A few of my co-workers marvel at the fact that I will wake up at five something in the morning, teach or take a 6 or 7AM barre class, and then come to work, happy as a clam and looking “like springtime,” as one of them told me yesterday. It isn’t the fact that I wake up and workout so early that blows their minds. It’s the fact that I actually have it together enough to wake up that early and manage to at least look put together at the start of the work day.
Truth? I taught at 7AM barre.[d] SPORT class this morning, haven’t so much as ran a brush through my hair, and have been complimented three times on how great my hair looks. So, jokes on them. Or, maybe, its on me…
In actuality, it takes some planning – at least for me – to workout in the mornings and then hop a few doors down to the office. I’m fortunate in the fact that both the barre studio and my gym are within the same couple of blocks as my office. The studio is just three doors down.
When I workout in the mornings, I typically have a much better day. I’m alert, I’m more productive, and I feel accomplished. I tend to save the gym for lunchtime – great brain break – but I don’t know if there is any better way to start the day than by taking or teaching a class at barre.[d] studio.
So, how do I workout in the morning? Here are some of my tips for making those morning workouts – and transitions into the rest of the day – easier.
i. Set those leggings out.
I always lay out my workout clothes the night before. I find my leggings, tank top, sports bra, sticky socks, pullover, Polar watch, whatever I need for my workout the next morning, and have it ready and waiting for me. That way, when I roll out of bed before the sun is up, I don’t have to hunt down my workout clothes. I can just pull on my leggings.
2. Pack a bag.
During the week, I go straight to the office after morning barre class. The night before, I figure out what I want to wear – and what accessories I need – and pack it all. That way, I can just grab my bag the next morning. Pro tip: remember a bra. On more than one occasion, I have forgotten a bra and had to either rock the sports bra all day, or hurry home to get one.
3. Keep the essentials on hand.
We all have our favorite must-use products. I keep a pouch with my essentials in travel size in my purse. My “pouch of magic” as I like to call it has things like dry shampoo, eye liner, a hairbrush, bobby pins, and even mints. A quick foundation touch up, an application of eyeliner, and a spritz of dry shampoo later, I’m good to go.
4. Have lunch ready.
The night before – seeing a trend, here? – I pack my lunch for the next day. I generally pick up breakfast at Mudhouse (an Americano and two power balls, please), before popping over to the office. But, by having lunch already packed, all I have to do is remember to stop by the fridge and grab my to-go containers. Then, there’s remembering to grab it out of the barre studio fridge after class… Still mastering that one.
5. Make it a habit.
The hardest part of working out in the morning is getting out of bed. It gets easier, though. Each time you do it – neglect the snooze button, put two feet on the floor, and pull on some workout tights – it gets easier. Pretty soon, it becomes second nature. I don’t think twice now about getting out of bed when the alarm goes off.
Lies. I think about it seven times over when its really cold outside and my car has frost on it… Or when Knox is especially cuddly. But, I still get up and go. Sometimes because I’m teaching and its my job, others because I love my morning workouts.
Are you a morning workout person? Lunchtime? Evenings? How do you get yourself prepared to workout?