How To Learn To Love Early Mornings

9 August 2016

Today's Post is a guest post from Beachfit Trainer Nikki, and is the dose of motivation you need to get up and achieve your goals.

You can find Nikki over on Instagram here.

As a Trainer I’ve had to learn to adapt to my 4:45am. Over time I have honed the practice and learned to embrace the solitude and opportunities watching the sunrise brings.

It takes dedication and practice, but trust me it’s worth it every single time…

MAKE AN COMMITMENT  TO YOURSELF BEFORE YOU GO TO BED.

If you know you’re training the following morning, make it a mental priority and acknowledgement before you go to bed. That way you already know your plan of action for the morning.

GET READY

Leave out your workout clothes, drink bottle and towel have them on hand so you see them as soon as you wake up. This gives a visual representation of how you are starting your day, and reinforces your prior commitment to yourself.

If you head straight to work after your session pack that bag too or leave out your outfit so you are good to go as soon as you come home.

GET TO BED EARLY 

I used to work night shift so I understand there is an adjustment period when you need to get up early.

If you are used to having late nights whether it's due to social activities or work it’s understandable you just want to chill and sleep in the next morning, but remember why you made this investment in yourself in the first place.

If this is you I want you to try the following for one week: go to bed ten minutes earlier each night. Just 10 minutes. By the end of that week BOOM you've gained yourself an extra hour of glorious sleep

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. – Benjamin Franklin

PREPARE 

Prepare your meals. A couple of hours on the weekend will save you time during the week when other priorities take over, and stop you reaching for the takeaway menu.

I personally don't have a set work finish time as I'm sure is the case for a lot of you as well, so by the time I get home I feel I just don't have time to concoct marvellous recipes nor do I want to spend my downtime in the kitchen, (most days I'm home between 7:30-9pm and need to be in bed by 10pm for my am wake up call)

Knowing that there are prepared meals - (My regular go to’s being salad in a jar or now that it’s getting colder, food that can be easily heated up: a batch of warm soup or slow cooker pot that was done on weekend or leftover quinoa and veggies.)

I always have at least four go to breakfasts and dinners in the fridge. It saves so much time to either relax or get other stuff done in the evening.

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LISTEN TO YOUR INNER CHEERLEADER

We spend a lot of time listening to the negative voice inside our head, well its time to find her opposition. I like to envision them as my inner cheerleader and my inner emo.

My cheerleader is always positive, reminding me of how awesome I feel after moving my body, and taking control of my day, it’s never something I regret.

My emo is on the dark side, she wants the snooze button, wants to stay under the doona, finds aches and pains and sniffles that may or may not necessarily be there.

We start every day with choices and these choices set us up with our intention for the rest of the day. Surrounding yourself with people who share the same goal, and offer support and a community can be a great incentive to get out of bed in the morning.

This is the time you need to remember your Tip 1! You made an commitment to yourself.

Remember your goals, and WHY they are important to you. If it helps pop them down somewhere, to help reinforce them on a daily basis.

Remember the hardest part of your workout is getting out of bed…Let your inner cheerleaders prevail.

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