Over the past 2 weeks I've done something that I never thought possible: become a morning person! I have literally been trying to figure out how to do this over the past 2, even 3 years! I first found Tone It Up in college, and if you know Karena and Katrina they always talk about getting your "booty call" in and how great it is for the rest of your day. Even in college I would come up with excuses as to why I couldn't work out early in the morning...and by early I mean before my 10:30am class. I'm still kicking myself for not building these healthy habits earlier. Anyway, as I continued into my grad school where I actually did work 40+ hours a week, my excuses were even better. Same goes for my first full time job. I would explain it away with "of course THEY have time to do it, it's their JOB!" But with my NEW full time job, I've experienced something that has helped me--a flexible schedule. AKA, nobody is watching my desk for the exact minute I arrive. I also have commitments later in the evening so my 8 hour work day shifts. But, I'll definitely say the fact that nobody is watching me like a hawk has helped. Here's are some of my other tips that I've realized:
- Be intentional when you go to bed. Don't set your alarm to get up and workout unless you are really going to do it. I can tell you from experience that setting an alarm for an hour earlier and then snoozing it and sleeping for the rest of that hour will make you feel worse about yourself. And you won't sleep that well. Instead, set your alarm and put a motivational quote that pops up. My motivational quote? "Do it now." Like I said in an earlier post, I say "do it now" to myself before bed and as soon as that alarm goes off. It reminds me of what my goals are and why I'm intentionally waking up to become a better person.
- Love the workout you're planning on doing. You've got to be excited about what you're going to do, or trust me, you won't do it! I've fallen in love with my HIIT workouts in the morning that last around 25 minutes, or the ChaLEAN Extreme weight training workouts. Its less cardio and jumping but makes your muscles shake! I'm always excited to push play.
- Energy and Endurance. Okay, okay, okay.... I know I've talked about this like 3 times in the past week, but I'm obsessed! It has helped me get out of bed more than anything else. I know that it's going to give me a rush of energy to push through the workout. Even on days when I wake up and think "OMG I just want to lay here and not move," in the back of my mind I know that my E&E is going to help kick start my butt to burn off the calories! (Click here to read more about Energy and Endurance)
- Lay out your clothes the night before. There's nothing worse than trying to search through my closet for my sweat band or sports bra. You might not need this tip if you're a really organized person, unfortunately, I don't suffer from that.
- KNOW THAT YOU'RE WORTH IT! This is huge. You MUST believe in yourself. Even if you have a job like I used to have, where someone watched the exact time you showed up and left--don't let that hold you back. SO WHAT if you're 10 or 20 minutes late, you'll stay that amount of time extra and not have the pressure of getting your workout in after work.