I have always been one of those people that sleeps until the last possible second during the work week. My husband wakes up about 45 minutes before me and I used to just get so mad that I would hear him get ready and ruin my last moments of beauty sleep. It definitely started my day off on the wrong foot! If the kids woke me up seconds before my alarm went off, I was even frumpier!
I never made time for the gym. I threw a million excuses out there about why I just couldn’t fit it in. I didn’t have the time, the childcare hours didn’t run when I needed it, I was too tired after a long day at work, and when I was home I wanted to be home. Finally, I realized that I had to change something. I felt better when I worked out and I needed to make the time for it. My husband was deploying and I couldn’t rely on him to start dinner and hang with the kids after work.
My best option….5am club!
Geesh, what a HARD thing to do! The first night that I set that morning alarm for 5am I thought that I was crazy! How in the world was I going to get through that next day without that extra hour or two of sleep?! Apparently, I could survive! It took about a week or two to get used to it, but the benefits of how I felt made it all worth it!
Here are my tips for acquiring the motivation to be an early riser!
1. Sleep in your workout clothes
Yes I know…not really the outfit of choice for your spouse! There really is just something about taking that extra step out of the morning routine. It acts as that extra push to get me up and out of the bed! I’m already dressed for it, so I might as well get it done!
2. Don’t check e-mails and read Facebook before you get out of bed!
I know that we have all done it. You roll over, turn off the alarm and you start scrolling through all of the notifications on your phone. This puts you in a reactive state. You are now reacting to all of the messages, drama, and to-do lists that pop up on your phone instead of having control over your morning. Save the phone at least until after the workout is complete!
3. Drink up!
Although there is conflicting viewpoints on whether or not drinking water first thing “reactivates your organs” after that long night of sleep, I just like to go off of how I feel. I’ve always had a hard time getting my daily intake of water. I feel better when I start out my day with a glass of H2O prior to a workout. Try starting your day off with at least 8oz of water before you brew that first cup of coffee.
4. Follow a schedule
I would waste so much time each morning if I didn’t have a workout schedule to follow. I have it hanging on the wall next to my TV and I know exactly which workout I need to complete that day. If I don’t follow a schedule, I’m a mess! I search around, try to find what I’m in the mood for and then I slack off because I pick something easy that doesn’t involve cardio. When I choose (and stick to) a program, I get the best results because I’m forcing myself to do things that I don’t really want to do! That’s discipline!
5. Focus on the positives
I used to roll out of bed with a crappy attitude because I didn’t want to leave the warm bed and get ready for work. I wanted to stay at home and do nothing because it was easy! Well, that’s not reality and I had to get over that. There is no doubt that you feel better after a good workout. When the workout is complete, I like to take time to dive into some personal development, team calls, podcasts, or YouTube videos. Some of my favorites include Bob Proctor and Dani Johnson. I usually play something on my phone as I’m showering and getting ready. Instead of focusing on how tired I am or about the million things I need to accomplish that day, I’m focusing on a positive mindset that is going to help with all aspects of the day.
How many times have you gone to wake up your kids and you yell first thing, “WAKE UP! You’re going to be late! We need to go! Get dressed, brush your teeth and find your shoes!”. Yep, me too! Not only are you showing your stress level, you are stressing them out! Focusing on a positive mindset has helped me to greet them with a smile, a hug, a kiss and a “Good Morning!”.
Think about everything else that you would have time for if you got these things out of the way before the sun comes up! Are you a member of the 5am club?