“But I’m not a morning person.”
Who invented this phrase and can we please kill it?
Technically, an alleged “morning person” gene has been discovered, but I until you’ve been tested on whether you have this gene, this statement is just an excuse. Plus, trust me, if anyone is lacking the Morning Gene, it would very likely be me – I kill a snooze button like nobody’s business. But even I have figured out a way to wake up earlier in the morning.
I started working out in the morning when I was on the road for work and had a wedding on the horizon. Thanks to societal pressures to at least attempt to drop some weight for the big day, I saw no other option but to commit myself to working out. I was on the road on this crazy project that left me completely drained the end of the day. So no matter how good my intentions were, I almost always skipped my evening workouts.Finally, I had enough and did the most important thing you could ever do to turn yourself in to a morning workout person.
No real magic. No major transformations. I just started getting my ass up an hour earlier and going to the gym. At first, it sucked. I was more tired at work and it was really hard to convince myself to wake up in the morning when I technically didn’t have to. But I pushed through it, and it made life so much easier. I could now get off work, have the glass of wine (or three) that I deserved, and not have this endless debate with myself on working out.
As busy, stressed professionals, most of us are totally drained by the end of the day. By 5 or 6pm, there is room for nothing else except the things that have to be done. And obviously, working out doesn’t have to be done. There are no repercussions. No paychecks will get stopped. No one even necessarily knows that it didn’t happen.
That’s why I feel like mornings are the absolute best time to work out for anyone with a full time job (working a normal 9-5 shift of course). You get it done before life can get in the way and stop you from doing it. I think this rule applies to at least 80% of us, and is the reason that most of us aren’t consistent with our workouts.
Of course, if you’ve found yourself a great evening workout that works for you, don’t change a thing. And a lot of people are able to fit it into their lunch breaks, which is also a great option. But for the rest of us, if you’re fooling yourself into thinking that one day you’re going to find time AND energy in your evening routine, you may be fighting an uphill battle.
- Start telling yourself that you can be a morning person if you really want to, and really believe it
- Then, wake up early in the morning and do something that doesn’t take a lot of time like a 15 minute workout, and only add more once you’ve established the routine
- Set your alarm ridiculously early and snooze like 10 times…I mean, they say this is bad for you but I insist that it’s effective 🙂
And if none of that works for you, and you still can’t wake up in the morning, get deep with yourself and figure out why. Are you going to bed too late? Not getting enough sleep even without the workout? In that case, it’s an entirely different conversation and you might want to check out this post, and try to understand what’s stopping you from reaching your health and fitness goals.
But for now, let’s not overthink this. Give the morning workout a try – it’s that simple.