5 Tips for Sucking It Up, Waking Up, & Going To The Gym

I can’t lie, the first time I woke up to go to the gym at 4:00 in the morning (and honestly it is a pretty new thing for me, too), I woke up wondering what in the world I got myself into. I did not see any way it could be worth it to sacrifice that extra hour or so of sleep.

But, similar to many great things, getting the motivation to start is really the hardest part. After my work out in the morning I feel so energized, productive, healthy and on track… completely worth moving my sleep schedule a little to be able to feel the way I feel after a morning workout. It is something I am trying to incorporate as a regular part of my own morning routine, and that’s coming from someone that can’t even be saved by coffee in the early hours.

Here are 5 things I’m doing to help me get motivated for the gym before the sun comes up. If these things can work for me, there’s a good chance they could help you, too.

  1. Find a partner!

The number one thing that helps get me up in the morning is knowing my gym partner is going to be at my house 30 minutes after my alarm goes off. Having another person expecting you to fulfill your obligation will help you stay held accountable for waking up and showing up. I am lucky enough to have my partner at the gym also be my partner in life, my boyfriend. He found a way to make my gym schedule fit into his third shift working life and my first shift working life so when he is off work at 4:00 a.m., he comes to get me and we head to the gym together. If you don’t have a significant other to exercise with, you can turn to a friend, a family member, a personal trainer, or even just someone you get along with at the gym that shares the same schedule. No matter who it is you find to work out with, it is substantially easier to commit to something if you don’t feel like you are in it alone.

  1. Find a routine that works for you.

It won’t be possible to maintain a routine that is too strenuous on your daily life. Don’t plan on waking up five hours before you start your shift at work to workout … this will make your work day drag and will eventually exhaust you to the point of giving up on something in your life – probably your newly acquired workout regimen. Also be mindful of how much time you need to realistically allow to get to the gym, kill your workout, get home, shower, get ready, and get to work. If you are constantly feeling restricted for time, you will not be able to sustain your workout in addition to your day-to-day life. I find what works best for me at this point is to allow 30 minutes to drive to work, 1 hour to get ready, and 1 hour at the gym to work out. I start my shift at 7:00 a.m. so I begin my day at 4:00 a.m.

  1. Find an exercise program that meets your needs.

You can save a lot of time in your gym endeavors if you go into it knowing exactly what you need to do. Saving extra time at the gym kind of ties back into finding a successful routine for you. To keep yourself motivated, you need to be able to fit the program into your day and have ways to measure your progress. I find a one-hour workout to be enough to make me feel good but also be reasonable as far as fitting into my daily schedule. Also, keeping track of your exercises, your sets/reps and personal records can help you measure your progress. Progress = Motivation!

  1. Get a gym membership.

This may be different for everyone but I know for myself, the gym is much more motivating than working out at home. Once upon a time, I tried waking up at 5:00 every morning to work out in my home gym (in my basement). This lasted about three days before I couldn’t bear the thought of waking up to exercise anymore. Physically having to wake up and get ready to go somewhere is much more motivating and helps get my energy up for the day as opposed to working out at home.

  1. Drink your drinks!

As far as supplements go, everyone’s bodies works differently, but finding the right things for your body to perform at it’s best can make a huge difference in both your gym performance and your recovery. I like to drink pre-workout before the gym (as I mentioned above, not into the whole coffee thing). To help keep me hydrated during my workout, I drink 24-34 oz. of BCAA’s mixed in with my water. This helps with the recovery process as well. Lastly, when I get home, I mix up a protein shake to jump start my day and get my protein levels up. If you are anything like me, protein is the hardest of all macros to incorporate into your diet – getting your day started with a protein packed shake will get you off to a good start and that will help muscle development and recovery. It will also help you to feel fuller throughout the day and fuel your body.

Another important thing to remember, really at any point in your life, is to make sleep a priority! Your body needs time to recharge. You cannot perform at your best if you do not rest your best.

The hardest part about waking up for the gym is mentally preparing yourself to sit up in the morning. After that, it’s a piece of cake and a worthwhile decision. Give it a shot – see what works for you. Make it a fun process to learn about yourself and what you need to be successful in reaching your goals. ☺

2 Comments on “5 Tips for Sucking It Up, Waking Up, & Going To The Gym”

  1. Love this article. I usually go late afternoons bit you give some great pointers in case I change to a morning routine. Thanks for the tips 🙌🏼

    • I work a standard 8:00 – 4:00 but find it hard to get my entire workout in after work due to the ton of people that come in around that time. Maybe you have better luck at your gym lol!

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