Many of you have been asking about how to start getting up earlier. Surprisingly, I have the most energy the first few hours I’m awake – and the least mid-afternoon and evening. If you’re the same way (and it might take a 5 a.m. workout 5 days in a row to truly find out!) then give early morning workouts a try! To me, there’s no better way to start the day than with a good sweaty workout under your belt. It boosts self confidence, motivation and happiness all day long.
I thought it would be helpful to share some of my tips for my 9 p.m. -5 a.m. routine
- You HAVE to go to bed on time. If you don’t, you will feel like a sleep deprived zombie, and in that case should probably get back in bed anyways! Count backwards 7, 8, 9 hours of sleep – however much you need – and get in bed 30 minutes before then. It will seem really early, if you are normally a night owl, but it’ll only get easier!
- Pick the right alarm clock. It’s REALLY hard to get out of bed on the first buzzer. I always snooze at least twice, but you can’t snooze for more than a few minutes or you’re wasting time!! I have two alarms on my clock and set them 2 minutes apart. Then instead of snoozing with the button, I just click two minutes back when the second alarm goes off. Beeping at much shorter intervals helps me wake up MUCH faster.
- Turn the light on. Be brave, reach out of the warm covers into the cold air, and just do it. It’ll help wake you up 100 x better than darkness.
- Program your thermostat. If you don’t have one, go buy one! Ours was $10 and was very easy to install. I have the heat set to turn on about 10 minutes before my alarm goes off so it’s nice and toasty when I get out of bed. It turns back off shortly after I leave at 5:30.
- Decide what to have for a pre-workout snack while you’re still in bed. If you’re anything like me, the thought of peanut butter will get you up and going!
- If you’re hoping to workout first thing, set out your workout clothes neatly before you go to bed. Then you just have to put them on in the morning. No fumbling around in drawers. Sometimes I even put my sports bra on my nightstand and when the alarm goes off I bring it in bed with me to warm it up so it’s not so cold against my skin in the dead of winter!
- Mondays are ALWAYS hard. Fridays are (almost) always easy. Lesson learned: the body clock does exist. On Saturdays I often wake up at 5 (although I usually go back to sleep for an hour) simply because I’m used to it. The first day will be hard, but after that it gets easier and easier.