Stop Pressing Snooze
Waking up in the morning used to be the WOAT. I would faintly hear the beginning of my alarm incorporated into whatever dream I was having, and then I'd roll over and snooze the obnoxious tone as many times as I could before actually rolling myself out of my cloud. Honestly, some mornings are still like this, and that's totally normal and okay. But when every morning is like this, that's not fair to the awesome day that's waiting for you.
Today, I can honestly say that waking up in the morning for my workouts or morning activities is exciting. I actually like it; even on the weekends! And I want to share the things that run through my mind when people ask me how the heck I wake up early a majority of mornings.
- Mornings are actually the GOAT.
- When we choose to ignore our alarms, we miss out. We miss out on sunrises, sweat sessions happening at badass local fitness studios, farmer's markets, early-morning coffee shop visits, yoga classes, walks in the park in crisp, cool air, and quiet time (the kind that feels like no one else in the world is awake so you climb in bed with your coffee and journal or read your book). There is too much that happens in the mornings to give them up. It's the time of day for wholesome activities and things that will support the day ahead of you, make you feel like a rockstar for the rest of the 14 hours that you're awake, and complete your life. In my eyes, mornings aren't worth missing.
- We should wake up feeling energized, not foggy and exhausted.
- We all have days and mornings where we're tired and worn out, but this shouldn't be every day! Some of this exhaustion can come from what we've eaten the night before (i.e. carb and protein heavy meal) and at what time. Ideally, we should eat the most calories during the lunch hour. It's the peak time when our bodies need the most energy to carry us through the rest of the day, and it's also the perfect time for a big meal because our bodies have had time in the morning to digest everything from the day before along with breakfast. Lunch=most protein heavy meal of the day with maybe a complex carbohydrate and definitely some veggies. Dinner=vegetable party, small protein. Also, dinner should be eaten 2-3 hours before bedtime, because then our bodies have the chance to digest the food before we go to sleep, and our bodies can also use some of the energy that the food has given us for whatever activities we are doing before bedtime. Digestion requires a lot of energy from our bodies. So when our bodies are working to digest substances from the night before that are more complex and require more effort, we feel the consequences of it (fatigue). In order to feel lighter and more energized in the mornings, we have to pay attention to what we're consuming the night before and when. Fatigue has a lot of different elements to its roots, but now that I've changed my diet, I feel so much more energized and happy in the mornings and truly think there is a correlation here.
- The best workouts happen in the morning. For real, people are on their preworkout GRIND in the early AM hours. There is truly no better vibe than a fitness studio at 6am.
- Days are longer when you wake up earlier. You have as much time in the day as you allow yourself. When you wake up at 6am, you're one step ahead of those who didn't, and you're bound to have a kickass day when you start it with intention and an activity that supports your state of wellness.
- Go to bed earlier. Are you worried that waking up will leave you feeling tired throughout the whole day because you won't have had a full night of rest? What time are you going to bed? If you want to feel good waking up early in the morning, do your body a favor and don't go to bed past 10:30pm.
- I try to go to bed around 9:45pm during the week, and on the weekends I still genuinely don't like being up past 11:30pm (yes, I like to spend time with friends and sometimes I'm up later than I'd like to be).
- Schedule your workouts for the week on Sunday.
- When you sign up in advance for workout classes or at least write them on your calendar, you're more likely to actually go to the classes because you feel more obligated to! On Sunday afternoons or Monday mornings, I like to get onto the Class Pass app and MOJO app and schedule my workouts for the week. I also write them down in my planner. This way, when my alarm goes off in the morning, I already know when and where I'm supposed to be, and I can prepare for the workout the night before by eating right and getting enough rest. I also feel like I'm responsible for attending the class because when classes are full and I skip the class that I managed to snag a spot in because I'm tired, I've taken up a space that someone else could have filled! It's not fair to the studio and unfair to others that would have gone if the class still had an opening!
- Find a kickass preworkout that has natural ingredients.
- Read about the natural substances that are in preworkout products and how they can help you.
- Do not purchase preworkout supplements that contain these elements. Ideally, a supplement shouldn't have anything extra added to it. It's a good sign if your preworkout is flavorless and white!
- If anything, safe added subtances include: stevia, erythritol, inulin, xylitol, organic fruit or vegetable root extract (all for color or natural sweetening)
- Look for caffeine content supplied by coffee bean or green coffee bean, green tea, matcha, yerba mate or guayusa. You might come across Caffeine Anhydrous, which is a potent caffeine powder made from the seeds and leaves of the coffee plant. I'm not an advocate for this, but I'm also not against it!
- Some of my favorite all-natural preworkout brands include PurePump by DoVitamins and Beet Natural by Nutrology. One that I previously used that I like is called PUSH by SFH. However, as you'll notice, some of the ingredients don't align with the advice that I've given and linked to above.
If you take away anything from this article: a preworkout and a change in mindset will change your early mornings. You are capable of getting a kick ass workout in every morning, and your life and body are going to benefit from it!
What gets you out of bed in the early hours?