I’ve been teaching 5:30 am Yoga Sculpt twice a week for over a year now, while there are many benefits, it’s not easy to get up each day. Thankfully I have a few tips to make it easier. (coffee isn’t one of the tips, because that should be assumed).
Simplify: prepare your breakfast/work stuff/clothes the night before. When everything is laid out, it’s easier to get up and get moving. Create a gym makeup bag separate from your full routine. Travel size if possibly so you don’t feel like you’re moving into the gym each morning. If you don’t have a shower available…I’ve been known to shower at night, so I’m reasonably clean, post workout I’ll use a shower wipe/wash my face and call it good.
Buddy Up: If you can’t get someone to workout with you, make friends with the instructor/gym employee. Or, ask a long distance friend to text you encouragement. There are plenty of people who work out in the morning, but you don’t realize how many until you start working out with them! (if you really can’t find a buddy, let me know, I’ll text/tweet at you and see how you’re doing!)
Early Bedtime: I don’t usually fall asleep until 10:30 or so, but I try to be in bed before that. I relax, read, and occasionally remember something I’ve forgot and jump to complete it.
Do not get in the habit of snoozing and missing your workout. When you hit the snooze you aren’t getting quality sleep and you aren’t getting a workout. If you really need to sleep, set your alarm later and don’t workout.
As for coffee/caffeine…know what your body can handle. I have one cup in the morning, and sometimes a diet coke around noon. (the pop used to be everyday, but I have been reducing it lately).
- buddy up
- early bedtime
You can do it. It will be hard at first, but the more you do it, the easier it gets.