First off, yes you can (I'll give you some of my tips), and here's a list of reasons why you should!
- The early morning work out sets up an extremely productive day! It gives me time to center my thoughts,mapping out a plan of action for what I need to accomplish that day, and gives me an overall peace of mind before starting off the work day! Multiple studies show that morning exercise increases brain functionality and productivity. Google "benefits to morning exercise" and see how many times this one pops up. Morning exercise fills me with the positive energy I need to grab the day by the horns and run it my way!
- No Distractions- When I wake up and head to the gym at 5am, I will not be distracted by the social scene happening there, because well, there isn't one. People are not, generally speaking, super social at 5am. Sure I still see people I know at the gym during this time, however, everyone working out with the early morning crew is there to work! My cell phone isn't ringing, no one is texting me, my husband isn't bugging me about what's for dinner, I'm not stressing about making it to the nail salon before it closes (I do realize this is not a real problem), or worrying about how much time I have left in the evening to do laundry etc. My mind is free from distraction!
- The Morning Run- First thing in the morning, I can really push myself during a treadmill routine, speed training, a short run, or a long run. Part of me thinks this is because my brain isn't fully awake and functioning properly enough to lodge it's complaints. Running is as much mental as physical. The other part of me thinks I'm just more of a morning runner.
- Get it Done- Putting in your work out first thing in the morning clears your day. Your work out is done, and it's not even breakfast time yet. Unless you're running frequent two a days, like some other crazy lady who shall not be named, you've just freed up the remainder of your day! Before you even have time to rationalize how you can talk yourself out of working out (cause it's so early and your brain is asleep) you're done for the day. Awesome-Sauce!
- Proven Statistics- Over 90% of people who work out in the morning, are consistent exercisers. Consistency is essential in yielding results- that's the part we all want! Results!
- Better Sleep- Morning work outs set me up to sleep like a rock. No tossing and turning, no waking up in the middle of the night, head to pillow and off to dream land. Since I began early morning work outs with consistency in early 2012, I've noticed a major increase in how easily I fall asleep and how well I stay asleep. I find my sleep efficiency to have increased as well, meaning I'm not spending time sleeping in or running late. Even on the weekends my internal alarm goes off and it's time to take on the day! Dare I say it- I've turned into a morning person. Now a days, I hate wasting a day sleeping. No one finds this more comical than my Mom. Remember when you would sleep till noon every Saturday?! I never thought you'd be out of bed at 7 on the weekend! I was always the last down stairs at family get togethers, vacation etc. Now I'm first. Times they are a changin! (See number one- increased productivity!)
Ok so all this info is fine and dandy but how do you even start getting your booty OUT of the bed early in the morning?!
- Set your work out cloths out the night before so that all you have to do is put feet to floor, get dressed, grab water, and hit the door! Plan, prepare, succeed
- Tell someone you're going to be there. Accountability. Peer Pressure can be positive!
- Set a goal for the week- I will make the early morning work out three times this week. Reward yourself with a relaxing afternoon- like a pedicure after work!
- Fun alarm tags, we've all seen them. A funny alarm can be very motivating! My favorite right now states, "Forrest Gump can run for three years, you got 30 minutes this morning"
- Be stronger than your excuses. Your excuses are the only thing holding you back! Seriously. Shut it down! Will power is a muscle, the more you flex it, the stronger it gets!
Prior to early 2012, I was NEVER an early morning gym person. I was a sleep in ohhh I'll do it later, kinda person. More often than not, do it later turns into, didn't do it at all. You gotta ask yourself, How bad do I want this? How hard am I willing to work? It's all up to you!