Knock it Out and One of My Favorite Sayings.

Hey there! Hope your day is off to a great start. I was able to get up and bust it out rather early at the gym this a.m. Strength work and a strong negative split run to get things rolling. My legs are feeling rather strong after a weekend of back to back long runs.

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This is without a doubt one of my favorite sayings… because in my case it’s oh so true.

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By the way I kind of had to drag myself out of bed to get that workout in. I got up, reasoned with myself, and just got it done. I knew I had to get to work early, and I have a dentist appointment this evening. So this was the best time to knock it out.

Also…I have a little confession to make. Sometimes I am just not at all a morning person. Anyone else with me?

This is what my alarm clock looks like sometimes…haha…guilty.

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But…I do think that there are ways you can motivate yourself to workout in the morning and talk yourself into a killer workout.

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Here are some of my tricks.

Have your workout clothes, shoes, etc laid out the night before so you can get up and just throw ‘em on. That way when you get up you don’t spend a ton of time digging around looking for stuff.

Don’t stay up late. Get in the practice of going to bed early and recharging those batteries so you can rise early.

-Is coffee your jam? (Like it is mine) Set your coffee mug, coffee maker etc up so that you can get up early and sip on some while you get ready. For me, coffee is a huge motivator and sometimes it’s just the boost you need to get up and get out.

Don’t hit the snooze button! I know…easier said than done. Once that alarm hits try to get into the practice of just getting up and not listening to those voices in your head. If you give yourself excuses and convince yourself it’s okay to slack off, you will. Change your mindset.

Visualize yourself feeling like a rockstar after that workout. There’s nothing better than that feeling of accomplishment knowing you got it all done before a busy day. For me, it makes my day go much smoother and I feel more relaxed at the job knowing I took the time to take care of myself and do something good…for ME!

What are some things you do to motivate yourself to get up and get that workout in?

44 thoughts on “Knock it Out and One of My Favorite Sayings.

  1. I need to do a pre work workout on Friday as I am out for dinner in the evening. I have not been looking forward to it but recently I have seen quite a few posts listing the benefits. Definitely feeling better about the prospect.

  2. Love this post! When I first started running I hated it. I started turning my alarm on super early, sleeping next to my clothes and shoes and getting out the door to run before I woke up. I’d always wake up a few blocks from home (after the run was done) and get pissed off that I was running. But, I was so close to home I had no choice but to finish the run. It worked like a charm!

  3. The snooze button has become my biggest enemy! I’ve been working later and later at night so my whole schedule has been pushed back and I haaaate it. Working out in the morning is the best! I love your alarm note haha — “Your muscles are shrinking!”

  4. coffee does it for me! and being prepared the morning of. i have slept in my clothes on a number of occasions lol. it’s that serious! i have been drinking half-caff since i’m breastfeeding but it still gives me the kick i need. loved your list!

  5. I definitley set a few alarms… And i always tell myself I just need to go one mile, and if I’m still miserable I can run home. But after a mile I am always ready to finish the workout 🙂

  6. Setting out my clothes helps SO much. That way I don’t disrupt the boyfriend and have no excuses!

    Also, with you on the multiple alarms — laughed at your ‘muscles are shrinking’ one! Too funny!

  7. I used to be a morning workout person…. until winter started. I’m starting to think that my habit with working out in the morning is seasonal! :p I definitely enjoy working out in the morning though – you’re done with it, and now you can enjoy the rest of the day without fretting about it!

  8. I lay out my stuff every single night – if for some reason I don’t get up then I feel guilty the next morning when I see them. I also quit hitting the snooze button – otherwise it eats into my workout time. Plus even if I’m tired, once I’m awake I’m pretty much awake!

  9. Great tips!! I love them and it’s really hard for me to get up early during winter!! Ugh, it has been a headache lately!! 🙂 Getting enough sleep is definitely key for my mind and body!! Although I get up early, I’m really not a huge morning person, either!! Hehe! Have a fabulous day!! XOXO

  10. Awesome post! My recent trick has been to simply set my alarm 🙂 We have two puppies now and they are jumping out of bed and ready to go the second they hear my alarm! I then I have choice but to get my butt out of bed. Thanks for the motivation!
    One thing I struggle with is if I workout in the mornings, I get a burst of energy on my way home from work and feel like I should workout again… not necessary and I need to learn to be happy and content with my morning workouts!

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  12. This week has been such an off week for me. With the schedule for the kids being changed last minute to double pick-ups. I’m probably just making excuses. I need to stop with that. Should have come here yesterday for that extra motivation. Hopefully I’ll go for a lunch run today. 🙂

  13. good tips! i am pretty motivated and hate myself if i don’t work out, soooo if i don’t make it in the morning, i know i’ll go at night. sometimes a girl needs to sleep. 🙂

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