Almost every time I tell someone that I go to the gym at 5am during the week, I get a “OMG you’re crazy!!” Every. Single. Time. You know what’s crazier?? I have the flexibility to workout at a later time, I choose to go that early.
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In college, I would go to the gym in the afternoon, evening, whenever I had time. I was extremely flexible with when I could go, depending on my schedule. Sometimes I even went around 9pm. My first year after college, I also went in the evenings, typically 5:30pm-7:00pm after work. Eventually, it became a hassle get myself motivated to go to the gym at that time.
The last couple years, I have gone through a lot of changes, like most people. My schedule has changed, I’ve changed. Getting myself to the gym started becoming a hassle and a chore. I kept bringing my gym bag with me to work and end up talking myself out of going. I knew I wanted needed to go, but my desire wasn’t there. By the end of the day, my motivation & energy was almost gone. I just wanted to go home and relax. Even if I did end up going, I did not want to be there would typically end up getting in a very mediocre workout. Plus everyone goes to the gym at 5pm and it’s super crowded. Ugh.
That is why I decided to make the change & it ended up being one of the best things I could’ve done for myself. Working out has always been one of my favorite forms of self-care & I knew that it needed to be a part of my daily routine.
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When I don’t workout, my mental health struggles. So, I knew that I needed to make a change. If you’re in the same boat as I was and struggling to get into a workout routine, I want to share with you why I think you should consider early morning workouts. It can be a daunting thought, but it might be worth it!
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YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOURSELF.
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about myself and what works best for me. Contrary to most people, early mornings is when I have the most focus and energy. I know I need to get my most important tasks done first thing in the morning because that’s when I’m at my best. So, I had a crazy thought to try getting in my workout before work. Get it out of the way so I can spend the rest of the day not worrying about it.
I’ve always loved early mornings. I would always say that I wished I could get myself to workout early in the morning, but I thought it was a crazy thought so it never really occurred to me to even try working out so early because it seemed so crazy.
But, the more that I think about it, the more that it just makes sense for me. There’s something so refreshing about being able to put in my headphones & crush a workout before the sun comes up & everyone else wakes up. You know what’s also crazy? There’s even “crazier” people in the middle of their workout when I get there.
Here’s what I noticed from making the change:
- I haven’t talked myself out of a workout since making the change
- My mood is much better- I was waking up in a horrible mood almost every morning
- I make healthier decisions throughout the day
- I have more energy
- I have much better focus
- I get a quarter of a gallon of water in by 7am
- My workouts are much more intense
- My workout is done and out of the way by 6:30am
Granted, it took about 2-3 weeks for my body to get used to this new routine. I remember falling asleep at 4pm on day 3 of it. I started out with less intense workouts & stuck with it until it became a habit for me.
The thing is, you have to know yourself. Early morning workouts are not for everyone. Some people have much more energy in the evening, so that makes more sense. Going to the gym at 9pm sounds crazy to me! I prefer to be deep in REM sleep by 10pm.
You also have to be able to make adjustments throughout the years. Listen to your body and know what makes the most sense for you. 5am workouts may never be feasible for some people & that’s OK. For me, this is what works.
>> If you are interested in learning more about how to make the transition, make sure you check out my 3 Tips for Early Morning Workouts! Also make sure you check out my post about My 10 Tips For Beating Bloat & Getting Back On Track. <3
GET RID OF FEAR OF POTENTIAL JUDGEMENT.
If you have entertained the idea of working out in the morning, but you haven’t yet because you are afraid of how “crazy” it will seem to other people, you are truly holding yourself back. There is nothing wrong with working out first thing in the morning, especially if you think it will be beneficial for you & your schedule.
One of my favorite things to say is, take your power back! If it’s something that you would like to give a try, do it! I would also highly recommend reading my 3 Tips for Early Morning Workouts because I lay out exactly how I was able to make the transition and IT WORKS! Who cares if it’s super early and people might judge you?! You are there for yourself and that’s all that matters! <3
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Fitness is a very important part of my life. Most people who get into fitness get this feeling because it’s almost like you get to experience life in a whole different way. You feel better about yourself, you have more energy, you’re pleased with what you look like. There are so many benefits. I felt lost & insecure with myself when I was struggling to get myself motivated to go back to the gym. I go in more depth about this experience in My Fitness Journey | Choosing Yourself First.
For me, at this point in my life, going to the gym at 5am is what works for me! Maybe… just maybe you will like it too if you give it a chance. 🙂
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