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The Early Wake Up Call - Part 2

by ScottG. on October 17, 2012

A couple months ago, I blogged about the benefits of going to the gym early (see Early Morning Wake Up Call). A friend said he loved the idea but when he tried to get to the gym before work but never made. The dreaded snooze button!

Not a morning person, it’s an easier fix than you might think. Studies show that it only takes two weeks to form a new habit. If you're strong through the first two weeks, your new routine will become the norm and your rewards will be huge. Here are some tips that helped me get on the early AM bandwagon.

START SLOW
Don't set your clock two hours earlier on the first day. You’ll hit the snooze button so many times you’ll end up being late for work. Start out by setting your alarm 15 or 30 minutes earlier for a couple of days. Then add another 15 or 30 minutes for a couple more days and in less than a week you'll have enough time to get in a full workout.

HIT THE SACK EARLIER
Depriving your body of sleep is probably worse than not getting enough exercise. So, since you're getting up earlier it only makes sense to go to sleep earlier. Don't worry about the late show, DVR it and catch it later.

QUICK EATS
You should never workout on an empty stomach. On the other hand, eating too much too close to your workout is also not good. The solution is to have some light, quick foods available that you can grab it on your way out the door. I like granola or energy bars, string cheese, fruit, yogurt, etc.

PLAN AHEAD
It's hard to plan what you need for the day when you're groggy. I can't tell you how many times I've opened my gym bag and realized I didn't have dress socks, a belt, etc. After a couple embarrassing workdays, I made sure I packed everything I'd need the night before. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes

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