Having trouble getting in that workout?

Life happens.  The plan is to leave work at lunch, and get a workout in and eat at the desk; or the plan is to work hard all day, and workout after work.  Neither of the options are bad, but there are many times when they don’t work.  Working out at lunch is often spoiled by an invite from a co-worker or pushing that deadline through lunch.  Lunch with co-workers has great rewards, both social and professional, so it’s often good to keep that time open.  Sometimes, work has to come first.  After a hard days work, you may want to go home to your family or catch up with friends and co-workers.  Depending on your day, it’s not uncommon to feel drained after work.  Your daily workout routine is then half-hearted.  No one wants a half-hearted workout.

If life happens to you, try an early morning workout.  If you’re not used to waking up early, then it might take getting used to.  Working out before your day starts can increase your motivation through the rest of the day.  It’s one less thing to worry about squeezing in your work day or after work routine.

How do you get started?

Working out early may alter what you do before bed.  You may have to go to bed 1 hr earlier, but if you’re going to bed at 11 or 11:30 you probably needed to go to bed earlier anyway. If you’re worried about the late night show, a combination of smartphones, tablets, and ipads with dvr, netflix, or hulu allow you to enjoy them during your workout.  Now you have a great reason to get up!  If you need something light to eat before you “go hard” at the gym, try some peanut butter toast or no sugar added apple sauce.  After the workout is done grab a post-workout shake or high protein breakfast.

Be commited to getting up a couple days and compare the feeling you have when you just get up and go to work. Or do it 21 days in a row just to make it a habit!  Good luck!

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