I spent many years telling people that I am not a morning person and I would never wake up earlier than necessary on a week day, especially to work out. The snooze button was my best friend and I barely gave myself enough time to get ready in the morning.
When I started to train for a 5 mile race a few years ago, I had to start waking up early to run 3 times a week. At the time I thought this was the worst thing ever. I hated both running and waking up before 7am so this was really all around miserable, but I did it, so I knew that I was capable.
When I moved out of the city I struggled with when to fit in the gym around commuting, so I felt like I needed to at least try to go in the morning. Twice a week I would roll out of bed at 530am, no snooze button allowed, brush my teeth, get dressed and drive with my eyes half shut to a 6am class. Some days I think I dozed off in barre class. Doing this did take a bit of time to get used to but I was shocked at how much energy I had throughout the day.
Slowly but surely I have become a morning person and I freaking love it. Even if I don’t work out in the morning, my body is just trained to be on, functioning and ready to go by the time I get to work. I am more productive in the mornings rather than losing the first few hours of the day and I really believe that waking up in the morning with energy and looking forward to the day, even if your day includes sitting at a desk for 9 hours, can change your outlook and in turn have a positive effect on your general happiness.
A friend recently asked if I had any tips on teaching training your body to wake up early and becoming a morning person so here they are:
- The snooze button is your enemy. Hitting snooze and going back to sleep actually makes you more tired through the day, delays your mind and body from fully waking up and throws off your internal clock. Commit to a time and as soon as the alarm goes off, out of bed you go.
- Train your body slowly. If you normally wake up at 7, wake up at 645 for a week, and then when you need to wake up at 620 for a morning run, you’re not that far off from what your body is used to.
- Wake up early enough that you don’t need to rush to get out of the house. I have found that giving a little bit of extra time allows me to never feel rushed, late or stressed in the morning, resulting in a much happier day overall.
- Set up your coffee maker the night before to brew before you wake and enjoy the smell of fresh coffee as you step out of the shower and a delicious cup of joe as you get ready. This may be completely mental but it works for me.
Hope these tips help, and don’t knock it till you try it!