At the end of last years I decided to dedicate my focus to my health. I don’t see myself as fat but I do see a better version of me that I thought could come from working out. Not having worked out consistently for the last four months, it has also helped my mental health.
The challenging part about living in New York City is finding a time to workout. Through trial and error I realized early mornings was the best time for me to workout. Sometimes my friends would ask me to go places, I would get called into work or it would be to late to go.
Once I realized 5:00 Am was the best time to workout I realized a regimen that worked for me to stay dedicated and get to the gym.
Even if you don’t plan on going to the gym at 5 am, here are tips that can help you get to the gym:
When I first got back in the gym, I was constantly doing my same workouts that I did from prior gym commitments or doing whatever videos I would find.
One night I set down and created a plan. When I created a plan, I felt more confident in the gym and had more purpose. I went through my workout with more confidence. When I completed a workout session I felt accomplished. It helped me to challenge myself to do different challenges and create a plan to get through it.
A good committed nighttime routine is important. If you don’t get enough rest you will not be committed to finishing your workouts at the gym. You may feel lethargic which is not good in ensuring your complete a workout correctly.
My goal is to be in my bed by 9 and asleep by 10. Even if you don’t wake up at 4 like me get enough sleep so you can get up and be well rested for the day. Especially if you workout later in the day, lack of sleep can make you lethargic by midday.
Nights when I didn’t rest enough I would try to eat more to give myself energy throughout the day.
Aside from getting enough sleep, having your gym bag or clothes ready saves time. You’re not scrambling around to figure out what you want to wear. If you have wireless headphones that need to be charged, then doubling checking that they’re in the charger. Any workout equipment you need for the next day.
Just as important as it is to have a nighttime routine a good morning routine is important as well. You don’t want to linger in the bed too long and get right to it.
I set my alarm clock for 4:30 am, and try to get up right away.
Sometimes I do linger, I mean I’m only human.
Once I’m up because my things are ready I can slip into my gym clothes, grab my bag and go.
The last thing is having a bomb playlist. Music can help get me in the mindset of preparing for the gym. The playlist I use on Spotify can be found here. Let’s get fit 💪🏾