Do y’all have snow today?! We do. I live in Atlanta, we are NOT made for snow. I don’t hate it today though, because it came overnight and not in the middle of the day where we all get stuck in traffic. So I am cozy in my blanket working from home.
One of my goals this year was to start exercising regularly. However, my schedule is insane. I leave my house around 7 to go to work, and I’m home around 7. Then I actually want to spend time with my husband, do blog things, and be in bed on time to do it all over again.
So really the only option for me is to get up early and squeeze in a workout before I leave for work. This plan has a few flaws. A. I get up 15 minutes before I have to walk out the door, and B. I shower at night. So in order for me to get up early enough to leave, I need to wake up no later than 5. YIKES.
So I’m tricking my body into thinking it’s a morning person. Here’s how I’m doing it.
- Go to bed early. I cannot get sucked into Friend’s episodes I’ve seen, quite literally, millions of times.
- Lay out everything the night before. I think I am a goddess of organization when I get up and my workout clothes are in a pile on my counter and my outfit for work is hung up in my “cloffice.” It saves me so much time in the morning.
- Drink a huge glass of water right when you wake up. I have no science behind this, but it gives you a jolt to get you moving.
- Think of how great you are going to feel post-workout. You know the saying, “You never regret a workout.” This is true. The endorphins, adrenaline, and metabolism boost are going to make you feel great and energized all day.
- Think of how much time you gain! I go from having 15 minutes in the morning to 2 extra hours! I do my workout, make breakfast, have a cup of tea, take a shower, get ready while I watch Good Morning America, and THEN leave my house. It’s so nice having all this extra time to get things done.
- Have a group motivation text. There are several of my friends in the office who are also trying the morning workout routine. We text each other at 5:30 to make sure we are up and moving. It worked GREAT today because I totally slept through my alarm, but heard their text!
- Avoid napping. This is hard when you get up so early, but avoiding naps will help you go to bed earlier, keep your sleep cycle regular and stick to a routine.
- Turn on the lights. I have a little harder time with this because my husband doesn’t get up until 8:30. So even on days when I don’t wake up at 5, I’m tip-toeing around using my phone flashlight. But as soon as I can get to a light that isn’t going to wake him up, I turn them all on. It helps my brain think it’s time to get up.
- Wear cute clothes. Whether that is workout or work clothes, if I like what I’m wearing, I’m more excited to get up and put it on.
- JUST DO IT. Make it a crucial part of your day…like brushing your teeth.
Are you a morning person or a night owl? What are your tips for getting up and moving?