When you have two small children and a full time job, it is hard to make time for fitness, and I’ll be honest, the idea of getting up early just to workout was laughable just a couple of months ago. Yet, I can honestly tell you that I have to get my workout in every morning, or I am one grumpy mommy.
How, you might ask, did I go from being best friends with my snooze button to rolling out of bed at 4:30 in the morning to do crunches? (Yes, my alarm goes off at 4:30.) Here are my three best tips for leaving to love the pre-sunrise workout:
- First off, chose a workout you will enjoy. You will never get up early to go running if you hate to run. You will chose the snooze button every time. Find something you love to do so that it’s a little easier to convince yourself to get up.
- Second, plan on failure. It is hard to start a new habit. Plan on missing a few days. Be prepared to fight with your alarm clock. It’s going to take a lot of effort to get out of bed, but I promise it’s worth it!
- Third, stay positive! Don’t think about the sleep you could have gotten (just go to bed earlier tonight). Instead, feel how energized your body feels after a good workout. Pay attention to how you start your day with a bounce in your step. Listen to your body and it will tell you how much it appreciates the effort.
It took about two good months for me to really get into the habit of working out in the morning, but now that I’m here, I love it. I’m not saying there aren’t days when I just want to stay tucked in under the covers and cuddle with the hubby, but more oft than not, I’m looking forward to breaking a sweat before anyone else gets up.
Now, if I’ve convinced you to give it a try, but you’re not sure where to start, here’s my usual routine. I sometimes will sub some yoga in for the planks or do a ballet barre routine instead of the lower body work; like I said, make it work for you. The reps listed are what I am doing currently. If you’re just getting started, start with 5 and work your way up.
As always, discuss any changes to your exercise routine with your health care provider, especially if you have any medical conditions or injuries.