Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope everyone gets a wave of great weather, because over here in Pennsylvania it’ll be about 75 degrees, perfect weather for BBQ’s and picnics! Last night I debated on taking a rest day, but I decided against it and to save my r rest day for tomorrow. Good thing too because I walked into the gym with NO ONE there. How much of a heaven is that?! I had to say today was probably the best workout I’ve done all week, so to think I was going to skip it made me extra proud of myself. The hardest part about working out and exercising in the morning is the waking up and actually getting to the gym or actually lacing up your shoes. Here are some of my personal tips that always work for me:
- ALWAYS prep the night before: Set your gym shoes by the door, set your coffee up/sugar out ready to just click the brew button, put your keys, ipod/headphones, and wallet and gym card/gym key all together so it’s a simple grab and go.
- Wear your gym clothes to bed: I know, it took me some getting used to because I’m the typical t shirt and undies girl, but wearing my sports bra, shorts, and tank top truly cuts down on time in the morning. Some of you may think “Throwing on clothes in the morning only takes about 3 minutes, why would that be such a huge time saver?” Well think about it: when you’re tired and groggy in the morning, having to do ANYTHING at all is a waste of time. When you’re sleepy, it takes extra long to do the simplest tasks. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself when you wake up in the morning.
- Set two alarms: Okay so my FAVORITE app on my iPhone 5 (I’ll do an update on my apps in another post) is Sleep Time. It’s free (full version is $2), so of course I had to download it. What you do is set your alarm, say you want to wake up at 5:30am, and it’ll wake you up within a 30 minute window (between 5:00am and 5:30), depending on when your lightest sleep phase is (or an hour window, a 45 minute window, or exactly at the time you set it too, totally depends on the settings you choose). The free version only has one of two sound settings to choose from to wake up to, but hey you can’t complain with free. What I usually do is set my Sleep time for 5:30, and my actual alarm for 5:30 as well. That way is my sleep time wakes me up at 5:05, I’ll turn it off and relax in bed until my real alarm hits at 5:30am, which indicates GET YOUR BUTT UP!
Hopefully those tips work for you! If you think of your own don’t hesitate to let me know, I’d love to hear what you all do to get your day going and how to stay motivated. My favorite part of working out early is coming home and thinking of what to eat! Always gotta pack in protein, and I’m not the biggest fan of protein shakes (I love eating my meals versus drinking them) so I try to supply an ample amount of protein in after my workouts. Today was my favorite: my cottage cheese mix up with a peach on the side. My mixture included honey, 1/3 a banana, a butt ton of blueberries, almond milk, and cinnamon. I put it in the freezer for about 3 minutes just to let it thicken and dug right in! When start your day on the right foot, there’s no reason to take a step back on the wrong foot. Enjoy your holiday everyone!