I didn’t start working out in the morning regularly until a few weeks ago. Back in the day, I tried convincing my husband to get up with me. That lasted about a month. When I started running, I would wake up at 6am on Saturdays to get in my mileage. I love running while the sun rises and the neighborhood is still asleep.
When my daughter was taking two naps a day, it was easy for me to workout while she napped mid-morning. Now that she is down to one nap, it doesn’t take long to formulate a million reasons why I can’t fit it in. Maybe I didn’t eat lunch yet or there is laundry to do. Perhaps I need a nap because I was up with a teething toddler the night before. Even pre-baby, if I worked out before dinner, I could come up with a bunch of excuses during the 15 minute drive home. By the time I unlocked the front door, I already convinced myself that working out wasn’t going to happen.
A few weeks ago, it dawned on me. I should ask other moms to join me in the morning. That’s what I did. And here’s what has kept me from rolling over for one last hour of sleep:
Find Workout “Buddies”: I asked a group of moms on FB if they would like to workout with me in the morning. A bunch jumped on board. Many of them already workout in the morning but were happy to have the extra support. I may not be meeting a friend at the gym but when I hit my snooze button, I know that other moms have already posted about their workouts. We rely on each other for motivation and support.
Set Your Alarm(s): My alarm used to be set with time built in. Don’t do this! You will only convince yourself that you “have a few more minutes”. You may even turn your alarm off completely and miss waking up altogether. Place your alarm clock on the other side of the room. Make it loud. Make it annoying. Set a reminder, an appointment, or an event on your phone. Have it say something that will get you moving. Whether you need inspiration or a kick in the butt, you know what needs to be said, so say it to yourself.
Be Prepared: Have your iPod charged and ready to go. By ready to go I mean–have great music! Music can be such a motivation. Even when I workout to Beachbody programs like INSANITY or P90X, I have music in the background.
Set out your clothes and sneakers. If you can, sleep in those clothes. Do whatever it takes so that you can’t make any excuses.
Drink and Eat: Before you start your workout, drink some water and try to eat something to jump start your metabolism. Whether it’s a couple bites of a banana, a few almonds, or these AMAZING ENERGY BITES, the idea of chewing alone will get your mind thinking that it really is time to wake up. **If you make the no-bake energy bites, I suggest letting the toasted coconut cool off. I didn’t wait and so the mini chocolate chips melted. I would rather have little chips in the bites than a chocolate batter. Nevertheless, they are still delicious!!!
Tell the World About Your Workouts: Letting people know your plans to workout ahead of time is like an RSVP. If you say you’re going to do something and you let others know, it makes it a little more difficult to back down.
Plan Your Workouts: How can you get motivated if you wake up not knowing what you are going to do? On Sunday night plan your workouts for the week. Can’t think that far ahead? Then before bed, just make sure you know how you are going to burn those cals after you hit the snooze button in the morning.
As always, good luck! Know when you need a break and when you are making an excuse!