People always tell me that waking up and working out is something that is totally impossible for them. Believe me, I understand – this was me (sometimes still is). I’m not too sure what started this journey of waking up and getting fit but I feel like it might be because I was constantly looking at Instagram photos and Snapchats of friends that took it upon themselves to transform after college. Guys that were pretty normal size during college suddenly turned into the incredible hulk. Girls that were just your average size made healthy gainz and now look incredibly healthy / glow’d up! I thought, “‘Wayyymennnt’ this could me!” So I did it – I decided to take the challenge.
The place that I go to is somewhat of a mix between a cross fit and high interval cross circuit training class. It’s tough and it makes you sweat like no other, especially during the summer, but this is what I stuck to. Prior to this I was spinning. It has taken me quite some time to find workouts that I actually like doing. If you find yourself in this predicament: find a workout you really like, then be sure to dissect the workout and pick what you like about it to help you understand similar workouts you might like. Try to incorporate some weight training with the cardio you love and remember to take a break day. Not too long of a break though, because you’ll lose rhythm.
So I began my journey. Here I was a morning monster that hated getting out of bed in the AM, challenging myself to a week of waking up at 5:30am (to eat) for 6:30am workouts.
Here’s what helped me wake up:
Recognizable faces: I found that I felt more encouraged to workout in a class. The instructor got to know me and started to ask where I was on an off day, this made me feel more guilty about missing class and kept me wanting to come back. Be sure to meet your instructor. Tell them about yourself and what you are there to learn and do. If you’re working out alone, find something to hold yourself accountable. Always find that extra push!
Feeling Good: I felt better throughout the day at work. Commuting to the city is extremely stressful sometimes, and having that time to myself in the morning really helped me find my Zen and rhythm. By the time I finish class, I have enough time to get home and shower in time for work. Not rushing out of my house because I just rolled over FEELS GOOD.
Bye-Bye Acne: I was suffering from terrible acne up until a few months ago. As I started to workout, I noticed that a ton of my acne went away. Disclaimer: I also began to moderate my sugar and dairy intake (I don’t drink milk). Nonetheless, I truly believe that the biggest factor in stopping my acne was working out. I would get a good sweat in and really release all the stress from the previous day. The happiness I feel from working out transitions into the new day. It’s a healthy cycle. Ridding my acne is where I really felt a difference in my self esteem, energy and stress.
Energy: I felt good overall. People always told me this would bring energy and I’d look at them like they were crazy for waking up to workout before work. Believe me, I know. I promise I was you. But I felt better, rejuvenated, accomplished, had a WAY better attitude and my back completely stopped hurting at work! Headaches went away.
Discipline and Consistency: Do this for a week and I promise that you’ll feel guilty for missing a day. You’ll think about working out all day if you miss just one session at the gym. The continuous motion of waking up early and feeling good throughout the day will keep you coming back for more!
Last but not least, losing weight: This was obviously one of the biggest goals I had for waking up early. However, I never realized all the factors that caused this to happen. The following things allow you to lose weight, and here’s why waking up early helps.
- You wake up for breakfast. If you’re accustomed to waking up late and skipping breakfast, this will get you into a habit. You need to have energy in your system to burn for a workout, so even a piece of toast will help.
- Sleep: Man is that essential. The first day I went to bed at like 2am, what a MISTAKE. I was so groggy the next day. Waking up early will force you to go to bed early because you’ll be so tired. And let me tell you, you’ll have THE BEST sleep.
- Water: I suck at drinking the recommended intake everyday, but after your workout your body will cry for water and that’s all you’ll want to drink.
- Health is wealth: You’ll definitely cut back on all the sugar and crap you were eating before. You’ll think twice about the workout you had that morning and this will allow you not to eat the crap throughout the day. This is in comparison to when I worked out at night and would say to myself throughout the day, “Well, I’ll workout later.” Now you can say, “I worked hard this morning, I can’t eat that.”
- So far I’ve lost 7 lbs. in two months. The first two days will be tough, but after that it should feel better and better.
Jeez, I always write so much on my posts, sorry! I hope this is helpful to you. Start your 7-day wake up and workout challenge tomorrow! Please let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear from you!