As I look at my life, one thing has become clear – if I want to go to the gym more regularly, I’m going to have to going in the mornings.
There are plenty of good reasons to work out in the evening – having a workout buddy, being able to work off the stress of the day, etc.. However, I find myself not being able to find the extra 30-minutes in the evening between my commute, running errands, and other personal commitments. Well, that’s not entirely true – I find myself making excuses to not go the gym after work. Will a half an hour at the gym at night really keep me from being able to pick up laundry detergent at Target? Will 45-minutes at the gym mean that I won’t eat dinner until 9:30 – some night yes, but not always. The reality is if I just make the time and effort to work out in the morning, I will have my evenings free to do as I please without the guilt.
This isn’t a foreign concept to me – I used to work out every morning before work. Of course, it was easier back then because I didn’t have to leave for work by 7 a.m. and my father would wake me up every day to go to the gym with him (I was living at home at the time). I remember feeling accomplished and motivated – all before 8 a.m., which is quite a feat. With discipline, I can get back in the routine of working out in the morning. As much as I love sleep and hitting my snooze button multiple times every day, I have to love myself more! My goal is to wake up at 5 a.m. at least twice this week to go to the gym before work. That is until it becomes socially acceptable to have happy hour(s) at the gym.
Wish me luck!