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Why I Work Out at 5:30am

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As my alarm screeches at 4:30 am, I turn it off and roll out of bed. On my walk to the bathroom, I mumble to myself about how this is a stupid idea. The sun isn’t even up yet and won’t be up for another 2 hours, yet here I am, putting on my workout clothes like a zombie. I grab my things I packed the night before, along with my protein bar and head out the door. It is completely silent as I walk to my car, it’s calming. For most people, their days haven’t even started, yet here I am driving to my morning workout class at 5 am. The class goes by in a blur, I get my workout in, and I start to wake up. I grab some iced coffee from my favorite place and I head into work at 6:45 am. I change from my workout clothes into my work clothes and I sit at my desk. My day has officially begun in the best way possible and I feel amazing.

This is how every Monday and Wednesday starts for me now, I started waking up before the sun to work out about three weeks ago and so far so good. I’m only doing two days a week so I can get used to waking up at 4:30 am, in October I plan on doing this three days a week, but for now, two days is working out perfectly. I started going to a 5:30 am fitness class for two reasons. For one, I never seem to workout in the afternoon anymore, lately, I’ve been too tired to go after work. Secondly, working out in the morning means getting it over with before my day even begins.

I never thought I’d be that crazy person who woke up before the sun to work out, yet here I am, waking up super early to get my workout in. Three weeks in and I feel amazing. I’m not sure if I’ve lost weight or not, but I feel great mentally for the first time in a very long time. Waking up is hard, but once I get going I’m up. I’ve started to really look forward to my workouts on Monday and Wednesdays. I can’t wait to start going three days a week.

One of the best things about getting up early to work out has been the fact that I don’t have to do anything after work. I can just get off of work, go home, cook, and relax. I don’t have to worry about squeezing in a workout, cooking, and trying to find time to relax. No more guilt about not working out, and more time to relax. It’s a win-win. Working out in the morning gives me so much free time in the afternoon that sometimes I don’t know what to do with myself. With my Japan trip coming up soon, I’ve started using that free time to practice my Japanese. I’ve also noticed that I am more productive at work on the days I workout at 5:30 am, my work performance is going up and the higher-ups are noticing. Which is a great thing, hopefully, a promotion is in my future.

Over the past three weeks, I’ve learned some tips about getting up to work out before the sun. Here are my tips I would like to share with everyone, maybe it will encourage you to start getting up early to work out.

Pack everything you need the night before

Before I go to bed, I pack my lunch box and a bag of things I need to go from workout to office worker. I have baby wipes, deodorant, face wipes, makeup, hair things, and a change of clothes in my bag. That way I can freshen up after my workout and get straight to work.

Lay out your workout gear the night before

The fewer things you have to do at 4 am, the more likely you will follow through with your plan to work out. Having my workout clothes laid out the night before helps me get going in the morning.

Make sure you eat something small before

I always eat a protein bar or some fruit before I work out. I cannot work out on an empty stomach, I get tired really fast and can’t keep up.

Make sure you drink something as soon as you wake up

I’ve read that drinking when you first wake up, boosts your metabolism, I mostly do it so I don’t get dehydrated during my workout.

Go to bed early

There is no way I’ll be able to wake up at 4 am if I go to bed at 10 pm, I try to at least lay down at 8:30 pm. I might not go to sleep right away, but at least I’m relaxing. Going to bed at 8:30 pm might seem super early, but when your day starts at 4:30 am, it’s really not that early at all.

Just go

5 out of 6 times I’ve woken up to go work out, I’ve wanted to just go back to sleep. I don’t let myself talk myself out of it, I just go. I might be complaining to myself the whole time, but I’m still going and that’s what counts.

I hope these tips help someone out there who is trying to be an early riser. I’m not going to say it’s easy because it’s not. However, it is well worth it. For me, working out early means I get to enjoy more of my afternoon. I get to relax in the evenings instead of running around doing things. This in itself is enough reason for me to keep doing what I’m doing.

Thank you for reading! I hope you have a great day!

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