Motivating you

Get out of bed! Time to get serious about your workouts…and your health.

Your alarm goes off at 5:30 am, you press snooze and fall back asleep.  Ten minutes later you’re pressing snooze again. Now your alarm is interrupting your sleep for the third time. You now realise it’s decision time – do I get up and go for my workout, go to the gym, swim my laps, do the class? “It’s raining outside or it’s too hot” you tell yourself. “I’m still tired, I’ll do it at the end of the day”…. Do you have THIS conversation with your pillow every morning?

You will never win an argument with your pillow.

So don’t start one! This is the point where you have to take charge of your health and fitness so don’t give in to temptation. Don’t let your pillow rule your fitness! At this early hour of the day, you’re decision making ability is still far behind, approximately somewhere in the pasture with all the sheep you were counting not long ago. After a long day at work, you’re ability to rationalise once fatigue has set in, is somewhere in the same pasture! If you are aiming  to become or are a morning exerciser, there will always be good reasons to stay in bed. And as a personal trainer and instructor of early morning classes for almost 10 years, I have heard them all!  Your bed will always be too cosy and just the right temperature. Your pillow is instantly the object you most desire. If you are an evening exerciser, the couch will be too comfortable. So stop talking to the furniture and get up already!

You must have a plan

Decide the night before or plan the week ahead, what your workout routine is going to be for the next day or for that week. Don’t tell yourself you’ll get there soon, make a date. It is imperative you write it down, diarise  it, and get the satisfaction that you can tick it off, goal attained!

Be organised

Lay out your workout gear the night before if you’re a morning exerciser so you don’t have to think about clothing, water bottles or towel first thing. Lay out your clothing so the transition from work clothes to gym attire is an easy one. We all know that sometimes, getting to the gym is the hardest part!

Don’t think about it, just do it

Depending on your lifestyle, you may not have much flexibility in your daily routine but if you find you have been missing more sessions than your hip pocket can justify, you may need to consider the switch to morning exercise. If you are too busy at work to make it to that class on time so then don’t exercise at all that day or too tired from a full day to even think about a barbell, do it fresh, first thing in the morning, get it out the way and then it’s done. Statistics show that morning exercisers are more consistent with their exercise habits regardless of other work, family, life issues than non morning exercisers. Maybe it’s time to switch.

Think about it. What have you go to lose?

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