My Morning Exercise Plan . . .

Good morning! Thanks so much to everyone who read My Not So Great Bootcamp Update and left me tips about exercising in the AM. I am bound and determined that I will find a way to get most of my exercise in the AM. I just have to figure out what works best for my body.

Morning Exercise

I did some Google searching and found these fabulous articles I thought I would share with you.

7 Steps to Become a Morning Exerciser
How To Become a Morning Exerciser
5 Ways to Become a Morning Exerciser
How to Become a Morning Workout Person
8 New Ways to Become and Stay a Morning Exerciser
Becoming a Morning Exerciser

As I read the articles, I took note of some tips that were repeated or that I felt were pertinent to me. Let’s discuss them.

Move up bedtime – For now I am not going to do this. I am asleep by 10PM almost every night. My alarm clock is set for 5:30AM. I am going to move my alarm up to 5:00AM. I am truly a morning person as I cannot remember every hitting the snooze alarm. When it goes off, I am up. And I often wake up 5-10 minutes before the alarm. Getting up is not the problem.

Drink water + Light snack/fuel – I always drink water in the morning but rarely eat anything until I get to work. I am going to play around with different types of fuel (see suggestions below). This will be where I really have to experiment and take note of what works and what doesn’t.

Plan to fail + Give it time/Stick with it – I don’t expect every day to be a success at the beginning. If I get sick, I will stop and try again the next day. I will try to figure out if I did something wrong the night before or what fuel might not have worked.

Reward yourself – Most of the articles list this. I will come up with something. Honestly figuring this out will be a reward within itself.

Workout in PJs or Sleep in your workout clothes – I like both of these ideas, but I will probably sleep in my PJs then get up and change into my workout clothes.

Build a motivating AM playlist – Great idea. Any suggestions for “morning” songs? I have a Rock My Run subscription and have tons of their fabulous playlists that I can listen to.

Share your plans – I am sharing them with you right now. My intention is to start on Monday the 29th.

Think about why – Why I want to do this is that I am bad to skip my workout when something comes up after work or I am too busy. Getting the majority of my exercise done in the mornings will make me feel better and less guilty if I don’t get to workout in the afternoon/evening. My intention is NOT to completely give up afternoon/evening workouts.

Create strategy for success – I hope what I am doing here is creating a strategy for success.

Be realistic – I know I might not have a perfect first week or even second week. My goal is to experiment until I get it right. I also know that in the beginning my intensity level will be fairly low.

Here is what I have planned:

5:00AM – get up, put on workout clothes, drink H20 and have some fuel (will vary until I find what works), computer work
5:30AM – WORKOUT TIME. Initially: 10 minutes elliptical, 10 minute strength FitnessGlo video, 10 minute stretch video
6:00AM – Cool down and finish computer work
6:30AM – Start getting ready for work
7:30AM – Out the door

Some suggestions I was given for fuel:

  • piece of fruit (banana, etc.)
  • small protein bar
  • egg
  • toast
  • crackers
  • toaster waffle
  • peanut butter
  • yogurt
  • bagel
  • plain oatmeal

I am looking forward to implementing my plan. I have a few more days to think about it, prepare, and make initial changes where necessary.

Any more suggestions? Songs for my playlist? Ideas for fuel?

Enjoy your day!


5 Responses to “My Morning Exercise Plan . . .”

  1. Sounds like a great plan. I really like that you included set-backs, re-sets and retries in you plan. Lately I’ve been having a no-bake peanut butter/oatmeal/protein ball (recipe on my blog) pre-workout. It’s a bit more balanced than a tsp of PB (which I’ve also done!). If you have tummy issues I’d start with the simple carbs – toast, crackers – to see how that does.

  2. sounds like a great plan! i don’t sleep in my my workout gear either, i just lay it out the night before. hoping this works for you!

  3. Thanks for the link love! Sounds like you have a great plan! I love that you included “think about why” – so important for me!