I’ve always preferred training in the morning but by morning I used to mean around eight or so. Since I started at my new job I’ve started going to the class at 6.45 in the morning. It wasn’t an easy change but it has given me more time in my days. It’s the best way to start the day to squeeze in an hour gym session before it’s time to head to the office.
At first when I started going to G5 I truly admired those people who got up at 5am in the morning to go to the gym for the 6am class. I’ve always been a morning person and this is also when it comes to training. However, even I thought 5am is very early! I thought the workouts at G5 were a bit too intense to do first thing, I also thought I wouldn’t be able to have my porridge for breakfast which I love or have time for any kind of breakfast for that matter. I then had to pack for showering and getting changed. The first underground leaves at 6.30am which meant I would be a little bit late to the class, not good. Basically just a lot of shit excuses as to why I shouldn’t go. It was me trying to talk myself into why this was never going to happen for me. Does anyone else relate to this? Trying to justify something in your head whilst it really is just you trying to make yourself feel better.
At the end of the day that’s what all those thoughts were, excuses to why I shouldn’t just do it. Trying to have my own back because I was comfortable in my routine. Have those couple of minutes that I arrive late to every class made a difference? Did it somehow affect my workout? No. Something I have learnt in life is that if you want change you are going to have to get uncomfortable because otherwise you aren’t doing something different from what you are already currently doing, you’re not changing. There will always be loads of reasons in your head to why you shouldn’t do something, we are experts at justifying our current situation and routine because it’s familiar and it’s easy. Doing something different and new, that can be extremely difficult and scary. Why do something that’s difficult and scary? When it’s easy to just be the way we are? Because what if we’re missing out form not even trying!
With starting work again I realised that going to the gym in the evenings took up a lot of my time and wasn’t the most effective way of using my time and time for all of us is precious! I realised that if I got up an hour earlier in the morning, got myself organised the night before, sorted all my meals and packed my clothes and other bits for getting ready afterwards, I would get all this extra time in the evenings to spend with Jamie when he was off, see friends or creating content for the blog. How much more effective would that be than lying in bed for an extra hour? It’s made balancing work, boyfriend, friends, blog and training a lot easier. I wouldn’t have found this out if I hadn’t tried so now I wanted to share some tips that hopefully help you make this switch a bit more easily.
1. Pack the night before
Organise all your meals in containers the night before so it’s just a matter of putting them into your lunch bag in the morning. I even measure the exact amount of oats I need and put it in a bag so I can easily make breakfast at work. The less things you have to remember to do in the morning the better. Trust me, when it’s before six in the morning you don’t want to be worrying about whether you’ve remembered to pack your towel or clean underwear. I know it’s not the most exciting way to spend your evening packing and getting organised (trust me, there are some evenings it’s the last thing I’ve wanted to do) but it will make all the difference in the world. This also means you can sleep a bit longer in the morning and you’ve made sure you won’t forget any essentials. It’s the worst standing in the shower at the gym realising you’ve forgotten your towel…
2. Go to bed early
Might sound simple and very logical, if you’re getting up earlier you of course need to go to bed earlier in order to get enough sleep. But, I think it’s worth mentioning as sleep is very important and is something a lot of us (including myself) don’t prioritise, unfortunately it’s something we sacrifice in order to do other things in life whilst it is essential for our wellbeing. I’ve admitted in the past that I am bad at times at prioritising my sleep and hand on my heart really need to get better at this. Not only that, if you go to bed earlier it will make getting out of bed when alarm goes off a lot easier than if you’re lacking sleep so you’ll avoid the snooze button. It’ll also make you feel more energised at the gym and the rest of the day if you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
3. Book into a class
Before G5 I used to just do my own thing in the gym which I really enjoyed but it didn’t make me jump out of bed at 5.45am, let’s be honest. Since going to classes and booking in the night before I know I have to be there instead of sleeping in a bit longer. When you are just going to the gym doing your own thing you can go whenever whilst if you’re going to a class you need to be there. At G5 if you cancel too late or sleep in you get to do penalty calories on the assault bike, trust me, that thought makes sure you’re there and don’t miss out.
4. Go with a friend
It’s the same idea behind this as with my previous point. If you have a gym date with someone and are expected to be there for a certain time, you need to get your ass into gear and actually go. It’s great to have someone to feel accountable to because if you decide to snooze and your friend has made the effort to go they won’t be very happy with you. Doing that for one another can make such a difference! Get in to that gym early and tell each other how awesome you are for doing it. Getting to the gym is one of the most difficult things you’ll have to do when it comes to a fitter lifestyle. Those days when you just don’t want to get out of bed or are not feeling it, if you have someone who you know is waiting for you can help. You know what the weird thing is? Once you’re there it gets easy, you’re already there so you might as well do something.
5. Think of the benefits
One thing that really helped me get used to getting up early in the morning to train was to list all the reasons in my head as to why I should get up earlier. First of all, I have the workout done and out of the way for the day, I start my day on a high doing something I love, I get to see and hang out with my friends before work (how amazing is that?), my evenings are free so I get to see Jamie more when he’s off in the evenings, I have time for my friends and my blog and I’m flexible if something fun comes up in the evening randomly I’d like to do without skipping out on my workout (meaning you don’t have to choose! You can do both). There are so many reasons as to why you should get that early morning sweat session in and if you remind yourself of why you’re doing it, it will really help. In my head it then makes sense to go in the morning if it means I can do more things in my day, you’re giving yourself extra time, how luxurious is that?
I hope these five tips can help you! At the end of the day changing habits and lifestyles is incredibly difficult. There will be slip ups along the way and days when I stay up later and end up having to go to the gym in the evening instead and that’s fine. It happens and we can’t control everything that happens in life but if you at least get into the routine of going in the morning you’ll realise how much more time that frees up in the evenings. Then of course that’s not always be possible! We need to be flexible too. There are some evenings I’ve been up later and I sit and contemplate whether I should go to the morning class or not I then look at the time and think of how many hours sleep I’ll get and tell myself I’m being stubborn and stupid if I get early for the gym with that little sleep. That’s not good for my body so I then go to the evening class. No big deal!
Of course it is up to you at the end of the day what you decide to do. As long as you are getting those workouts in that’s all that matters. Are you a morning or evening gym person?