Does that alarm clock situation look familiar to anyone who has ever tried waking up early to workout?
IT’S SO HARD!
I have always been so envious of those people who can wake up at 4:00 am, hit the gym, shower, get ready and show up to work at 7:30 am energized and ready to start the day. Seriously by 7:30 am these morning exercisers have already been more productive than most people will be in an entire day. #GOALS
I bring this subject up because for the past couple weeks my yoga instructor has been gone on vacation. I usually go to his yoga sculpt classes every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm which kind of pushes the rest of my weekly workouts to the evening as well. While he was gone Bryce and I decided we were going to try working out in the morning to get it over and make some time to actually do things after work.
You guys, IT WAS LIFE CHANGING!
I would come to work only focused on my job because I had already accomplished so much and loved coming home in the evening and relaxing or getting shit done like laundry and blogging.
Getting into the routine of working out in the morning is hard but I challenge any of you who feel like you have no time in your day to do the things you want to do to give it a try.
Since I’m no expert on this whole morning workout thing and have only really been doing it for a couple of weeks I had to ask my friend Shaniece over at Bloom for her tips on becoming a morning exerciser. She is that girl you see on Snapchat every morning at 5:00 am at the gym and her results show it! I have seen her undergo an incredible transformation over the past year from the girl who I could hardly get to walk with me at lunch to a woman inspired to not only to become the best version of herself but to empower everyone around her.
Shaniece’s passion and dedication to health and fitness truly inspires me and I hope you all enjoy reading about her journey and hearing her tips on how to become a morning exerciser!
Introduce yourself to the Live Lean Eat Green readers:
- Hi my name is Shaniece! I created a lifestyle platform to empower women to come into their own skin by sharing ideas and tips to help you become a better version of yourself. I blog about motivation to help you stay on track with your goals, fashion, fitness and everything in between that will inspire you to unleash your Inner Goddess.
What got you into fitness?
- At the beginning, I got into fitness because I wanted to look good and be in the best shape. I was also alarmed after learning that my mom was struggling with high blood pressure and that other health issues were prevalent in our family. From that day on, I decided to become more disciplined and decided to take action in regards to my health and fitness. Last year, I decided to become serious and more cautious of what I put in my mouth. Before I became a health freak, I consumed everything in sight because I love food. With guidance from my coach, I realized that I could have all my favorite foods but in moderation. Through my efforts of becoming a healthier me, I began to see amazing results in my health and fitness.
How early do you wake up to work out in the morning?
- I wake up every morning at 4:30 am to be at the gym by 5:00 am. I work out one body part each day for 45 minutes, along with a 15 minute session in the sauna. Lately I’ve been working out in the evening 3 days a week to help one of my clients get into shape because that’s the only time she’s available. It’s definitely been challenging because my body is used to getting up every morning and I find myself being less motivated towards the end of the day because all I want to do is go home to relax or create content for Bloom. In order for me to get into the zone to work out in the evening, I use Herbalife24 Prolong pre-workout to get me energized and help me with high-intensity or extended exercise.
What motivates you to get out of bed so early to workout day after day?
- One of main things that motivates me to get out of bed early in the morning is knowing my morning workout is going to set the tone for my day and help me be more productive throughout the whole day. Working out increases blood flow, which allows me to feel more alert and makes me feel good afterwards, while boosting my alertness, which is a plus because I need to mentally be prepared to go into work. It’s not always easy waking up early, but I always think about the end results of how good I’m going to feel afterwards.
What tips would you give to people who struggle with morning workouts?
- Set your alarm clock and when it goes off jump out of the bed right way. Refrain from hitting the snooze button. Getting out of bed is the hardest thing about working out in the morning, but after 2 weeks it will become a lot easier. Also, be sure to pack your gyn bag at night so you won’t forget anything and think about the end results and benefits of working out when you are fighting yourself to get out of bed.
What do you think are the 3 biggest benefits of working out in the morning:
- You’ll be less likely to skip your workout
- Your mood will improve
- Your metabolic rate will receive a quick boost: Morning workouts will help to boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories for the rest of the day.
You can follow Shaniece on her blog Bloom!
Are you a morning or evening exerciser?
What’s the hardest part about working out in the morning for you?
Any questions for Shaniece?