Disclaimer: Ive always been a morning person. A morning girl. (tell me you know the musical?) I didn’t drink coffee until after college & have always leaped out of bed like a puppy.
Now that I have a partner-in-crime—it’s worse. We both adore the promise of what could happen during any given 24 hour period.
(most people feel like THIS about the morning)
When I owned my training studio I was frequently asked what time I thought was the best to exercise.
My response was always the same:
The best time to exercise is when you will actually do it!
I definitely saw greater success with clients who exercised in the mornings, but I credited much that to the fact they rarely canceled.
Meetings, kids, conference calls and LIFE seemed to intrude less at 6am versus 6 pm.
I saw how morning workouts were perfect for many yet for others, the OWLS among us, mornings were to be avoided at all costs.
I respected that.
I could no more summon the energy & motivation to do hot yoga at 8pm (!) than I could….do something else which requires a preponderance of energy later in the evening.
(nighttime, fleece-tanked, no-mojo Carla)
And then I read a few new studies.
And then I saw this:
(Source: Health Magazine)
GONE was my benevolent:
Explore & discover what works best for you!
OOOH People. Mornings are the ONLY time to get your workout on!!
My 4-step process to becoming a lark:
- Make decision/tell accountability partners (friends, family, social media). This is the easiest and most challenging step. It’s like letting the proverbial cat out of the bag (types the blogger who has a canine): once you’ve announced your plan you cannot retract it. And, quite frankly, that’s the plan! Announce. Commit. DON’T START. Which leads me to…
- Plan workout routine. For any life–transition to work it requires we set ourselves up for success. I’m now an intuitive exerciser, but when I launched my morning-routine I planned in advance precisely what I would do. Whatever method of planning works for you (workout log to online source) map out workouts for the next few weeks and practice them. Eliminate excuses (“It’s too early to think! I don’t know how this goes!”) before they occur. And then…
- Wake up–don’t workout! Set alarm for your planned waking time and don’t exercise. I’m a believer in the power of visualization. I also found this time of visualizing myself getting up/exercising in exactly the manner I’d planned helped acclimated my body to the new routine. Don’t get stuck on this step—I recommend a week—but do allow your body to adjust to the change. (Here’s where experts say: Move bedtime up earlier! I do not say that because I’m aware we’re all so busy earlier bedtime may not be an option.)
- Go go go! The goal here is get up and do your best. One morning you may ROCK the workout. The next you may practically phone it in. No one workout matters more than any other. We arent training for competition—we are striving to shift exercise time! Each morning you wake, climb out of bed & workout is a victory. Whats most important is you commit and dont stop. Consistency. ZERO FITS AND STARTS. That is success.
These 4 tips are the process I used when committing to my own early morning movement.
sugar salt coat it: I repeated steps #1-3 a few times before I nailed #4.
As with all things healthy living LARK’ing is a simple process….to explain.
It takes time/patience to implement.
Be kind to you as you transition.
- Are you ready to shift to morning workouts?
- Got life-challenges which make early rising impossible (& which I failed to address)?