Then the morning comes
By ljmcpherson on November 15, 2012
5:30 already!? Yoga time!
Is it sad that my sleeping in is getting to sleep until 6:15 on days I run instead of do yoga?
I'm not even a morning person, but I drag myself out of bed almost every morning and do some sort of physical activity.
When I say I'm not a morning person, I really mean it. I'm a "don't talk to me unless you need me to take you to the emergency room and even then if you could just drive yourself that would be better" kind of not morning person. Somehow, though, I get up and go exercise. I don't talk to anyone though. :)
I guess it started because I wanted to run without pushing the stroller. I started running longer distances and the stroller plus the hills were just wearing me out. My options were to get up early or go at night. Since I'm scared of the dark, morning seemed to be the logical option. I still occasionally go later in the day if I miss my alarm or something.
Since, rising early doesn't come naturally for me, I've come up with some different strategies and reasons why to get out of my nice warm bed in the morning. I thought I would share in case you have trouble like me.
1. Lay out your clothes! I'm sure you've heard this before, but it really makes all the difference for me. If I lay them out, that means at least 2 more minutes I can stay in bed. It means no fumbling around in the dark waking everyone up and getting frustrated when I can't find something that matches. The biggest reason I do this is because I know if I don't get up and put those clothes on, when I get up later I'll see them laying there and I'll feel bad about myself. No one wants to spend the day feeling bad about themselves. Laying out your clothes works for so many reasons. I highly recommend it if you are trying to be a morning exerciser.
2. Think of it as crossing something off of your to-do list. We all have about 89,653 things on our to-do lists each day. How great is it to be able to cross something off of your list first thing in the morning? You wouldn't even normally be up and you've already accomplished something for the day.
3. Know that you really can't have a bad day if you started out with a workout. That's right. I said it. Does work totally stress you out? Why not do your workout before you get there? It's the BEST way to start the day. It is really hard to have a bad day when you start it off with some exercise. Plus, you know that after work, you can go home and relax. No need to stress about still needing to get to the gym during peak hours. Or if you are a stay-at-home mommy like me, you will find that it is much easier to be patient with your kiddos if you already got that workout in. You will probably even have the extra energy to keep up with them.
4. It helps you stay healthy all day. When the first choice you make every day is a healthy one, it's much easier to keep making healthy choices all day. Take the stairs, don't have that cookie, eat a better lunch, etc.
5. I've also read that you will sleep better at night if you work out in the morning. I can't attest to this personally because I've never had too much trouble sleeping. If you do, that's a definite advantage right there.
6. I have some other crazy rationalizations I tell myself if I really don't want to get up. Most involve not wanting to take 2 showers. Another is that I know my son is going to wake up soon anyway, so what is just 20 or 30 mins more sleep going to do for me. My main one is that after yoga I get to go to Starbucks on the way home. You may have some crazy rationalizations that will help you. Nothing is too ridiculous that early in the morning. Trust me.
If you still can't get up in the morning after all of that, then you're crazy. Just kidding. We all have different things that work for us and this is what works for me.
I would love to hear if any of you have any other ideas about getting up early and getting your move on.
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