I’m a huge planner, many times to a fault. I just finished my second week of morning workouts, and it’s been more successful than anticipated. I never thought I would be a morning workout person. I’m the one who could sleep all day if nothing woke me up. If I can hit the gym before the office then anyone can. I thought I’d share what has helped me achieve success in my morning workout routine, and it really all comes down to proper planning.
My key to getting to the gym in the morning starts way before my 5 a.m. alarm goes off. I do a lot of preparation the evening before. The goal is to make the morning as mindless as possible while my brain is still waking up.
I make a batch of overnight oats so that breakfast is one less thing I need to think about doing after my workout. I can just grab it and go on my way to the office.
I also lay out my workout clothes for the next day. In the morning, I just need to stumble my sleepy body into the guest room (to not disturb sleeping Kevin), where my outfit is already laid out on the dresser.
The night before, I also fill up a water bottle and put it in the fridge. In the morning, I can grab it and chug some water first thing in the morning and continue to sip all the way to the gym. I also try to drink a lot of water the evening before. Constant hydration is very important.
It’s really hard for me to eat in the morning, but I need the fuel to have an effective workout. I read a bunch of articles about how Fig Newtons are good pre-workout fuel because they give you quick energy. Cheese also has the same effect. I grab two whole grain Fig Newtons and a mini Babybel for my workout. It takes no time to consume, and they’re pretty inexpensive.
Next to the front door, I place my purse and all my gym gear to grab the next morning. It’s my final stop before I’m out the door.
Having a plan makes me feel like I’m prepared every morning for my workout. I may be tired, but my morning is planned out, so I shouldn’t feel rushed, stressed or frazzled. Plus, I went to all that trouble to prepare, so I can’t wimp out when the alarm finally goes off.
The tomato vines have been growing like crazy. We actually had to buy some reinforcements so they wouldn’t topple over on themselves.
And, we had our first bounty!
At last we have one tomato ready to be picked.
It was worth the wait. I sliced it up and placed a couple on my burger for dinner, and then I ate the rest of the slices plain. The tomato was really sweet and delicious. It tastes even better since Kevin and I grew it. I can’t wait until we have some more fruit ready to be eaten.
Whether you workout in the mornings or evenings, do you have any tricks for workout success?