I am not a morning person. Seriously.
I workout at 6 am two to three days per week. Seriously.
Why? Let me explain.
My workouts are the most important part of my day. Sounds a bit selfish, I know. I am a firm believer that everyone should set aside time each day (or most days of the week) to do some type of physical activity. For me, that glorious time tends to be anywhere from 60 to 75 minutes of lifting weights, getting my heart rate elevated and most definitely breaking a sweat. On rest days, I may go swimming, take a yoga class or go for a walk.
While I am far from an introvert, I am typically very quiet in the early portion of the day. My mornings start out with me being reflective and establishing my intentions for the day. Thoughts like, “What do I want to accomplish today?” and “How can I fit in all of the things I want to do today?” run through my mind while I sip on coffee and portion out my vitamins.
So why would I voluntarily wake up early and workout at 6 am?
For starters, you may hear many business owners say they have a hard time fitting in time for themselves. Imagine that, a Trainer with no time to practice what she preaches (the horror)… although it happens way more than you think. It’s normal for us to want to provide service to our clients and be available… but what good is a service provider to a client that is completely tapped out? Not much good. So part of my motivation for working out early is that I KNOW I am taking care of what I could, should and must… AND I’m doing it early in my day so it won’t be hanging over my head later on.
Second, as I mentioned above, I like to set my intention for the day. Why not start things on a high note? My favorite time is when I’m training, so why not start the day there and keep that wonderful buzz going as long as possible? In many Yoga classes that I have taken over the years, at the end of class, we put our hands in prayer, bow our heads and say “Namaste”. We honor our practice. I really love this concept. My interpretation of it is that if the session on the mat was great and you felt like you made progress with a pose or flowing through poses, then that is amazing and you honor it. At the same time, you might have struggled with something and although you might not be particularly happy at the moment, you should still honor it because there is a lesson there. Either way, something good always comes out of the experience. When I finish my workout, I take a few moments to reflect and thank the Universe for allowing me the time, space and energy to do it.
Third, as a Trainer and Coach it is extremely important to set an example. Not only should one make the effort to look the part, but remember, your clients are looking to you for guidance and motivation. I know I have an obligation to set an example. I suffer through various aspects of my training too, just like my clients. There are plenty of things that challenge me, that make me want to puke, and that make me question why did I get out of bed that morning… but ultimately, the answer is always the same, “Because I love myself and I love this shit!”
I hate waking up super early…. but I do it. Because my own training is important to me. Do I expect everyone to do the same as me? Absolutely not… but a small amount of effort every single day will go a long way.
How will you honor your day?