Master the Morning Workout rountine

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As I mentioned recently, I had to completely flip reversed my work out schedule. Instead of hitting the gym in the evenings, I had to some how mould myself into a morning person. Sounds simple enough, however whilst in a cycle of not sleeping and then wanting to sleep the day away, this was no easy feat. It took a lot of perseverance and a handful/weekful of sleepless nights before I finally got in to the swing of things. I’ve now been waking up and working out for over 2 months and it’s safe to say I’ll never go back to my old ways, so I decided it was about time that I put together my tips for mastering the morning workout.

 

No.1 – Preparation

It sounds simple enough but having everything ready to rock when you rise, really will make the process run smoother whilst also enabling you to stick to strict early morning time schedules. I give myself exactly one hour in the gym and another hour showering and getting myself ready so that I’m back home and sat at my desk by 8am! We prep everything, from our breakfasts to outfits, everything is laid out or packed so that your sleepy little head doesn’t have to deal with it at 5:00am!

 

No. 2 – Rise with the sun

OK so this might not be possible throughout the colder months where we barely see the light of day at all. But I can safely say that I don’t think getting up at 5am would be possible if it wasn’t for my Lumie Alarm clock, It starts waking me up with a faux sunrise 30 minutes before my alarm is due to go off so the shock of the dreaded bleep doesn’t abruptly wake me from my slumber. I really feel like this has a profound impact on my mood throughout the day.

 

No 3 – But first, Coffee!

I allow myself one big, strong, black cup of the stuff just as I wake up, and that is it as far as my coffee consumption goes lately. I had to drastically cut down on the amount of coffee and green tea I was drinking once I started suffering with poor sleep and I haven’t looked back since. Now I have replaced caffeinated cups with warm mugs of Skinny Me Tea. My favourite being the ‘Acai’ tea. Point blank I can tell you there is no tea out there that will make you lose weight on it’s own, all the teas are available and recommended to be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise regime. This won’t ever be your quick fix but it could be a helpful push and that is why I drink them. I can’t use caffeine to give my metabolism a shove so I leave it down to the Acai berries from Skinny Me Tea which like Avocado’s, contain monounsaturated fats (MUFAS) which make you feel satisfied for longer.

 

No. 4 Enjoy.

Stop and appreciate how beautiful that time of the morning really is. Watch the sunrise, the flowers bloom and the frost form throughout the seasons. This is a time that few are fortunate enough to witness, so breath it in and use it’s lure to motivate you every time the alarm sounds!

23 Comments

  1. Chelsy 27th July 2014 / 3:55 pm

    The gym is also a lot quieter! 6.30am spin class really sets you up for the day!

    • lydia 28th July 2014 / 9:17 am

      So peaceful 🙂

  2. Tamara Chloé 27th July 2014 / 6:47 pm

    I have been wanting to do this for ages and this will maybe help me to finally achieve this!
    I really loved this article and the skinny me teas sounds great

    Thanks for sharing and such stunning photos of you;)

    x Tamara Chloé

    • lydia 28th July 2014 / 9:17 am

      Thank you Tamara! I hope it all goes well for you 🙂

  3. Amie 28th July 2014 / 8:10 am

    I really need to start doing this, I’m just such a heavy sleeper! My eyes feel so heavy in the morning I can barely keep them open lol. Thanks for the tips I’ll try them!!

    Amie @ dimplebug.com

    xxx

    • lydia 28th July 2014 / 9:18 am

      I know the feeling well, But I usually find that once you are you, you are UP! and once you reap the benefits of all that free time its hard to go back 🙂

  4. Laura 28th July 2014 / 9:52 am

    I really want to try morning workouts. I’ve always immediately dismissed them with a straight “I can’t get up that early” response. I’ll make it my mission to give it a go as the gym after work can be super tough after a long and stressful day.
    Clearly it’s working for you, you look amaze! x

    • lydia 28th July 2014 / 10:47 am

      Thats exactly what I told myself and then when I had no other choice it’s amazing how you can adapt to these things, some days are hard but its always worth it! 🙂

  5. Chloe 28th July 2014 / 3:28 pm

    Morning workouts are, for me, the best time to exercise. IF I am off work, as I work 7.30 til 10pm on my days off I will go to the gym early! I haven’t never tried the tea you mentioned, can you purchase it in the UK or have it shipped?

    Chloe x

  6. Paula Vaughan 28th July 2014 / 5:43 pm

    This is some great advice. I try to run in the mornings but have been lacking this for the last two weeks. Its funny because I was just telling my work friend about how I need to set up everything the night before. Thanks for your tips and tricks and motivation to get me off my ass and start this new chapter in my life.

    Paula.

  7. Michelle linnane 28th July 2014 / 7:53 pm

    Do you eat before your workout or take a pre-workout? I struggle eating at that time though often feel faint if I don’t eat beforehand!

    Thank you,
    Michelle.

    • lydia 28th July 2014 / 8:51 pm

      I eat after I work out, I dont think i would function as well on a full stomach, maybe have something like a pre workout or a couple of jelly babies to get your blood sugar up before you train so that you don’t feel faint?x

  8. Chiara 28th July 2014 / 8:58 pm

    Hi Lydia!

    Great stuff! How often do you go to the gym in the mornings? I try and push myself a few times a week but mix and match with evening sessions too.

    Good luck for the winter months! U may need an alarm in every corner of the room 😉 xx

  9. Sammy 30th July 2014 / 7:06 am

    Hi

    I’d love to get my workout out of the way and have my evenings free but I have to be at work for 7:30am and leave around 5:30pm. What time do you go to bed as I’m afraid I’ll suffer from headaches with being so tired?

    Thanks sammy

  10. ChrIsie 30th July 2014 / 3:30 pm

    This article was so on point. I’ve recently switched to morning workouts as well and you had some really great tips on making the transition easier. Thank you 🙂

  11. Laurie @ Sneakers to Stilettos 31st July 2014 / 12:00 am

    I’ve started to slowly switch my work outs from evenings to mornings as well. It’s tough some days to wake up early, but it’s worth it. After a morning run I feel so energized for the day, and it’s nice coming home after work and being able to just relax 🙂

  12. Nikita 1st August 2014 / 3:20 pm

    Hello, if you don’t mind but may I know how do you maintain the shape of your body and how to you manage your time on working out while you’re busy? ?? Thank you

    I’m just a teenage girl who doesn’t know how to manage my time properly when it comes to study and health issues. I would really love to keep a healthy diet but I realize I’ve absolutely spend way too much time working out

  13. Nikita 1st August 2014 / 3:20 pm

    Hello, if you don’t mind but may I know how do you maintain the shape of your body and how to you manage your time on working out while you’re busy? ?? Thank you

    I’m just a teenage girl who doesn’t know how to manage my time properly when it comes to study and health issues. I would really love to keep a healthy diet but I realize I’ve absolutely spend way too much time working out

  14. Jennifer MITCHELL 5th August 2014 / 12:39 pm

    Can I ask what book it is you are reading in your pictures on this page? Loved this article x

    • lydia 5th August 2014 / 1:33 pm

      Hi Jennifer,
      I’m reading the Body Book by Camron Diaz!

  15. laura 11th August 2014 / 11:58 am

    Such great tips! What time do you usually go to sleep to be able to wake up at 5pm? I find when I try to go to sleep too early I find it hard to fall asleep.

  16. Francesca bull 24th September 2014 / 12:57 am

    Wow, this really has inspired me. When I go back to Uni I really want to try morning work -outs… I can just imagine how good it will feel throughout the day! Love your blog Xxx

  17. Lika 12th December 2014 / 5:01 pm

    hey, what’s that book you were reading in the pictures?

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