Getting In a Workout before Going to Your Day Job
Summer is only few couple months away and if you’re like me you still have a few winter pounds to shed before beach and swimsuit weather is upon us.
I like to work out in the mornings. You know that exercise is a great way to start the day and will put you in a good mood while you work. I feel like I have accomplished one of my goals for the day and can focus my attention on my work.
Plus, after a hard day of work I sometimes don’t feel like exercising, so it makes sticking to my goals that much harder.
If you want to start the day fresh and energized, try moving your workouts to the beginning of the day instead of at the end. Here are some suggestions for how to free up more time in the morning, along with exercise routines that will make you look forward to getting out of bed.
Tips for Freeing Up More Time in the Morning
- Get enough sleep. An obvious one; if you wake up tired every morning, you probably need to get more good quality sleep. Stick to a consistent bedtime and turn off the TV and computer at least an hour before you retire. You’ll do everything faster when you feel fully alert.
- Take a single shower. Skip the morning shower until after you exercise rather than washing up twice. As a bonus, you’ll waste less water and help avoid dry skin.
- Simplify your look. Talk with your hairdresser about getting a hairstyle that requires little daily maintenance. Limit the number of beauty products you use.
- Store workout gear in one place. You’ll always know where your bicycle helmet is if you keep it by the front door. Keep your gym bag packed and in your car trunk so you’re always ready to go.
- Lay out your clothes the night before. Stop wondering what to wear in the morning. Get your workout clothes and work outfit ready before you go to bed.
- Eat at work. It’s nice if you can sit down for breakfast but sometimes you need to eat on the go. Try a yogurt drink or a protein shake you can consume quickly at the office or during your commute. Prepare it the night before and keep it in the fridge overnight to save even more time.
- Enlist family support. It’s always easier to make positive life changes when you have the support of your loved ones. Ask your kids to take on more tasks for getting ready for school. It will also help them to become more responsible.
- When you wake up, don’t think: just get up and go! Not a morning person? When the alarm goes off don’t think about how tired you are or how cold it is, those thoughts are just going to make it harder to get out of bed. Instead, just react to your alarm and get up. As you start moving you’ll feel less tired and start warming up.
Ideas and Tips for Morning Workout Sessions
- Visit the gym. Become an early bird at your gym. It’s often less crowded and noisy, and you won’t have to wait to use your favorite machines. The people who are there also tend to be more dedicated, so it may rub off on you.
- Work out at home. You can stay fit without a gym membership. Turn on the TV to join in an exercise program. Jump rope or use a stairs machine.
- Clean house. Whittle your waistline while you take care of your house and yard. Mopping the kitchen floor uses up more than 200 calories an hour. High intensity activities like shoveling snow burn up more than 400 calories.
- Sign up for an exercise class. Making it to class on time gives you an extra incentive to be prompt. Check the morning schedule at your local yoga studio. Libraries and community centers often offer programs at little or no cost.
- Train at work. Many companies are investing in employee wellness programs. Your boss may be happy to lend the conference room for a session of step aerobics before work.
- Head out to a park. If you live or work in the city, you can still enjoy exercising outdoors. See what’s going on at your local park. There may be a running track, fitness stations or drop-in Tai Chi classes.
- Dive into a pool. Public pools are another great venue in the early hours. Swimming gives you all the benefits of a full body workout while being easy on your joints. It’s a great option for people with arthritis or other conditions who need low impact routines.
Not only will you lose those extra pounds before summer, a commitment to daily exercise can help you lead a longer and healthier life. Put physical activity first on your morning schedule, you’ll feel more energetic and be in a good mood all day long.