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I will be the first to admit, I am not a morning person. It takes me a while to become “Renee” where I’ll talk to anyone. It’s a grunt or mhm, for about 45 minutes and then I’ll start talking, before then don’t try. But even though I am not a morning person I prefer working out in the morning, because it’s done and after work, I don’t have to worry about it. When I mean morning I mean by 5 am I am at the gym, yup 5 am which means I’m out of bed by 4:15 the latest. Since I used to do this for almost 2 years, and have most recently gotten back into going to the gym in the morning. I figured I’d share my tips that have helped me get back to the 5 am gym sessions, and what has kept me going.
1. Put your clothes out the night before + gym bag ready. I can’t tell you how much this has helped me. It’s so much easier to get up and go quicker when my clothes are all out and my gym bag essentials are prepped and ready. Sometimes I don’t need my bag so I just make sure my water bottle and gum (see #5) are ready for me to grab and go. On the days I run + lift weights I bring more things, hence needing the gym bag. But seriously get your clothes out the night before, life saver.
2. Set a good alarm clock. This may seem foolish but if you’re a deep sleeper or, like me need 4 alarms to get out of bed on time. I use my cell phone because of the different tones I can use, plus it’s closer than my actual clock LOL. I set 3 alarms, each has a different tone and is more annoying than the one before it. Once I am in routine usually (as long as I’ve gotten enough sleep) I just need the first one and I’m out of bed.
3. Goals + Rewards. I always set weekly goals for myself, such as “go to the gym 4 days that week.” The following week it could be- go 5 days, and then the next week it can be, lift 10 more lbs than last week, etc. It can be anything, whatever you want your end results to be, set small weekly, attainable goals. Something that when you’re starting out will be “easy” to make but not too easy where it doesn’t challenge you. Do you get what I’m saying? WIth goals, comes a reward system. Say you went to the gym 4 days that week, you kicked butt and really feel great that you went even if you didn’t want to. Treat yourself, it can be food related, or maybe a glass of wine, or that cute t-shirt you’ve been eyeing. Literally, anything that you would want to put in the work to earn. Once you set the goals + rewards keep them visible, where you get dressed in the morning or in a notebook that you bring to the gym with you to keep track. For me? It can vary, maybe it’s pizza, a burrito or tacos, a glass of wine, a tank top, or maybe it’s a date night out with CA.
4.Accountability buddy. Before my biff got injured her and I went to the gym at 5 am together. We used to text each other each morning motivating each other to get to the gym, especially in the winter months. If you don’t have someone to go to the gym at 5 am with you, maybe you have other friends who you could check in with after you’re done saying DONE and a gym selfie. My other best friend Brey is currently working out constantly and I enlisted her to be my accountability partner. She and I made a pact and we’re going to be running a 10K May 5th, and I am excited. It’s motivated me to get back to the gym and run again and have renewed my passion to workout and do it for me. I’m also in a few groups where we all do check-ins once a week, what we struggled with and what we triumphed that week. I am also very lucky that CA is active and is a great motivator and butt kicker when needed.
5.Alert Caffeine Gum. I don’t know about you, but I can’t eat before I workout nor can I stomach something before 7 am. But some mornings, I just needed an extra boost of caffeine, but since I’ve been trying to cut out coffee I needed an alternate. Enter Alert Caffeine Gum! It’s like portable coffee, yet less messy, no chance of it becoming cold and it can basically go anywhere! I can throw this in my gym bag, my purse (for after gym sessions), or my flip belt for those future long runs. I know I can count on Alert Caffeine Gum to give me a boost for my runs whether I’m at the gym or outside. Do you need something to give you a boost this cold winter to get out there and workout? See more details about Alert Caffeine Gum here!
What helps you get moving in the morning? Or making sure you go work out? Tell me in the comments below!