Becoming A Morning Exerciser

There are 24 hours in a day; 168 in a week; 720-744 in a month; 8,760 in a year. When you figure you sleep at most 8 hours a day, that’s 2,920 hours. Another 50 weeks at 8 hours per day working is another 2,000 hours. That leaves approximately 3,840 hours left to do whatever you want. Now mind you these are all estimates but shake it anyway you want, there’s plenty of time to find time to exercise. For some, that might mean first thing in the morning. “But I can’t get up that early”, or “I need my sleep”, or “I don’t have the time” are some of the usual excuses I hear. And you know what? I’m not a morning exerciser either but I know someone who is and can teach you a thing or two about exercising in the morning – my wife.

Why the Morning?

It’s known that some of the top executives in the country do their workouts in the a.m. They have their reasons but most would assume incorrectly that a person of such high power and responsibility doesn’t have the time for a workout. For one, it’s a priority to them. Nothing happens in their day until the workout is complete. Second, many use it as the only time of day when it’s them and only them. But for my wife, it became a necessity that has grown into tremendous success for her. Six years ago, she entered the world of the sport of triathlon (for those who don’t know, that’s three exercises in one – swim, bike, and run). After a couple of years of getting her “feet wet”, she took to the sport more seriously and entered races not only as a participant but as a competitor. She’s placed in races and even partook in the grand race in triathlon known as the “Iron” distance last year. But the real shift for her began when she started to work out first thing in the morning. I’ll admit, I never thought she could do it. She likes her sleep as much as the next person but when you’re trying to juggle our work schedules, a young boy, and the ability to train and develop three disciplines, there was only one option and she’s run with it.

How To Do It?

With the exception of having to change your wake up time, everything else is just the same. Exercise knows no time. Here are some of the tips she offers to become a morning exerciser:

  • Snooze is your enemy. Set your clock for when you get up and GET UP when it goes off. If you sit and contemplate, you won’t get up or cut into your work out time.
  • Lay out your clothes the night before. Sifting through your closets and drawers half awake will not end well.
  • Prepare any pre-workout fuel/meal the night before too. Not having to think about it in the morning will save you time.
  • Plan your workouts ahead of time. Go in with a plan and stick to it.
  • Gradually build into the time (i.e. don’t go super early at first). Start with an early time in mind and then progress to earlier.
  • Remind yourself to get it done so you won’t have the guilt of missing or pushing it off until later. Life happens so best to take charge of it while you can.
  • Most likely you’ll be with very like-minded people and they’ll generally support your efforts as opposed to 6 p.m. at night
  • Be sure to refuel properly after the workout because since it’s morning, your more likely to skip or forget to eat when in reality you still have the whole day ahead of you.

Best part? At the end of the day you’re done! No more hoping you make it to the gym; you’ve already been there. You may still decide that the morning is still not your thing and that’s ok. Just know that whatever your excuse, it’s completely invalid

Til next time, train hard, eat well, and be better.

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