If you were to wake up at 5am your first thought will most likely be: Go back to sleep! How tough would it be to change this to: Get up and workout? Is it even in the realm of possibility?
I can see you now tossing and turning trying to get back to sleep. Doing everything in your power to shut out the stream of thoughts that trickle into your mind. I can’t believe junior did so poorly on that test! Or, I need to get the kitchen sink fixed. All of the things that stress you subtly become prevalent and prevent you from falling back to sleep.
Somewhere in all of these random thoughts there is one little guy sitting in the corner waving his hand trying to get your attention. He is a different thought all together and his presence makes you snuggle deeper into your sheets in a vain attempt to ignore him. Sadly, he is persistent sitting there with a sheepish smile on his face and shrugging his shoulders like a cute little kid would. Although, he really isn’t that cute. In fact, he is quite annoying. So much so that soon you find yourself up out of bed and putting on your workout clothes. This pain in the butt thought is your body saying: You need to take care of me!
If you push yourself to get out of bed at 5am and workout you just might find yourself doing it again the next day. You may actually build a routine out of it. Your current routine of snarling at the alarm clock and tossing and turning isn’t helping you.
This morning I started my run at 5:25am. I saw the sun come up, deer frolic, healthy, happy energetic people smiling and saying good morning to each other. I could not think of a better way to start the day. Now, this happy memory will make it easier for me to build a healthy early morning routine. The next time you find yourself bear hugging your pillow hoping to get an extra twenty winks why not consider doing something positive. Get your arse out of bed and attack your stressful thoughts while you workout instead of while you hug the sheets. Trust me, you will be happy that you did!