Exercising In The Mornings

I did it! I woke up 3 times this week to exercise in the AM! Tomorrow will be 4 since I’m signed up for an 8:30 am spin class.

On Monday, Tuesday and today I woke up at 6:30 am to get my butt to the gym or spin class. Monday I ran in the morning and did a spin class in the evening. I did a track workout on the treadmill and felt pretty strong for not having ran much recently. I really wanted to bail on the evening class but felt so great once I got started:


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Tuesday I did a morning spin class and took off from running. It was nice to be done for the day (workout wise) by 8:30 am.

Yesterday I ran in the evening and lifted some weights. Let me tell you, I DID NOT want to go to the gym. I ALMOST talked myself out of it, but said shut up and just do it. I told myself I’d just run for 20 minutes…and then ended up running 45 min + 15 minutes of weights.

Honestly, I have never woken up this early to exercise in my life. Because I am not a morning person at all. I definitely prefer evening workouts. I don’t know what got into me, but this week I am feeling great! I told you all that I want to lose weight, and so every workout I want to skip I remind myself of my goal, and how sitting on the couch won’t get me any closer to losing 15-20 pounds.

After the first day, I was like okay…waking up this early isn’t that bad. I feel great after my workout, though in the afternoons I do crash a bit. But once I actually begin the workout, my energy is there. It’s just dragging myself to the gym that’s the problem.

The moral of the story/this post is that when you really don’t want to exercise, just do it. Today I woke up with a sore throat and tired but told myself I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t get up to run. I ran 3 miles, and although my shins hurt, I’m feeling good now. Doing a spin class with yoga later today!

One last little piece of motivation…I loved this tweet from Jeanne:

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“I’m still tired and I could’ve run by now.” So true…that will be my mantra from now on ;)

I know so many of you get up way earlier than 6:30 to exercise, but for me that feels like the crack of dawn lol. 

Being a total newb to this, here is what has helped me make it a bit easier/what I do the night before:

  • Pack my gym bag and lay out gym clothes 
  • Pack my work bag 
  • Make my lunch for the next day
  • Plan out what smoothie I’ll have in the morning

I literally get up, brush my teeth, drink my morning tea while I make my smoothie and change, and am out the door. “Do it before your brain figures out what’s going on,” right?

For my morning workout peeps, what tips do you have for people new to exercising in the AM?


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  1. It’s always so hard to wake up in the morning – no matter how often you do it, but it always makes me feel so much better! I go into work feeling so accomplished, and then I don’t have to worry about mustering up the motivation to go after a long day at work.
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  2. I’m new to the morning exercise thing. Pre-planning is key. I have my clothes all laid out, work clothes packed and smoothie all ready to go. Then it’s out the door. So far I’m really enjoying it.
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  3. Definitely laying out clothes the night before helps so much! I think about how early I will be done and it motivates me to get out of bed :) Great job with your workouts!!!
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  4. Keep up the great work. I get up at 6am just for my normal start to my day, so I’ve never been able to get up even earlier to run or workout. I love the summers when I can get up at 6 and run instead of having to get everyone out the door.
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  5. I am not a morning person either! For some time I was making myself get up and workout in the morning, but then I just continued to get up early to go into work early and then workout after work. It ended up saving me so much time because I could show at home instead of at the gym. Keep up the good work!
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  6. I try to pack everything the night before so I can sleep that extra 10 minutes haha
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  7. Way to go! I don’t like getting up in the mornings, but it’s kind of necessity for me. That being said, it does feel great to get everything done and out of the way before most people are even waking up in the morning.

    No tips, other than be consistent. You get used to it after a while.
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  8. When I first started exercising in the morning I did what you did–basically got up and was out the door within a half hour. But I still felt groggy and didn’t feel I was performing my best. So now I get up at 5am and leisurely have a cup of coffee, eat, and read. I go to the gym at 6am and feel much more ready to go.

    The only way I make this work is going to bed around 9 or sometimes earlier.
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  9. Working out in the morning is always hard! Way to go for getting it done! I think I did better with getting up when I actually had classes (spin, etc) scheduled.
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