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How to Work Out in the Morning

Two years ago, my friend invited me to a 5:30am Flywheel class before work. It took a couple invitations to get me to go, and even when I did, I was half asleep for the first ten minutes. These days, I bop into the gym around 4:15 bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (for the most part). Here are my secrets:

  1. Great tasting pre-workout: I don’t know about you, but I crave sweets in the morning. A donut? Waffle? Muffins? Yes, please. So a sweet pre-workout can literally get me out of bed. My favorites right now are  PEScience prolific in raspberry lemonade OR Optimum Nutrition in Blueberry Lemonade. I try to drink this as I’m getting dressed and gathering my things. That way, the caffeine has started to set in by the time I walk into the gym and start warming-up.
  2.  Go to bed: I’m always exhausted in the evening times. It’s the nature of my job. But knowing I can get up and get a good morning workout in always motivates me to close my eyes when I want to keep scrolling Instagram or reading my book. I personally don’t feel the need to use it, but the bedtime alarm system on the iPhone is fascinating!
  3. Remind yourself of the benefits: Fitness at anytime won’t hurt, but these articles are great to read if you need a little push in the right direction. #1: Bodybuilding.com or #2: Cosmopolitan.com
  4. Make use of the extra time in the day: This really turned into a habit for me when I was planning a wedding. I was constantly meeting with vendors after school and knew that if I waited to work out, it wasn’t going to happen. If I work out in the morning and want to go to happy hour with a friend, I can, because I’ve already worked out. I can stay as late as I want at work (which isn’t late!), or I can take a nap–is there any better motivation than that?
  5. Find your Mindset: When people ask (because they do…often) WHY on Earth I would workout at 4:15am, I always respond with my true reasoning. I’m not trying to lose a certain amount of weight or get in shape fast. It’s mental. If I can get up and workout for an hour BEFORE I start my day, I know I can handle whatever the day throws at me. Lifting heavy weights by 4:30am reinforces the idea that I am strong, and if I’m strong in the gym, I can be strong in my classroom and in my family. And besides? Have you heard of an endorphin rush? I’m a much nicer person when I’ve worked out in the morning.

I’d love to know when YOU like to workout and how that helps you!

 

Dallas Fitness Ambassadors
  • How beautiful is this breakfast bowl? Potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, cabbage, PERFECT runny eggs, cheese & avo.
  • Great morning at @bodymachinefitness with @dallasbloggerbrunch. Definitely worth trying out if you like circuit + treadmill workouts & incredible smoothies after 🍴💪🏻
  • @flywheelsports 60-min class for ALL the endorphins this morning. 🚴🏻‍♀️
  • This energy bowl from @soulbowlz in Fairhope hit the SPOT for breakfast earlier this week. Spinach + kale + acai blend + pineapple + whey + delicious toppings 🍴
  • We knocked out a sunrise workout on the Fairhope pier this morning, and it was so pretty to be next to the water. 🌊☀️
Lauren's: -50 lunges
-3 rounds: 5 push-ups + 5 step-ups
-15-10-5-5-10-15 bench dips + air squats -repeat 2-4X
Zach's:
10 rounds:
-20 push-ups -25 dips
  • Do y'all take a daily probiotic? I'm curious to know! Taking these gummies daily has been an easy addition to my routine, because they taste like candy. This serving of 4 billion live cultures is less than the recommended daily amount, BUT it serves as a supplement to other dietary probiotics that can come from sources like yogurt & kombucha. I'm so glad @influenster sent me this complimentary product to try out.
  • We picked up some peach marinated chicken from the @central_market taste of the south festival & paired it with roasted okra and white rice for a tasty & well-rounded dinner plate. Not pictured: @apothicwine rosé.
  • Coolest gym ever, but we're still Saints fans.
  • It's 4:15 and haven't touched a veggie today. Oops. I'm pretty loyal to the @drinkgreens renew blend, but this is a close second. 4.5 pounds of cucumber + celery + kale + broccoli + lemon + parsley + basil cold pressed into one bottle.