Wake Up and Work Out!

Now that I’m working a part-time job on top of my full-time job, I have to make it to the gym before I start my work day.  Thankfully, I only have to do this a couple of times a week – such as tomorrow.  I’ll admit it can be really hard to motivate myself and head to the gym at 5am when it’s still dark and freezing out but then again I know how much better my day will be if I break a sweat in the morning.  And I know I’m a morning person so it’s a tiny bit easier for me but even if you’re not an early bird, you can still learn to rise and shine!

Here’s how I make it out the door for a morning workout:

  • Go to bed early at night – usually by 9:30ish
  • Set my alarm (and ban the snooze button)
  • Don’t leave time to dilly dally.  I give myself 10-15 minutes to get up and out the door (I also don’t eat before an early workout, or care what I look like so it’s pretty easy getting ready)
  • Lay out my clothes, ipod, headband, etc. the night before
  • Find a workout friend!  It’s harder to bail on a workout when you have someone waiting on you.  I only have 1 friend that works-out in the morning but it’s better no one (Yeahhh gooo Kristen!! :D)
  • Eat a couple energy chews as soon as I wake up, such as FRS chews or sport beans (this actually gets me really excited – I love energy chews!)

If I still don’t want to get up, I think about the benefits of working-out in the A.M.:

  • It “jump starts” your metabolism for the rest of the day
  • There’s waaaay fewer people at the gym in the morning
  • Energizes you throughout the day
  • Less likely to skip the workout due to unanticipated events, happy hours and/or laziness
  • More productive at work
  • Make smarter food choices when you start the day off right

Most of the time these tricks work for me but some days when I really can’t get out of bed, I either workout during my lunch break or just take the day off!

Question of the day:

What’s your TIP for working out in the AM??

Do you know what I love more than anything?

It’s crawling out of my warm, amazingly comfortable bed at 4:45am and heading over to the gym in the dark, 8 degree weather (-6 with the wind chill)!   Yup, I just loooooove doing that. 😉  But I did it and I survived.  Today is a cross training day, so I hopped on the **new** elliptical at my gym for 25 minutes of “random intervals” at a level of 8.  Then I moved onto this great 15 minute interval workout that I found last night on the fitness blog Sarah Fit (another awesome Boston blogger).  If you’re looking for new workout idea’s you should def. check out her blog….  it’s loaded with her own YouTube exercise video’s!

Btw, I believe my gym was the first gym built in Boston around the early 1700’s and it still has the same equipment and cardio machines as the day it opened.  Cool, huh? 😉  On a good note, they ordered new stairmasters and ellipticals so I was able to use a new elliptical today.

And I love it (well as much as you can love an elliptical…   I’m a treadmill/stair-master gal).

Breakfast

Around 7:30, I was starving so I warmed up 2 apple cinnamon oat muffins in the microwave, topped them with almond butter (no pictures; I ate them too fast) and a bowl of fresh strawberries.

I also had a couple of cups of home-made Dunkin’s hazelnut coffee with almond milk.  Mike offered to treat me to a real coffee at Dunkin Donuts this morning but I actually prefer our home-made stuff! (Mom: I know you don’t believe that statement but it’s true!)  Maybe it’s the almond milk that makes our home-made version so tasty?

OK, time to head to my friends for a “re-decorate my apartment/wine/dinner” party.

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How is the equipment at your gym?  Old? New?

Do you watch exercise video’s on YouTube?