5:00am. Time to Work Out. F–k!…

Remind you of anybody? Unfortunately, some people’s schedules don’t allow for lunchtime workouts, or after work gym-time. Sometimes the only way that you are able to get any sort of workout in is before you have to punch in, sit down, and act happy for 8 hours… then pick your kids up from soccer…

“That’s it! I’m gonna start working out before work- to get it out of the way!”

And  then [BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!] your alarm goes off at 4:45am and your whole world changes. You need to think about this, so you hit snooze…

“I’m so comfortable, but  I need [yawn] to get up so that I can… Zzzzz”   

4:54am: BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! 2nd snooze. “Okay, this time I really am going to get up, but I want to “rest my eyes” for a couple…more… Zzzzz”

5:03am: BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! 3rd snooze. “Crap! I don’t even remember falling asleep that time! What time is it? Eh, my workout is already getting cut short. I’ll go after work tonight instead.” And then you reset your alarm so it doesn’t go off again till 6. Sound Familiar?

It is not that it is hard for you to get out of bed- it’s not hard at all. The problem is that it is way too easy to reach that damn snooze button! You wouldn’t make any other important decisions while half-asleep, so don’t make decisions about your health when you can hardly even open your eyes- let alone rationalize! You know that you’re not going to the gym after work; you HATE going to the gym after work. That’s when all those scary guys are there; slamming those weights around and being all “testosteroney.” Or maybe that creepy old lady in the boy-shorts and sports bra who stares at everybody is going to be there; following you around and doing every exercise that you just did  15 seconds ago…

Problem solved. Move your alarm clock! This may sound a little crazy to you, but it does work! And if you don’t get up right away to turn it off, then I’m sure the person laying right next to you might have a thing or two to say about it! So do it. Move your alarm clock. It is only annoying until you get up and start moving around. Then you’re in the zone, and you are ready to go hit the gym. It is a smart decision that you know is good for you. You will never regret the decision to workout, but you might regret the decision to sleep in. So go train legs, or run 3 miles. Or, hey! Maybe you can finally go to that yoga class you’ve been wanting to try…


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  1. #1 by Kristin on February 21, 2011 - 1:43 pm

    This is me. I hate when the alarm clock goes off…but there is no better feeling that getting home at 6:30 am and your workout is over!!! Great way to start the day.

  2. #2 by Barbara on February 23, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    OMG!!! Too true!! I’m going to start this tomorrow…. morning IS the best time to workout… it’s over with and you feel great the rest of the day!!

  3. #3 by Barbara on February 24, 2011 - 10:44 pm

    FYI…don’t leave the alarm on music even if it IS across the room……

  4. #4 by Kristine Callahan on November 2, 2011 - 6:08 am

    I tried it with the husband. It was kinda funny yesterday morning! Good laugh…but he made it to the gym. LOL

    • #5 by sanchezfitness on November 4, 2011 - 5:01 am

      Haha well I’m glad it worked! I would have loved to see his reaction to the idea!

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