I used to pride myself on my ability to get up early in the morning. I loved a pre dawn workout to make the most of my day. If I left my exercise to the end of the day, then it is very likely that it wouldn’t get done at all- I’d find some sort of excuse, like I’d had too many cups of tea, or was too hungry or tired. Chatting with friends recently about how I fit so much into my life, I told them the trick was to set your alarm earlier, get your fitness done before work, then feel smug for the rest of the day. Last year I often got up before 5.30am to make it to a class. However, apparently my early rising ability isn’t something I’ve brought with me into 2015. A combination of late nights over Xmas and New Year, and too much to do, has pushed my bedtime later meaning my 6am alarm is a shocking, unwanted sound to my sleep deprived ears.
I am determined to readdress this, and become the early riser like 2014 Charlie.
- Go to bed earlier. This applies to me at the moment; I like going to bed early (like 10pm early), and recently it’s been more like 11-11.30 which is just too late for me when I’m getting up at 5.30am. Getting ready for bed earlier, winding down and turning the light out by 10.15pm should start to change my body clock back again.
- Switch off in the evening. Try to have some time away from your phone, laptop, TV etc and read a book or magazine before bed. I am trying to stop checking my phone just before I go to sleep, and turn it on to aeroplane mode whilst I sleep. I use my phone mostly as my alarm if I’m getting up before Tom (otherwise I use the dreamy Lumi Light which I would recommend to EVERYONE) so don’t feel comfortable turning it off completely.
- I’m going to add buy a Lumi Light to make it 10 times easier to wake up- (not sponsored by them, I genuinely love it!)
- Have your gym clothes ready to go- I leave mine in a neat pile in the spare room/living room so that I can get up and get dressed without fishing around in the bedroom for socks etc.
- Pack your bag for work the night before, I ensure that I’ve got mine ready and filled with smart(ish) work clothes the night before, cutting time needed to get ready in the morning and therefore meaning more time in bed.
- Make a smoothie, packed brekkie or lunch the previous night so it’s good to go. I usually drink half of my smoothie on the way to the gym/workout then the other half afterwards before eating breakfast at my desk.
- Sign up to a class or have a PT session- if you’ve said you’ll go or better still, paid for something, you’re less likely to skip it.
- Similarly, arranging to meet a friend can be a really effective way of ensuring that you wake up, get up and work out. You don’t want to be that person that texts to bail at 6am.
- Download some new music, audiobook or podcast that you really want to listen to, but only allow yourself to listen when you’re working out as an incentive. I may do this with the next Serial series.
- Remember to warm up, this will give you time to wake up properly before your workout.
- Treat yourself to a coffee, nice breakfast or 11 o clock snack as a well done for doing your workout. I find that if I workout in the morning, I tend to make healthier food choices throughout the day if I’ve exercised, which is an added bonus!
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Photos taken by the lovely Abi!