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!
- 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!