Sometimes, being obsessively organised pays off.
Most of the time it’s not worth the stress but sometimes, just sometimes it pays off! And when it comes to early morning workouts, I’ve learned that a bit of organisation can really help.
I’m definitely a fan of working out in the morning. Not only does it set you up for the day, it gets the sweaty, exhausting, painful part of the day out of the way first! The problem is, if I’m not disciplined about it, I’m 100% more likely to hit the snooze button and stay snuggled up in bed (ya know, like a normal person!)
So I’ve set myself some early morning workout rules to try and encourage me to leave the duvet behind. I thought I’d share them in case you’re struggling to master the art of the early morning workout too!
The night before…
I pack my gym bag, lay out my workout clothes and make my breakfast, usually a Tupperware full of overnight oats. That way, when I wake up in the morning I don’t have to worry about anything not being ready.
I’m also more awake the night before, so I’m less likely to forget to pack something crucial, like clothes to change into after the workout!
I’m usually strict about getting to bed on time, and not drinking any alcohol the night before. It sounds (and is!) super boring, but if I don’t get a good night’s sleep then I’ll never get up the next day. So, 10pm sharp I’m tucked up in bed – which isn’t such a bad place to be if you kinda like your sleep!
In the morning…
I can never just get up and go. I don’t really know anyone who can just wake up, jump out of bed, get dressed and head out of the door – and I need at least half an hour to ease myself into the day.
In that half an hour, I get ready, drink a coffee and eat something light, like a banana. If I’m feeling generous, Mr Rinroad gets a coffee too – but usually I’m too jealous of the fact he’s still in bed so his coffee stays firmly in the coffee pot!
Before the workout…
I plan what I’m going to do. Otherwise, I tend to faff around and spend half an hour doing the same exercise when I should be mixing it up and targeting certain muscle groups to meet my fitness goals.
I’m not training for an Iron Man event or anything, I just want to avoid another knee injury, and be able to carry my shopping bags home! But the point is if I don’t plan a bit of a routine, I won’t get anywhere near those goals. So for me, planning is key.
After the workout…
Dig out the dry shampoo.
OK, I know it sounds gross, but if I washed my hair every time I exercised I’d be spending a lot of money on shampoo. Dry shampoo works just as well, takes half the time, and means you’re not carrying a load of extra hair products to the gym with you.
So far, no one has noticed the difference – or if they have, they haven’t been telling me!
What’s your early morning workout routine?