2. January 2014 by swissfitchick
Good morning and happy new year everyone!
I was skipping my post yesterday, not because I had a hangover – my hangover was on Tuesday. Oh yes. My best friend Markus hosted the traditional end-of-year-party on the 30th again and we rocked it.
I think I was in bed around 4am and I slept through until 10am – I didn’t have that many drinks, but since I decreased my alcohol consumption drastically in the last year, I always feel it the next day when I drink. The weather was gorgeous when I woke up and I decided to run the trail to sweat everything out.
We had breakfast and then drove home to Zurich – and stayed home all day and passed out before midnight! Shocking I know, but I just couldn’t stay up anymore, I was knocked! I even had the most un-festive meal on New Years Eve…
The good thing with not celebrating NYE is, that you are up early the next day and on your own, wherever I go. My bike had a flat tire, so I took a walk to the gym which was pretty darn beautiful – and the gym was EMTPY.
Now to today’s subject – morning workouts. Many of you know that my favorite time of the day to workout is the early morning. Even on the weekend I get up early (if it’s not my restday) to get my workout done – I just feel the BEST at this time of the day and I feel even better once my workout is done and I can tackle the day. If I do my workout outside and it’s already dawning, it’s even better – I had so MANY beautiful views all around the world in the morning.
If I go to the gym in the morning, it’s just very quiet and peaceful which I love. There are people, but very few and the ones who are there are in a good mood (they’re obviously early birds), not stressed (there’s not a lot you can stress about at 6am in the morning) and with a smooth, blurry and half-asleep mind. Harmless.
I know this doesn’t work for everyone, some love to workout later in the day, some even shortly before bed – but if you are thinking of getting up early in the new year to get that sweat on before work, then I have some tips and tricks for you to make this project easier and to kick that inner temptation to stay in the warm bed (which sounds very tempting to me too, believe me)!
1. DON’T THINK TWICE.
Just DO it. When I lay in bed and my alarm clock goes off, I definitely have the thought of staying in bed and just skip the gym. But I stop immediately and get up. I did it once and I regret it – I had to go over lunchtime when the gym was packed and I hated it. Don’t let other thoughts come up and convince you about something you did not intend to do. Get up, get going, don’t think. You can ALWAYS find an excuse why to skip it, but you can find even more great reasons why you should DO it.
Make sure you don’t have to run around in your appartment and search and collect your things. Lay out your workout clothes and accessories you need – filled water bottle, sneakers, underwear, clothes, watch, iPod, headband – whatever you need, prepare it so you can just grab it and get dressed. If you workout at home, then that’s it, if you go to the gym and from there to work like I do, fold your work clothes nicely in your gym bag together with make up bag and jewelry, and have your food for the day and protein shake ready to go. Other than cleaning my face&teeth, meditating, drinking my lemon water and getting dressed, there’s nothing more I do. I grab all my ready stuff an leave the house. I don’t want to stress around half asleep and blind and then be late and get in a bad mood before I even started the day.
3. DON’T STRESS.
As said – stressing around and being in a hectic first thing in the morning definitely doesn’t set a positive vibe for the day. Make sure you have enough time to do everything you need to do before you go. If that requires to set the alarm clock 5 minutes earlier, then do that – it won’t make a big difference. Your body will get used to the early rise. Even if rough in the beginning, I wake up almost every morning a few minutes before my alarm clock goes off. Make it an easy time. Put on some quiet music, make yourself a warm cup of coffee if you are a coffee lover. I always schedule a little more time, so I can be sure I don’t get into a hurry.Source
4. ENJOY IT- THINK ABOUT POSTWORKOUT.
Make this one of your favorite times of the day. Don’t think ‘let’s get this done’ – because this puts too much negativity on the whole thing. If you struggle with gettting out of bed, think about the feeling you have when you accomplished your workout. Enjoy the morning peace, the fresh air and the emptiness everywhere. I cycle to the gym every morning and I enjoy it – it is my warm up and I can go fast because the streets are deserted. When I arrive at the gym, I plug in my headphones and listen to my favorite playlists. This puts me into a good mood immediately. Mixed with the endorphins from my workout – a perfect combo for a great start into the day. When I sit on my bike to ride to the office, I feel fresh, full of energy and strong – and it’s only 8am, I have the whole day ahead of me. I wouldn’t want to miss this feeling anymore. And this is exactly what I visualize when I have a hard time with throwing back my blanket in the morning!
I personally can not eat at 5am in the morning which is deinitely not ideal considering the intense weight and cardio workouts I do at the gym or outdoor, but I just can not do it, I tried. Even more I make sure I refuel right – I have my protein shake&supplements immediately after my workout and about 2 hours later I have my eggy oats. And I always look forward to it during my workout 🙂 Having good food to look forward to motivates to push even harder – at least that’s the case for me. And it feels just AWESOME to sit down to a good breakfast after accomplishing a great morning workout! If you can, then eat something beforehand – a small combo of protein and carbs is ideal.
Let’s get these morning sessions started! Happy New Year once again!
Are you an early bird?
What is your favorite time of the day to do your workout?
Do you eat before you workout?