When I found my love for working out again postpartum, I was in my element. The challenge was getting back into a routine of early morning workouts. However, I had to remind myself what my reason was for starting the journey and to stay with the course – no matter what. I had three reasons for starting a healthy living lifestyle:
Renew my physique
Refresh my mind, my thoughts
Realign my physical being with my spiritual core strength
It isn’t easy to begin a new lifestyle or change an existing one. For anyone looking to start, struggling to stay committed to the course, know that you aren’t alone. I have so many tips that can help you on your healthy living lifestyle which over time I hope to share. Today, I want to cover the 5 tips that helped me stick to an early…extremely early morning workout; I hope it helps you too.
Before #1, always start your day with God. I make sure I read His word, pray around my house, and make a journal entry…basically some quiet time, first, before starting my daily routine.
Set a simple goal! This sounds simple but often times people find it very difficult to
Layout your workout clothes the night before. This action prepares you mentally to wake up and go smash your workout. I must admit, being prepared is really
Plan your workout the night before. This action is also key. You don’t want to wander into the gym, park, home gym with no plan! Have a notebook, use your phone
Set multiple alarms on your phone. Gosh…that tiny computer can take as many alarms as you can set them…use that device. If you set only one alarm for all the activities
Charge your gadgets .i.e. your iPod, phone, fitness wearables etc. Can you imagine waking up bright and early, ready to workout and you realize oops my phone is almost dead, or my iPod battery is dead or battery life on my fitbit is really low. Yeah…that workout wouldn’t be fun especially with no music and whole lot of gym chatter in your ears. So before you slide into bed, make sure all your favorite gadgets are plugged up and charged up. And if you can have an extra in your car just in case…my car charger has definitely come in very handy on occasion.
I share these tips because while we are all busy women, busy moms, busy professional women, busy making moves, we need to take care of our health. Check nutrition, check physical activity, check hydration levels. All these tips have one thing in common – preparation. If you fail to plan then you are planning to fail! Take baby steps, small steps, stick with the journey, remember why you started and never give-up. So change into your workout gear, grab your gadgets, grab your gym bag of workout supplies (gloves, notepad, tape, towel, headphones etc), grab your water bottle, grab your car keys/house keys and go slay that workout ladies.