I have been feeling very proud of myself lately. For the past two weeks, I have been waking up at 6am on weekdays, at least twice a week, and going to the gym to workout. I recently started a full-time job, which means that the only time I can workout is before 8:30am or after 5pm. Since the gym is PACKED in the late afternoons and evenings, this really only left the mornings as a viable option.
Let me just clarify, I am not saying that excuses aren’t valid. I am saying there is no point making excuse after excuse to avoid something that is hard (but not impossible) to do. At first, I really resisted the idea of waking up at 6am to workout. I haven’t had to wake up regularly at 6am in years! The first day of forcing myself to get up and go was seriously difficult. It is not easy to wake up that early, but you know what? Sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do. There are ways you can make things easier for yourself as well. I will put my gym clothes out the night before and make sure all my meals for the previous day are ready, so that all I need to concentrate on in the mornings is to get to the gym, workout, come home, shower and go to work.
It will become a routine – I promise!
I would say, it took a week to become a routine. After the first few brutal 6am wake ups, my body has gotten used to the fact that it will abruptly be awakened by a ringing alarm and I need to quickly change and get myself out the door. I almost look forward to it now… almost! The feeling of accomplishment after I finish definitely keeps me motivated. Plus, I have found it is much easier to turn down sweet treats. It is all too painful to think about ruining your progress after waking up diligently at 6am to workout!
My challenge to you is to try and wake up early and do a workout this week. Put your workout clothes out the night before, prep some breakfast and set the alarm for whatever works for you. I would suggest doing some light cardio for your first morning workout, as it is a bit of a shock to your body to be so active when you are normally asleep at that time!
Let me know how you feel afterwards – I will be surprised if anyone regrets it. Good luck to you all; you can do it!
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