Good morning! I hope your week was good! Mine was extremely busy! I had a big project at work and the week seemed to go by in a blur. The project isn’t completed yet, but we made one of the goal deadlines on Friday, so I was really pleased. This next week will be busy as well, but after that, things will hopefully quiet down before the Christmas holiday.
Despite the busy week, I still managed to maintain my morning routine. I often get inquiries on how I’m able to work out in the mornings. Believe me, it wasn’t easy at first! But now that I’ve been doing it for almost a year, I can’t imagine doing it any differently.
During the week days, I get up at 4:50 a.m. I know, this sounds terribly early, but I’m in bed each evening by around 9:00, so each night I manage to get around 7-1/2 hours of sleep. As soon as the alarm goes off, I get up, grab my workout clothes that I set out the night before and I go downstairs with the dogs. I let them outside to do their business (we have a fenced-in backyard), then I mix up my pre-workout drink, and while the dogs are eating, I drink it. I then put on my workout clothes and get my workout done. My workout takes about 30 minutes and then I drink my post-workout shake, have a little coffee while I watch the news, and depending if I’m hungry, I eat breakfast. Usually, though, if I have a post-workout shake, I’m not hungry.
I pack my lunch and snacks for the day, including a breakfast, because by the time I get to work, I’m hungry! After packing my food, I shower and dress and head off to work.
Fridays are usually my rest days, so I sleep in a bit later. On the weekends, I still work out first thing when I get up. Sundays are usually another rest day, but I may try to get in some walking or stretching. Later today I’m actually going to a yoga class, which I’m really looking forward to. It will be a great way to end the busy week and will put me in a relaxed zone for the upcoming week.
This routine works so well for me, I think, because I’m able to do my workout programs here at home. I don’t have to add on extra time to get in the car, drive to a gym, and then drive home. Everything is here for me, easily accessible. I don’t have to go outside in the cold, wintery weather. I have experienced so many benefits from working out in the mornings. My workouts are much more consistent. I have more energy throughout the day. I haven’t experienced any winter blues this season.
I don’t think that morning workouts necessarily work for everyone; there are people who are able to work out consistently later in the day. David is one of those people. I used to be one of those people. But I found over time that too many things can pop up throughout the day to disrupt workouts, so for me, getting the workouts done first thing means that I can go through the rest of my day knowing that my workout got done.
Hope you have wonderful week!
May your glass always be full,