Yes, I am writing a post about how to get up early and exercise. That is a post that I never thought that I would be writing. Anyone that knows me in real life will tell you that I am not a morning person. However, I am not a natural exerciser either. This means that if I don’t get my exercising done first thing then I probably won’t end up doing it. I’m a good one for making excuses and not finding the time. Therefore, I make sure that I rise early and get it done and out of the way. In order to fit in the mileage in on a week day, I am rising at 5:30 am. I have two shorter runs of 5 miles on a week day, at least two rows on the rowing machine and then one whopper of a run at the weekend. On a weekday I need to just get the runs done and then be back, showered and dressed before the kids are up. I’m not going to lie, sometimes I am so exhausted straight from the run that I just starfish on the kitchen floor for a good 20 minutes and, therefore, have to do the school run in my sweaty running gear. So what, at least the run is done! I am now just starting Week 7 of my Moonwalk training plan and I feel like I am in a routine and I definitely have learnt some tricks to ensure that I get up early. Here are my tips for how to get up early and exercise.
How to get up early and exercise
- Get an early night. I’m not talking super early but try and be in bed by 9pm. Switch off all electronic devices, such as phone, TV and laptop. If you are struggling to get to sleep then read for a bit.
- Set your alarm for ten minutes earlier than you need. I find that I move slower in the mornings and that time seems to move really quickly. Having an extra ten minutes means that you don’t feel as stressed.
- Set your gym gear out and right next to the bed. Therefore, you can see it as soon as the alarm goes off. Not only will it be a visual reminder that you need to get out but also you don’t have to waste time trying to find the kit.
- As soon as that alarm goes off get out of bed. Do not hit snooze. Get up and get on with it.
- If you are feeling tired and fed-up then remind yourself how much better you will feel afterwards and how energised you will feel, eventually.
- If you really don’t want to get out of bed then remind yourself why you are doing this. So for me it is because I am training for the Moonwalk Marathon and round the island walk. I don’t want to let anyone down, I want to do a good job. That gets me out of bed. Perhaps you are exercising because you want to be healthier for your family, you want to look good on holiday etc. Remind yourself of the reason and get out of that bed!
- Tell yourself that if you get up and exercise now, by 7am you will be done and dusted. You will be feeling awesome because you have already you’re your exercise for the day. You can be smuggy mcsmug! Think eye of the tiger – raaaaaaa!
- If you really feel you can’t exercise then tell yourself that you only have to give it a go. So, if I know that I have to run 8km then I will tell myself I only have to do 4km and then I can see how I am feeling. So far (touch wood) I have always been able to carry on!
- Get someone to hold you accountable. Have someone who you share your training and exercising with. For me that is Mr C and you lovely lot. I know that if I miss a training session that I will have to admit that. I don’t want to have to do that.
- Visualise what you will do this evening. If you get the exercising done now then that means you can get into your PJs post school run, and then when the kids are down in bed you can binge watch Netflix!
- Have a weekly treat. So if you manage to get all of your exercise done for the week then you get a treat at the weekend. For me it is cake, always cake!
- Routine. If you keep going to bed at the same time every day and waking up at the same time everyday then it will eventually become second nature.
- Prioritise. At the moment I am prioritising training over my blog and novel work. I simply can’t fit it all in so I have recognised that something has to give. So after my family my running is my number 1 priority at the moment but because I want to see my family I fit it in when they are asleep. I blog when the kids are at school and nursery. Then, if I have any spare time I will try and work on the novel (not very likely at the moment but that’s okay because I can come back to it).
Do you have any tips for getting up early and exercising? I would love to hear them!
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