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Going To The Gym Early in the Morning: What It Changed For Me

Benefits to going to the gym early in the morning

People who know me in real life know that I am going to the gym early in the morning. Very early. I’m usually there by 5am on weekdays and 8am (latest) on weekends. But why do I do this?

How I Started Going To The Gym Early In The Morning

I’ve always been an early bird and I’ve always been quite active, but I spent many years exercising in the evening, taking classes or doing home workouts. I didn’t really have a schedule and wasn’t putting that much focus on my fitness, especially when I was still a student. As a result, I was getting easily side-tracked.

It all changed when I moved to Miami Beach, where fitness is everything, for a year. I had time to exercise much more often and I preferred doing it in the morning as it was getting really warm past 10am. Then I even took my workouts to the next level when I joined Orange Theory Fitness. I was taking the early morning classes, at 5:45 or 6:45 and I felt energised for the rest of the day.

When I moved back to France, I kept going to the gym early in the morning. Then I moved to the UK during Winter and had a really hard time staying on track. I finally signed up to the nearest gym and went after work. The gym was ridiculously busy, I was tired and stressed-out, this wasn’t working for me. Back to the morning schedule!

The Benefits

  • It helps me start the day off right and keep a good mindset. I get my endorphins boost and I’m already feeling accomplished before 7am.
  • I start the day by doing something for myself. It’s my “me time” before life takes over. Even if you have a crap day, you still had your early gym session, you still got the chance to do something good for you.
  • It’s easier to stay on track. I don’t have time to come up with reasons to skip a workout, which I would probably do if I was going to the gym at the end of the day. And starting the day at the gym encourages to make healthy choices for the rest of the day, as you want to keep feeling good about yourself.
  • The gym is very quiet. I almost never have to wait to use any equipment so I can just follow my plan. Also, even though I am used to the gym now, I still feel better when not many people are around. Especially when I try exercises that I found on Youtube or Instagram for the first time.

How I Stick To It

Obviously I don’t go to bed too late. I don’t want to exhaust myself. This is just my lifestyle now. It’s hard at first but it gets easier and easier. Some days I don’t have loads of motivation and I’d rather stay in bed but discipline gets me going. And my boyfriend is training in the morning as well so we kind of keep each other on track.

Also, living a short walk away from the gym is a massive help. True fact: one of my first criteria when choosing a place to live is how close the gym is.

On some rare occasions, I’m having a lazy Sunday and I don’t make it to the gym until mid-afternoon. The place is busy, I don’t feel like I put the same effort in and I always end up regretting not going after I woke up.

And there’s so many benefits of going to the gym early in the morning for me, so why wouldn’t I stick to it?

Well, that was a long one! Thank you for reading if you made it until the end!

10 thoughts on “Going To The Gym Early in the Morning: What It Changed For Me

  1. Marette

    Now that I have a 4-month-old I think early morning is going to be the best time for me to work out. I am still figuring it out but these are great benefits to keep in mind.

  2. Annaliese

    This summer I’ve been trying to workout in the early mornings more as well!! Some days my morning schedule doesn’t permit it and I do have to go after work, but it’s great to get your day started feeling accomplished!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  3. Ashley Stephenson

    Oh I am all about early morning workouts! I go to Burn Boot Camp every weekday at 5:30am. I agree it is still sometimes hard to get up but I know that if I don’t I won’t be in at all that day! I can definitely tell a difference in how I feel if I workout in the AM or if I don’t!

  4. Katherine Fox

    Ok, one, you look amazing!! Total goals. Two, I’m just like you and I’ve always been an early bird and pretty active, but I’ve never really stuck to a schedule. I live in Florida and it’s so hard to convince myself to workout in the warmer months. I wish so badly that we had an Orange Theory Fitness around us, but I’m doing 80 Day Obsession for now and I think I’m more motivated than ever to just get up and get it done! Thank you!

  5. Kristen

    I’ve been wanting to get better about having a morning workout routine! I always find myself working out after work but then I feel like it doesn’t always happen, especially after a super long work day. Thanks for these tips! I’ll try them out and see if I can stick to a morning workout routine instead 🙂

    Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

  6. Melissa

    I love this idea! I bet it feels good to have really done something important so early in the day. I’m not sure if I could do it, because I already wake up at 5 for work. If I didn’t have to be to work so early, I would definitely do this too.

  7. Christa

    I love early morning workouts. It’s a great way to start the day with a sense of accomplishment. I meet a running group 3 times a week. If I know people are waiting for me, it’s easier to get up at 4:30 am. 😀

  8. Melissa Sanchez

    I love this post and I have to completely agree with you. Starting the day off by working out is the way to go, there is no greater feeling than to start the day with a good workout. I feel like it pumps me up with lots of energy

  9. Tayler

    I don’t go to the gym (I run with my two kids in the double stroller), but I DO LOVE to workout in the mornings!

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