Well, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been quite MIA lately. With my ACSM certification exam last week, I dedicated all my extra time to studying, which put blogging on the back burner. Sad! But luckily my hard work paid off because I passed! I can now brag that I hold two highly-renowned personal training certificates! (And, not to toot my own horn, I attained them both within 3 months of each other!) Goes to show, if you want it enough, you will do it! Well, now that I’m all ‘certed-up’ I can come bak to what I love – blogging about health and fitness!
Having a tight study schedule and a bustling new fitness career has left little time for my own workouts! Now you may say, “But Emily your job is to workout!” Well, yes and no. When I’m teaching barre most of the class I am verbally cueing movements and corrections so I can have my hands free to help my students. When I’m training clients, the emphasis is on their workout, not mine… obviously. And, when I teach my other group exercise classes, yes I do work up a bit of a sweat but I can’t go full out or I’d have no voice to speak to the class and I like to make sure I give hands on corrections as much as possible. Ultimately, my day is filled with helping others reach their fitness goals – and I love it! But this leaves little time for my own workouts. So I have regressed back to being an early morning exerciser like I was when I worked a corporate 9 to whatever time I finished my work.
Do I like waking up before its light out? No, not really. Does anyone? What I love though is the feeling during and especially after my workout. Waking up is the hardest part! But once you’re there, a morning sweat session is so fulfilling and if you have a busy schedule, it’s seriously the best time to get it done for a number of reasons!
- You don’t feel like you’re missing out – When you wake up before the sun, you don’t have the pressure of other obligations or social outings weighing over you. I mean, let’s be honest. If you get invited to happy hour but you have an evening workout planned, which option will you choose?
- You burn more calories throughout the day – Workout first thing in the morning (especially HIIT or strength training) and you turn up your body’s calorie burning potential for the rest of the day!
- You have more energy – get into bed just 30-60 minutes earlier and set your alarm 60 minutes earlier to get in a good workout. Despite an earlier wake up call, you’ll feel more energized throughout the rest of the day!
- You’re more productive – By starting your day with a sweat sesh, you feel accomplished before your day has even started! This motivation will set the tone for the rest of your busy day, leading to more productivity.
- You’ll sleep better – studies show that people who workout get a better night’s sleep than sedentary individuals. And, even more recent studies show this benefit increases when your workout happens first thing!
Okay, now I know what you’re thinking. This sounds great and all, but you’re just “not a morning person.” Not everyone is born hopping out of bed with a high pony-tail ready to tackle the day. Let me tell you, I press my snooze button to this day! However, I have trained my motivation to speak louder than my cozy bed, dark room, and heavy eyelids. This means that you can too! To help you get your foot in that gym or class door early tomorrow AM before all your holiday festivities begin, here are 8 tips to help you become an early morning person!
- Set your clothes out the night before – This sets the tone the night before and makes your early rise easier the next day! By setting out your clothes, you are cueing your brain to commit to getting up and working the next morning. When you wakeup, you’ll see your clothes and remember the commitment you made to your health and fitness the night before.
- Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier – okay so I know getting in the habit of pressing your snooze button is frowned upon now by recent sleep studies. But let me tell you, I will press my snooze button no matter what. So, instead of shortening my workout by 10 minutes to allow myself to enjoy my snuggly bed just a little longer, I set my alarm 10 minutes earlier so I get the luxury of pressing that darn snooze button.
- Get to bed earlier – If you go to bed late, most likely you will be less inclined to get out of bed. Give yourself one less excuse and turn out the lights early! Can’t fall asleep? It only takes one early morning to help you get on the schedule. Wake up before the sun and you’ll be tired earlier. Start the cycle now!
- Eat a healthy dinner and time it correctly – No one likes to wake up to indigestion or a full stomach from the night before and head to the gym. Avoid early morning stomach sickness by having your dinner at least 1..5 to 2 hours before bed and filling your plate with nutritious and delicious veggies and protein! Hungry before bed? Have a warm glass of unsweetened almond milk.
- Coffee! – When all else fails, turn to caffeine! I drink coffee 30 minutes before my morning workout everyday! Not only will this little caffeine boost help you get out of the door, coffee has been proven to possibly increase your endurance and pain threshold so you can sweat longer and harder.
- Music – Wake yourself up with some pumping toons!
- Visualization – Visualize how amazing you will feel when it’s all done! Accomplished, energized, and refreshed are all symptoms of an awesome morning workout! Plus, that healthy breakfast will taste even better when you’re all done!
- Results – Once you see results and, with consistency, you will, you’ll be hooked!
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