I roll over, pull off my warm, comfy t-shirt and slip into leggings and a tank top.
Still with the lights off, I stumble my way to the bathroom, splash some water on my face and brush my teeth. With my hair pulled up, my (still) sleeping brain makes the decision - running shoes, or barefoot for yoga?
Now before you start labeling me a crazy person, let me explain. Working out wasn't always my thing. In fact, it was the opposite of my thing. Throughout college I was a coxswain for the rowing team (yes, that little person who yells "row"...plus about a million other things). This meant early mornings or late afternoons facilitating other people's workouts while sitting bundled up and squished into the bow deck - and after a three hour practice, I certainly didn't have time for my own exercise plan.
When I graduated, I started working a forty hour work week and found myself slipping back into the old "I don't have time!" excuse. Two showers a day seemed ridiculously time consuming, and anyone who has met me will attest to my level of bedhead in the morning- totally NSFW. So, instead, I would wake up, shower, and get dressed, go to work, come home, and then cook dinner in the evening while EJ got his workout in. Finally, I decided something needed to change, and thus began the morning workouts.
While I originally planned my schedule for the "one shower a day" benefit, I have found there to be other reasons why getting moving in the morning has been healthy and helpful. For starters, I am much more awake during the day, especially in the mornings when I get to work. Getting my blood moving and releasing those endorphins early has a positive effect on my mood and energy level. There is a sense of accomplishment knowing that you were productive before the sun came up!
As an added bonus, EJ decided to give mornings a try, as well. Now he's even more enthusiastic about it than I am! He keeps pushing the alarm time earlier and earlier...I may have to confiscate his iPhone soon. Overall, we now have more time together in the evening to sit, relax, and enjoy each other's company.
That being said, if you have a significant other, roommate, or friend who is willing to get up with you in the mornings, I highly suggest the support. Are there mornings that I want to shut off my alarm and sleep for an extra half hour? Absolutely. Working out is hard. Sleep is easy. But making the hard choice is easier when there is someone to hold you accountable.
So try it for a day, week, or month. Set the alarm back 30 minutes, stop making excuses for yourself, and get moving. It is possible to be your own kick in the butt...you'll thank yourself later.