this post on sticking with a workout routine!