Waking up early for the gym.. What works for you??

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  • TR0berts
    TR0berts Posts: 7,739 Member
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    I have not tricks, I guess. I get up at 4:15 M-Th and 5 on Friday.

    IMHO, either you want it, or you don't.


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  • sullus
    sullus Posts: 2,839 Member
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    I put an alarm clock in the bathroom. That way, once I shut it off, I'm thinking "well, I'm already in here ...."
  • amsipub
    amsipub Posts: 84 Member
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    I know that there are a lot of pros to working out first thing in the morning, but my body isn't flexible enough and I can't move or do the things like I can in the evening. So, morning workouts don't do it for me. It does mean that I have to make it a priority so it doesn't slide into not working out. I have several workout options that I look forward to doing so I do exercise.

    You just need to figure out what works best for you and not get caught up with what is best practice.
  • M22KY
    M22KY Posts: 61 Member
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    Just knowing that at the end of the work day all I have to do is go home, eat dinner, and lounge on my couch is motivation enough for me to do my 5:30 a.m. run. I absolutely will not exercise if I wait 'til the end of the day. I just know I won't so I get my *kitten* up early and get it over with.
  • stephaniesteelman
    stephaniesteelman Posts: 10 Member
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    I get up at 4:30 every morning because I have to work out before my kids (twin 5 year olds and a 9 month old) wake up.

    I set two alarm clocks. That way if I snooze my real alarm clock, my phone alarm will be ringing within 5 minutes. And like others have said, I put my workout clothes out the night before.

    MFP has really helped me wake up early too. I very rarely have an option to work out unless I work out early in the morning. But I can see the benefits of my early workout all day in MFP. After I log my calorie burn from my heart rate monitor, I feel better about myself during the day, and I get to eat more!

    I do workout dvd's at home so I don't have an accountability partner, and MFP has helped me fill that void. My friends know I'm working out, and if I don't post my workout for a few days, they start asking. That has really helped me. If I were you I'd find one or find friends on here that will do that for you.

    Good luck! You can do this!
  • indarican
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    Again these are some great tips... I saw a few that said I should check my bedtime. I dont think that is the problem as i go to bed around 9pm everynight (since forever, my friends think i was born old...lol) But i do have an issue of waking up in the middle of the night at like 2 or 3 am and not being able to get back to sleep for like an hour or so, Im thinking this is why i feel so sluggish when I try to wake up again at 530 or 6
  • rllewell
    rllewell Posts: 234
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    I have told many that folks fail at working out because scheduling conflicts get in their way and/or they are not motivated to workout at that particular time. So YOU have to find the right time for YOU to consistently workout 4-6 days a week. For me there are no scheduling conflicts at 5:30 AM in the morning! I also lose motivation in the evenings so mornings fit me just right.

    So here is my routine and tips:

    Pack and organize your workout gear the night before - I go to a gym and then go directly to work so I am also organizing my work cloths for that day. I store/hang it all in our mud room, ready to go straight out the garage door.

    Go to bed early - I try my best to be in bed by 10 PM.

    5:30 AM Wake-up - No snooze button, just roll out of bed, pee, put on workout clothes, brush your teeth, and get out the door by 5:40 AM and drive to Gym. I do not eat or drink anything but I know some folks have to, they can do that on the way.

    Workout from 6 AM to 7:15 AM - M, W, F = Strength Training + Abs, T, Th, S = Cardio + stretching. Sunday is my day of rest but I've been known to go on a run or hike.

    Shower, Shave, Dress for Work - Some folks have issues justifying the expense of a gym membership. I have always included the cost of my gym being my daily morning bathroom 6 days a week.
  • AisforAmazing19
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    I do my AM stuff at home so I don't have anywhere to go. If I am doing a 75-minute cycling workout, that means I need to be on the bike by 4:45AM but I can get up at 4:40, roll out of bed, grab my clothes and put on my shoes, and eat a granola bar while on the bike.
  • gaevren
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    I have told many that folks fail at working out because scheduling conflicts get in their way and/or they are not motivated to workout at that particular time. So YOU have to find the right time for YOU to consistently workout 4-6 days a week. For me there are no scheduling conflicts at 5:30 AM in the morning! I also lose motivation in the evenings so mornings fit me just right.

    Pretty much this. When I got a full-time job it completely screwed up my previous exercise schedule (about 6 am). Between getting kids ready for school and getting myself ready for work that just wasn't going to cut it anymore. I tried a variety of things, including working out in the evenings but there are always so many random things happening in the evenings between myself, my husband and my kids that my exercise schedule kept getting blasted to smithereens.

    Turns out, the ONLY time when there are no scheduling conflicts for me is 4 am! I set my alarm for 3:45 which gives me enough time to roll out of bed, throw on my exercise clothes (which I lay out the night before as many others do), quick brush of the teeth, grab water/towel/cellphone/headphones and then go. I work out for about an hour before heading home and starting to get kids up (high schooler especially) and getting myself ready for work, breakfast, etc.

    I'm going to a different gym now but one thing that REALLY helped me was going with someone. We would alternate weeks on who would pick up who and it worked great. We both felt we HAD to get up because the other person was depending on us...either to pick them up, or to be ready to be picked up! Now I just have to force myself out of bed...I don't really have any hints. This morning was especially hard. The bed was wonderfully warm, and soft, and fabulous, and EVIL. I hit my snooze and during those few minutes told myself "I do NOT SKIP WORKOUTS. I DO NOT QUIT." When the snooze went off I dragged myself up (still grumpy mind you) and got moving. I knew I would be glad I did and I was!

    You can do it!
  • Dreaj79
    Dreaj79 Posts: 212
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    Im a new early gym convert. I was making too many excuses after work. It was really hard at first. I was drinking coffee before my workouts to perk up. Now I wake up 5 minutes before my alarm goes off. My body just reset itself I guess. Hang in there and maybe yours will do the same. I started making it a part of my work day and i've got a streak going. Just start and build your momentum from there. Good luck!