What Is The Secret To Waking Up Earlier To Exercise
Picture this: Your alarm clock goes off at 5.20 am (yes, that is what time in our house on weekdays) in the morning. Having to wrench yourself from gentle dreams with a song blasting from the radio, or even worse, a radio commercial (you know the ones, the man from the tile place).
You are all prepared the night before to get up early to exercise. You have the gear and drink bottle ready to go. You have gone to bed earlier. You are motivated. Then around 5 - 5.30am the alarm goes off.
You know you should get up and get started with your day, but the urge to remain in bed overpowers you, and soon you’re back under the sheets snoozing, losing valuable time.
Argh - what is the secret of not hitting the snooze button for the next hour? How do jump out of bed and get up to exercise? A question that fills my inbox regularly.
I was always the person who hit the snooze button, especially as I love to read at night. I would go to bed early, but end up reading for a few hours. I love my bed, and I like to sleep, but exercise has always been a priority for me. Having four children, I often wanted to exercise at night so that I could enjoy the extra time in bed, but then frustration kicked in when something unexpected came up (which usually does with four children), and I was required to be the "Mummy Uber Driver."
For me, the only option was to exercise at 6 am. It was one of the most challenging changes I have ever made in my life, but now it has turned into a habit, one I enjoy and miss if the snooze button takes over.
So what is the big secret?
Retired Navy SEAL commander, Jocko Willink sums it up here:
“Don’t think in the morning,”
“That’s a big mistake that people make. They wake up in the morning, and they start thinking.”
Instead, as soon as his alarm clock goes off at 4:30 a.m. (an hour earlier than mine!), Willink jumps out of bed and puts on the workout clothes he prepared the night before. His day’s to-do list was made the night before, so he doesn’t have to sip a coffee and wonder what he’ll do that day. He heads straight to his garage gym for a workout that wakes up both mind and body far more intensely than checking emails and doing some light stretching ever could.
By the time he’s finished his morning routine, most people are just waking up, most likely to try to start thinking.
So next time you go to press the snooze button, don't think, get up out of bed and work out. At 7 am you will be hydrated and feeling fabulous, rather than pulling yourself out of bed after an hour of snoozing.
When do you like to exercise?
What motivates you, or what is your secret?
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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