The alarm sounds at 4:45am. If you’re like me, the shrill sound of the buzzer usually results in an unconscious smack to the snooze button. Well, my alarm clock didn’t get the beating this morning. The alarm went off at 4:45am and I got up, determined to get to the gym before work.
Like everyone else, work takes up the majority of my day and when work ends, I turn into a part-time student or a practicing musician, then there’s housework, eating, sleeping and of course, sharing my ideas through this blog. Fitness is just as important as all of these tasks, but at times it can be overwhelming to balance all within a busy schedule.
Getting up early to go to the gym has been one of those things that I have contemplated doing for a long time. I knew it would be challenging to implement, but as my schedule has been getting busier, I’ve learned that it may hurt at first, but the pain will eventually bring some gain.
I’ve been reading a lot about the early rise to exercise, and why it’s beneficial:
- Exercising in the morning boosts metabolism, increases energy levels and gets your brain activity going – a great start to the day
- Getting your workout done in the morning frees up your evening hours to accomplish any remaining tasks at hand
- No more after work excuses: I’m too tired, stressed or out of time because I’ve had to work late
- Continuing the early rise will… (gasp!) slowly turn me into a perpetual early morning riser
I believe if I can do this, anyone can – it’s all about being prepared:
- Pre-pack! it’s hard enough to get up that early, it will be harder knowing you have to put your things together at such an early hour. The night before, pack everything you will need (lunch, toiletries, work clothes) for the next day so you can get up and go
- Sleep in your gym clothes – you will simply have to roll out of bed, brush your teeth, wash your face and head out
- Get 7-8 hours sleep each night (something I need to improve on)
- Rewards! Reward yourself for each time you’ve completed each day or a full week of rising early. There’s a Starbucks near my gym, so this morning I treated a coffee
I constantly remind myself that my health is a priority. I make ways to fit physical activity into my schedule by creating new habits that will eventually turn into behaviours.