Monday, November 28, 2011

My Top Five Tips For Getting Your Workout In Early

So as you may or may not remember, I set a goal 21 days ago.  I'm proud to say that I pretty much kicked it's butt!! Did I get up first thing EVERY morning? Nope. Did I get up and work out before work, church, and my other activities. YES.

It's true what they say that the hardest step is the first one. But once I made it to the gym, I found myself wishing that I had gotten up earlier to have more time!

Will I continue to workout in the morning? Absolutely! It's not always the most practical choice, but more often than not it is! It's great to be in the gym when it's quiet and almost empty. I'm not going to lie, it kinda makes you feel like a badass just being there!

I also get ready in less time (less distractions while getting ready) and I'm earlier to work. All great things!

So I thought I'd share what has worked best for me. So here are my top five tips for getting up early and getting your workout in:

5. Think about how awesome it will be to get off work and be able to come home and hang out with your family/put your feet up/eat dinner/watch tv/whatever.
4.  Get to bed at a decent hour. My goal was 7 hours of sleep minimum but hoped for at least 8.
3.   Avoid Nyquil. :)
2. Pack a dedicated gym bag (mine has a travel hairdryer and straightener, shower shoes, shower kit with shampoo, conditioner, and face wash, etc.). This way you don't have to worry if these key items are in your gym bag or your bathroom.
1. PLAN AHEAD. The first thing I do when I get home from work is change out my towel, unload my dirty clothes and pack tomorrow's outfit. That way it's ready to go in the AM. It takes 10 minutes and then it's done.

Another logistical thing I learned from the other women who shower at the gym... When you're finished with your towel, hang it on a clothes hanger then you can hang it in your car. Helps dry it out.

I hope this helps you out if you're thinking about trying to work out in the morning. I never thought I'd be the person to get up and work out before work. But I LOVE it and I feel so great for the rest of the day. It's 'my time' and it allows me to focus on the day. I'd encourage you to give it a shot!

Hope you all are having a great week so far!!


  1. I wish I could work out in the AM but with me being a stay at home mom, it doesn't work until Mike's home at nigh :(

  2. I'm very impressed. I already struggle to get out of bed between 6 and 6:30am for work - I don't see me ever choosing to get out of bed any earlier! :)

  3. I would love to get up early and go to the gym but mine doesnt open till like 6 and I have to get the kids up and ready to go to school BUT i did put a bike trainer in the house so I'm hoping to get up early on some days and get my ride out of the way!

  4. Great tips! I need to be better about working out in the morning.

  5. these are awesome tips and i must say that i agree with all of them...especially the nyquil one. eeek. had a not so good experience with that one in the last month :)

  6. I completely was so hard for me to get into a routine of getting up early and working out. The hardest part for me is getting out of the bed, but once I'm up and going, I am thinking the same thing...I wish I had more time at the gym! lol But I'm so glad that I do it!

  7. I agree with all of the above. I spent many years hitting the gym and shower before work...a little prep and you're off to a great start for you day. BTW, my Yoga Booty Ballet dvd's are a few years old but I think they continue making them...check it out, I love it.