Exercise! - How do you get used to waking up early??




Megan2006
10-03-2006, 09:41 AM
Good Morning Ladies!!

I was just wondering how those who get up super early in the morning get used to doing it? I want to start going to the gym at 5am. I usually don't get up until 6, and I work at 7. Any pointers as to how I can get myself used to waking up?


BreakingFree
10-03-2006, 10:09 AM
This is something I still struggle with. I have to make it a priority to get to bed earlier (~9:30 p.m.) if I plan to get up and work out at 5:00 a.m. Something else that might help is getting a "sunrise simulator." It's an inexpensive device you plug into a lamp in your bed room and it makes the lamp slowly come on to help you wake up. There are also clocks w/ lights that do the same thing.

Good luck and good for you for getting up early to exercise! :)

amyn
10-03-2006, 03:34 PM
Do it for a month, it will become habit, and actually someting your body will look forward too. You do need to go to bed earlier though. It is so nice to watch the sun come up and you have gotten in your exercise for the day!


nelie
10-03-2006, 03:49 PM
I'm actually considering waking up early and going to the gym. I haven't yet though :) I really need to pack a gym bag at night but I keep "forgetting".

almostheaven
10-03-2006, 03:53 PM
I didn't. I started making excuses for not getting out for my walk, and I realized that if I was trying to force myself to do something that was difficult for me, that I was likely to fail. So I switched my exercise time to the evening and found ideas I could stick to without the struggle. I didn't want to fail. The more I did it, the more routine it became. But when I first started trying to do this in the mornings, I simply started reverting back to my old habits, hitting snooze, and talking myself out of it.

WhitWhit
10-03-2006, 04:15 PM
I didn't. I started making excuses for not getting out for my walk, and I realized that if I was trying to force myself to do something that was difficult for me, that I was likely to fail. So I switched my exercise time to the evening and found ideas I could stick to without the struggle. I didn't want to fail. The more I did it, the more routine it became. But when I first started trying to do this in the mornings, I simply started reverting back to my old habits, hitting snooze, and talking myself out of it.

I agree. You really have to do what works for you, and what works well with your schedule. Otherwise, you will eventually get frustrated and start making excuses.

jtammy
10-03-2006, 04:18 PM
I've been exercising for about 10 months first thing in the morning. I wake up between 4:30 and 5:00. I throw on some clothes and get going. I started out making a commitment to myself to do it for 6 weeks, with no excuses. Commitment was the key for me. I had read that if I could do it for 6 weeks, it would become a habit and that was really true for me. Now if something BIG comes up and I can't exercise first thing in the morning, I feel yucky the rest of the day. It's such a great feeling to get that done first thing in the morning. I have more energy and keep that little "high" feeling going all day.

On the practical side, you must get to sleep early. That is the thing most likely to screw me up. Have your clothes ready to go. Get organized the night before if you have to. Make this a priority, for this 6 weeks, and I hope it will work out for you like it has for me. Good for you for wanting to do this!

WaterRat
10-03-2006, 05:46 PM
I've tried this several times, and it just doesn't work for me. I can never force myself into doing it long enough to become a habit, I guess. I am much more inclined to work out right after work. I eat a small protein rich snack about 4, and am working out by 5:30. The other problem for me is that as others have said, if you're getting up that early, you must go to bed early, like 9 - 9:30. My life involves several activities that keep me out later than that, and while I agree that exercise is necessary, I'm not giving up everything I enjoy to do it. Since most of these meetings, etc. start at 7, I can still workout and get to them too.

Whatever works for you is the key here. Actually exericising is the important component here, not when you do it. :)

ms.keq
10-03-2006, 06:24 PM
I have read that getting up earlier is easier if you merely try ten minutes earlier a day. This is easier for your body to adjust to than suddenly getting up an hour earlier. But you know what/ I thihnk getting up early is always tough! Good for you for trying!

KateRN
10-04-2006, 02:14 AM
when i am planning on getting up early for working out - i am in bed by 9 and up at 0330 and out running by 0400 so i can be leaving my house at 0600 to make it to work on time... it took me about 2 weeks to get used to it.

Kreen
10-04-2006, 01:37 PM
I agree with those who've said to simply start doing it. Go to bed earlier and try it for a while to see if it works. It's so great to have that done before the day even begins! And it helps you stay on track with your food too throughout the day. Let us know how you do

BlueToBlue
10-04-2006, 09:56 PM
For the most part, I don't get up early to work out. I work out sometime during the day (I try to get it in before 4 PM when the gym starts to get busy).

But if I have a busy day scheduled and I know I won't be able to fit my workout in at my regular time, I get up early and do it. And it does feel really good. I'm not a morning person but I find that by starting my day with a workout, I actually feel much more awake for the rest of my day. And I feel so darn smug all day about having my workout out of the way. And, the gym is usually pretty quiet at 5 or 6 AM so I get my choice of equipment.

In fact, I do get up early on Saturdays to go swimming. I've just worked it into my Saturday routine: get up at 6:30, go swimming, shower, go to the farmers market, come home and have breakfast.

So I guess I would echo what the others have said. Try it for a while: it might become a habit (like Saturdays have become for me) and you won't think twice about it. If you do it for a while and it's still a struggle, then find a time to workout that isn't such a struggle.

- Barbara

passionfruit
10-05-2006, 12:13 PM
You could probably place your alarm clock on the other side of the room...so when it sets off, you would have to turn it off by getting up from your bed :o). As long as you don't flop back into it :spin:

ledom
10-05-2006, 12:46 PM
I have to revisit this issue from time to time. I have to workout early because I won't exercise the evening when I am tired - I have to get up early to make it work for me. I try to get myself on auto pilot by saying over and over to myself, "when the alarm goes off my feet hit the floor", like a mantra. I say it to myself as I am falling asleep and I say to myself when the alarm goes off. I try not to think about it too much, it's just the rule. Honestly, once I am actually in a vertical position it doesn't take long to wake up and get going it's just the initial act of crawling out of bed that is hardest for me.

WaterRat
10-05-2006, 01:25 PM
You could probably place your alarm clock on the other side of the room...so when it sets off, you would have to turn it off by getting up from your bed ). As long as you don't flop back into it

:lol: My cats cry to go out between 5:30 and 6 most mornings (and they will til it's really cold). I manage to get up, let them out, go to the bathroom, and get back in bed and sleep in about 1.5 minutes! Just being on my feet doesn't mean I'm up! :rofl:

I'm really not mocking those of you who are morning people, or who have the discipline to get up and workout in the morning. It just doesn't work for me for the most part. When working out in the evenings doesn't work, I'll probably reconsider early mornings. If I only didn't have to go to work....

LisaMarie71
10-05-2006, 05:25 PM
I've always liked the idea of getting up early to work out, but the reality just doesn't seem to work for me for several reasons. I used to do it, but it doesn't work now. For one thing, as a teacher I have to get to work earlier than in my previous jobs (no later than 7:45) and I live about 20 minutes from work (not counting when I'm late and driving behind school buses...ugh). For another, I like to walk and it's too dark that early! If I go to the gym in the morning, I'd have to shower and wash my hair and I don't like showering in strange places plus it takes me ages to dry my hair (too much of it), and I don't want to do that in a strange place either.

Here's the big reason, though. I just don't like going to bed early. I work on grading and planning until late at night and I try to squeeze in some time to hang out with my husband. I certainly don't want to cut my evening short by going to bed at 9:00. I can't even imagine it!

Also...I like going to the gym and getting that bit of stress relief at the end of the work day. The students drive me insane, and then I go let it all out on the treadmill.

I know how great I'd feel all day if I worked out in the morning, and I know it would be great to get it done first thing, but I've accepted the fact that it just doesn't work for me. In the summer, I walk around 9am because I don't have to go to work!

Neleh
10-10-2006, 05:34 AM
I try to make sure I get into bed early the night before, and then force myself to wake up early, I hate doing it but I know that if I don't get my workout in early on then I won't do it for the rest of the day. I just can't motivate myself for the evening.

Usually my workout and shower end just as my husband is waking up so we get to have a snuggle afterwards.

jtammy
10-10-2006, 07:32 AM
I completely agree with the statement that exercising is important, but when you do it isn't so important. I've tried it both early morning before work and after work in the evenings. After work doesn't work so well for me because "life" seems to catch up with me then. Invariably, if I planned to do it after work, the kids would need help with their homework, we'd have some event to go to, I'd start supper and just never find the time, etc, etc.

Doing it early in the morning, for ME, just gives me fewer excuses and I prefer it. I do still go for a walk after dinner at least twice a week, in addition to my morning workout, but I realize that as the days get shorter, I'll be unable to keep doing that.

Everyone is different, good thing there are so many options for us all. ;)

maiya
10-24-2006, 02:44 AM
I work the morning shift quite often, 06-14, so I had to get used to it, but I couldn't do it all the time, I still need to sleep more at least 2ice a week; and getting up even earlier than 4:40 to exercise? no no :tired:

VelVeeta
10-26-2006, 03:43 PM
Its hard to get used to but you just have to start doing it everyday. After two weeks i think you will be used to it. Its going to be hard but your body will adjust and you cannot rationalize that sleeping in is ok. Plus, after you exercise you feel so much better and you can have the rest of the day for work and personal errands, etc. You have gotten your workout over first and it isnt hanging over your head on your "to do" list. Now my body wakes up automatically and on the weekends i wake up (but i go back to sleep and enjoy weekends) Hope that helps.

WindyCityChick
10-26-2006, 11:20 PM
With the daylight savings time shift this weekend, maybe you can pretend the clocks are not being set back, and use that "extra" hour to try getting a morning routine in place. It should be an easier adjustment for your internal clock than at any other time in the year!

watch_it_break
10-27-2006, 01:21 AM
With the daylight savings time shift this weekend

that's THIS weekend?! holy moly, this year has totally been flying by...

that's a good idea, though, using that weekend to get used to waking up earlier. oh how i'll miss my "fall back," though... Mmmmm, sleep. :p

katie3181
10-28-2006, 10:28 PM
I was going to post almost exactly the same post. I'm glad I saw this. I've been having issues going to the gym after work so I really would like to begin going early in the morning. What do you guys feel is a good amount of time for sleep? Personally I'm not someone who needs 8 hours every night to feel normal, but I want to make sure I'm getting enough.

The problem i have is my job. I either work 8 am to 4 pm or 2 pm to 10 pm. My schedule varies so I can't get into a routine. The days when I work till 10 pm make it hard to wake up at 5 the next morning.

But I guess I should just give it a try for a couple weeks at least. The gym is in the same shopping center as my work so I can just workout, shower, and get to work. There should be no excuses.

I think that for working out in the morning you definitely have to have your clothes laid out or your gym bag packed the night before.
I'm totally babbling, but maybe someone will make sense of my post. Anyone else have some words of wisdom?

Kate

motownsunshine
10-30-2006, 02:33 AM
I like working out at night myself. I usually do it while watching my primetime tv programs. That way it never feels like the workout is much shorter than it really is. When I am done I shower, have an apple and sleep like a baby. When I wake up in the morning I am not nearly as grumpy as I used to be either. It may not work for everybody but it's been working well for me.