The one with how I became a morning worker-outer

Being in Hawaii has made me SO glad I have somehow become an early morning worker outer. It means I can get the sweatiness over with ASAP and then spend the rest of the day doing important productive stuff like gazing at palm trees and lazing by the pool and sipping on delicious drinks with umbrellas.

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I’m not quite sure how it happened (like most things in my life, ha) and there are a million great articles like this one that can teach you practical stuff about how to become a morning worker-outer BUT I do want to talk about my own personal three main ways of making it happen.

1) I have figured out the magic principal that works for ME in terms of pre-workout eating —> I don’t do it. I drink a giant cup of coffee with tonnes of milk and that is it. For years I thought it was more sensible to eat something before my workout/run because I think that works for a lot of people and I didn’t want to be underfueled. The problems with this though were that a) I would eat something small like a banana or toast and then have the worst side stitches during my workout OR b) I would eat something and then have to wait for at least half an hour to avoid the above point and by the time I got around to workout out it would be hard to psych myself up for it. Now that I just drink my coffee and get out the door I don’t have any side stitches or digestion issues, and I get the workout done before I barely know what’s happening. I’m way more motivated to workout in the morning this way. So: try different stuff, listen to your OWN body not what other people say works for theirs, and do what works for you.

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2) I put on my workout clothes as soon as I wake up. This way I would feel silly to take them off and shower without having worked out so I’m weirdly forced to do it. Putting them out the night before is also super helpful when I don’t want to make much noise in the morning (Curtis and I basically live in a shoebox πŸ™‚ ).

3) I make it my habit. The more I do it the easier it is and I absolutely LOVE having it out of the way before I start my day. I am weird and like to think about how I smashed my workout during the day because it makes me happy. Working out early is also super helpful when my schedule is all over the place and stuff comes up that stops me from being able to work out later on. These things make it easier to make it my habit and that is helpful when I’m forced to leave my delicious bed at an ungodly hour.

So: what time of the day do you work out?

What tips do you have to get that morning workout in?

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8 Responses to The one with how I became a morning worker-outer

  1. Such a timely post! I am a total morning runner. But it all starts the night before. I have to get to bed on time and lay my clothes out. Last night I got to bed late, and was woke up several times so I was tired when the alarm went off. The kids had a snow delay so I decided I could try to sleep in just a little, but I had to run in the morning because there really was no other time to get it done during the day. It’s gotta happen first thing or its a major inconvenience for me. Also, I’m the same about fueling. I’m out of bed and into my running clothes in 5 mins, bathroom break, and then on my run within 10 mins of getting up. I just grab a breakfast bar (soft granola bar) to get some calories, but make sure I have water with me. Empty stomach is the best running situation for me.
    Love your dress in the picture! The scenery looks pretty awesome too.

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    • That’s totally the same for me, if I don’t get it done in the morning it’s just gonna be WAY harder later- pretty good motivation right? πŸ™‚ Oh I’m glad it’s not just me with the fueling thing, its so good getting out there ASAP before you realise what’s happening too right? Thanks so much Lisa, I thought the dress was kinda Hawaiian themed? haha and the scenery was toooo beautiful I just could’t handle it πŸ™‚

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  2. Ahhhh I just LOVE Hawaii! I got to run there a bit when I was visiting in December. I have family that lives there. The scenery is definitely killer! Lucky gal!

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  3. I prefer to workout in the AM when I’m not working – ideally, if I could workout at like 7am I am happy. During the school year, morning workouts mean working out at 5am. I do it, but those are the days I like being an afternoon worker outer πŸ™‚

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    • 7am is a really good time! 5am is WAY more brutal haha! For me it’s all about the bedtime too- because I’m waitressing while I’m at uni my bedtime is ridiculously late sometimes- and there is NO way I am getting up at 5am after that, I’m not quite that dedicated πŸ™‚

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