How to Become A Morning Workout Person

I am NOT a morning person. I have no problem staying up until 4am and then sleeping until noon but on the days where I plan to workout in the morning, I have no problem going to bed early and waking up bright and early to the annoying sound of my alarm.

How to Become A Morning Workout Person Honestly, I do it because exercise is my priority and on the days where I know I won’t have time to workout in the afternoon, that is enough motivation for me to get up early in the morning. If you don’t have that mindset, here are some tips on how to become a morning workout person:

  1. Get EVERYTHING ready the night before. Clothing, socks, hair tie, deodorant, sportswatch, heartrate strap, sunscreen, bug spray, waterbottle, mug and coffee supplies, bars/gels/snacks… EVERYTHING.
  2. Remind yourself: I never regret a morning workout. That is the first thing I say to myself once my alarm rings. Works like a charm everytime.
  3. Hydrate yourself well the night before.
  4. Force yourself to sleep early. If you are a nightowl, try sleeping an hour or so earlier everynight until you get to bed at a reasonable time.
  5. Don’t snooze the alarm.
  6. Eat a light snack. Forget about working out on an empty stomach because your body needs carbs to function and if you are going to wake up in that ungodly hour to exercise, you better make it count— which means make it intense. Eat a granola bar, banana, apple or something to give you the energy and trust me, it makes a huge difference on your energy levels. Only Cardio Queens exercise on an empty stomach because you don’t need that much energy doing pointless steady-state cardio. Cardio Queen-ness is out!
  7. Make yourself accountable. Post on social media that you are going for a morning workout. Even if no one reads it or cares, you will most likely keep to your word because you put it out there already.
  8. Find a friend who is willing to suffer with you. If you have a date with someone, you most likely wouldn’t sell them out.
  9. PLAN PLAN PLAN. Write down your workout the night before so you know exactly what you’re doing and not waste any time.
  10. Take it slow. Start with morning workouts once a week and then gradually increase.
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    Gradual Weightloss: Best Way to Keep It Off

    I started my journey almost 4 years ago when I was trying to lose weight. It took me months because I did my research and came up with a plan to lose about 1-1.5lb per week and to this day, I am easily keeping it off. Losing weight maybe easy but keeping it off is where most of your effort will go and it is proven that those who lose weight gradually (1-2lbs/week) are more successful in keeping it off.

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    Here is why gradual weight loss works the best

    1. You are cementing healthy habits.

      Habits take time to form and if you slowly restrict unhealthy foods and incorporate exercise to your lifestyle, the higher the chance you will have to sticking to it.

      Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. – Mark Twain

    2. You give yourself time to learn about proper diet and exercise.

      By slowly changing your diet and increasing exercise, you will go through a process of self-discovery and find out what works the best for you. You’ll be more aware about food, calories and the effects it has on your body since everyone is different so not one “diet” is right for everyone. You will discover the most efficient way to exercise and if you did your research, you would lift heavier weights than be a cardio queen.

    3. You aren’t restricting yourself.

      Crash diets are restrictive and a sign of failure because although you may lose all that weight quickly but you won’t be able to maintain it. Everyone has a threshold and you won’t be able to resist your willpower forever. It’s much easier to incorporate a healthy and balanced diet than a deprivation-type diet.

    4. Helps maintain muscle tissue.

      Muscles are precious because they increase metabolism so you want to maintain as much of it as possible and not overdo your cardio— or you will just burn all it all off especially if you’re not eating enough. That way you can sit on the couch after a long day and still be burning calories. Now THAT is the life.

    5. It is healthy, safe and easily maintainable.

      By gradually losing weight, you won’t be starving yourself, over-training and just driving yourself towards exhaustion mentally and physically. Gradual weight loss is the best way to lose and keep off weight!

      The first and the best victory is to conquer self. – Plato

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      Mental Toughness: It Will End

      When you exercise, you should be constantly pushing yourself to develop mental toughness because overcoming it will help you prepare you for any surprises life may suddenly throw at you. Mental toughness is the ability to cope with difficult situations and is not just limited to exercise but also the ability to rise from harsh situations such as poverty or child abuse. I can’t think of one word to describe mental toughness but it is variety of factors including pain tolerance, attitude, discipline… a state of mind.

      Here is a great quote I found on Wikipedia:

      Mental Toughness is all about improving your mind so that it’s always on your side; not sometimes helping you nor working against you as we all know it’s quite capable of doing.

      Tough workouts develop mental toughness because your body needs pain to know pain and to be able to push past the pain. Our bodies are made for survival and the more we push it, the more we will adapt. To me, exercise is 20% physical and 80% mental. How long you will last depends on how much pain you can handle. How much pain you can handle depends on your mental toughness.

      Last weekend when I was climbing Mount Baker, I went through one of the biggest wars against my brain and I almost lost. I don’t think I’ve ever told my brain to “shut the fuck up” as many times as I did during that ride. I take pride in saying that when I usually go into hard workouts, I’ve always had the “let’s do this” mentality but for the first time ever (okay, well since I started this journey 4 years ago), as soon as we got to the base of Mount Baker, it already seemed impossible. I felt despair, hopelessness and just plain tired.

      But guess what? I ended up making it to the top. My physical ability was not the issue but my mind was just not into it. When I got into the groove, I was easily spinning up but whenever any negative thought popped into my head (eg. “omigod. this climb is never going to end”), my performance was always effected— and it did constantly. I remember some of the past climbs I’ve done like up to Cypress or Seymour, I never doubted my ability and rarely did a negative thought cross my mind. Those climbs were enjoyable— no doubt, hard but enjoyable.

      Our bodies react to how we think and if we can train our mindset to know how to push past the pain, we can achieve anything. One thing that helped me finish the Mount Baker climb was knowing and reminding myself that it will end which brings me back to this quote that has helped me countless times:

      Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

      So next time you are in so much pain you want to curl up and cry, just remind yourself that…

      IT WILL END.

      Last Stretch on Mt. Baker | Artist Point

      This is me just a couple hundred meters to the top of Mt. Baker. A couple kilometers back, I was dying and almost gave up but I somehow mustered up enough energy to sprint to the top after the last switchback. I remember what was going through my mind at this exact moment: “the end is finally here!!”

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