Let’s face it. Sometimes we just don’t want to workout. We’re tired, we want to go home, put on our pajamas, and sit in front of the tv/computer and just veg out. I get it. We all do it. I do it. And I have to force myself [most] days to go to the gym.
If I work out in the morning I have to give myself a pep talk to get out of bed.
If I work out in the evening I have to convince/motivate/bribe myself to go to the gym instead of driving home. Over the years I’ve come up with a few techniques to get myself to the gym more often.
I’m about to say something that may shock you. Repulse you. Make you hate me forever. But, I’m going to say it. Morning workouts kick ass. Here’s why…
- It gives you energy for the rest of the day
- I feel better, think better, and do better for the rest of the day
- Boosts your metabolism
- You don’t think about it all day long and have it hanging over your head the entire day
- You don’t have to think about the gym all day long. You have it done and out of the way. And you feel great because you have the added energy boost from your morning workout
- You don’t have to muster up the energy to go to the gym after a long day at work
- Most importantly, it reduces guilt because you don’t feel bad when you skip the gym in the evening.
Never in a million years did I think I would be touting the benefits of morning workouts. Even less likely that I would actually be doing them!
Morning workouts aren’t for everyone, but this is why they work for me.
A typical day is me thinking all day long about having to go to the gym. I go up and down throughout the day being excited and pumped for my workout to annoyed and exhausted even thinking about changing into gym clothes. Then, I get off work and I have a lengthy conversation with myself pumping myself up to go to the gym. I rack my brain trying to find any excuse not to go. I didn’t remember my fitbit. I have no hair ties. I forgot my headphones, I can’t possibly workout now. After finding any flimsy excuse I skip the gym and I feel guilty all evening. I feel bad when I’m eating my dinner thinking negative thoughts about food and my body. I go to sleep telling myself tomorrow will be another day. I wake up still feeling guilty about skipping the gym yesterday and the entire process repeats itself.
I spent the better part of the week feeling guilty that I skipped the gym. All day long the gym hung over my head like a rain cloud.
But that all changed.
The first time I did a morning workout I felt like I could breathe easier, problems throughout the day were easier to handle, I felt happier, and I could enjoy my day. Guilt and apprehension no longer hung over me like a cloud. I felt lighter, happier, and I enjoyed my day. I got off work and didn’t have any guilt going home and enjoying time with my family and friends. I didn’t have this heavy burden weighing me down.
That being said, if you have no problem going to the gym in the evening and you don’t do what I used to do great! It works for you. Stick with what works!
But, if you find yourself feeling guilty for skipping evening workouts and you can’t get to the gym in the evenings, try a morning workout. What do you have to lose?
I’d suggest starting one of two ways.
- Get your butt out of bed and go to the gym. It’s going to suck. The workout isn’t going to be your best one. But that’s ok. It’s a work in process. Try your hardest, get a workout in, and see how great you feel. Give it a few workouts and you’ll be hooked.
- Get your butt out of bed and do some jumping jacks, squats, push ups, mountain climbers, and planks. You’ll still get the workout rush, but it’s easier to just roll out of bed and do the workouts in your pajamas. You’ll feel good and then the next day it’s easier to do more and eventually get to the gym.
Try it for a week. See how you feel. Do you make better decisions during the day? Do you have more energy? Do you enjoy your time in the evening more?
I found that an hour in the morning made the rest of the 15 hours I was awake much more enjoyable. I even came to enjoy my morning workouts. It gets me ready for the day and prepared to take on the world!
It still amazes me how much lighter and easier I breathe when I workout in the morning. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I guess it wakes your body up and gets your blood pumping. Growing up my Dad used to always tell us to get up and get moving to get our blood pumping. I think he had something there.
What are your tips to get to the gym?