Before the Sun Rises
Sometimes it sucks, who am I kidding, it always sucks.
Getting out of bed while the family is still fast asleep….some days I want to crawl back under the covers. But alas, with my gym bag over my shoulder, I am off to the gym and the only one on the road.
Over the past 6 months I have found that hitting the pool, gym, or path for an early morning workout has given me the free time to spend with my family during the afternoon and evenings.
It isn’t always easy, I do it 5 days a week, here is how I have been able to successfully do it.
1 Sleep In – When you can, turn off the alarm clock. For the chance to grab an extra hour or two, I would trade the world and typically sleep into 0700 on rest days.
2 Set a Schedule – Discuss with your wife about your plans, and set a ‘bed time’. Sleep is important for life, and more important when training. 8 hours is recommended, but I routinely operate with 6-7 hours. I try to catch up on rest days (see point 1).
3 Fuel Properly – Ensure that you have some calories prior to your workout. I snack on a handful of almonds and a piece of fruit on the drive to the gym. If you aren’t Paleo, a breakfast wrap with eggs and vegetables would work just as well.
4 Hydrate – Bring a water bottle with you. This is a mistake I made for a couple of months. Once I added 7-10 oz of water, my performance increased during my morning bike and run sessions.
5 Stretch – Before and after a workout, I don’t have to tell you how important it is. But when trying to squeeze a 2 hour workout into 2 hours, something has to give, and for me, it was the post stretch. After a couple of trips to the physio for ‘shin splints’, I found a way to get the stretch in.
So hit snooze once at 0500, get out of bed, and hit the gym early.
Question: Early morning works for me, is there any other time that works for you?