I don’t need to be the one to tell you that the mornings are pretty dark these days, for anyone who has to wake up earlier than 8:30 – yes, that rules out any students (don’t lie – you don’t go to 9am lectures) – you will know just how long it takes the heating to fully kick in and that unless you physically turn on a light, you could sleep for an eternity. During these dark days it’s somewhat impossible to think about leaving the warm confines of your bed to tread down the baron streets where spindly trees cast shadows that look like people and to make your way down to the gym, why do it? Everyone else in the flat is certainly not thinking about it and plus the extra 30 minutes dozing could transform your day. WRONG.
I am an early morning weekday enthusiast, from the time of 6:45-8:30 – these hours are my workout hours. I have routinely been setting my alarm in order to account for long runs, spin and circuit classes and I am telling you, it’s not easy but you can rock up at your office at 9am and look all fresh and showered and smug that you’ve already ticked off a task off the ‘to do’ list. The early morning run used to be something I did as a stress-relief before an exam when I sat my GCSEs, after I did well at my GCSEs I started to become slightly superstitious and made sure I ran before every exam thereafter. Every exam I sat there awake, alert and confident and my exams came back with the exact results I was after.
I had genuinely simmered the ‘guess what I’ve already done this morning’ line, quite frankly, no-one really cares and I even stopped caring for repeating my own exercise routine. And then I saw this video about why, if you aim to get up early in the morning, you should be able to. A personal goal in the evening should still exist in the morning. Ofcourse, there’s some lovely cheesy one liners that we will no doubt see on exercise memes shortly but if you’re short of a bit of motivation, then I recommend checking it out.