So since I’ve started working as a full-time personal trainer, schedule is kinda out of whack. A ‘normal’ day for me consists of waking up at 4:45 AM, working from 6:00 AM to around noon, and then going back to train more people from 4:00 to 9:00 PM. IF I’m lucky, I’ll squeeze a Netflix episode or maybe even a nap.
I’m a legitimate insane person.
This is very normal for personal trainers, though, because we have to work around everyone else’s work schedules, so we work before and after everyone else does. As a result, I
decided to was forced into becoming a morning person. Considering a wake up around 4:45 every morning, it’s probably a good idea to adapt, don’t you think?
And I’m not one of those people who can just like wake up and go, I need my time to eat & organize my day & relax. I seriously hate starting my day when I’m stressed. So here are the main habits I started implementing into my morning routine that helped me not want to strangle someone every time my alarm went off.
COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE
Every morning, I’d stop by Coffee Bean on my way to work. Even though I’m not a huge coffee drinker now, it was my saving grace when I started waking up so early. It was the only thing that would make me present enough to train people with an ACTUAL happy face on. No one wants a grumpy trainer, so being happy & supportive is key. Caffeine gave me that extra boost in the morning before my actual energy kicked in.
PUT YOUR ALARM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM
I plug my phone in on the other side of the room for two reasons. 1) So I don’t mindlessly stare at my phone and browse Facebook or Instagram (shameless plug, UGH) all night instead of sleeping and 2) so that I actually have to get up out of bed to turn it off. For some reason once I’m up & out of bed, I have less of a desire to get back in bed and fall back to sleep.
Give yourself a pep-talk. I’m dead serious. My parents told me that every morning when they wake up, they look at each other and say “Best day ever!!” before they even get out of bed. First of all, HOW CUTE?! And second of all, it’s actually a really good idea.
So I decided to try it out, and start saying little words of encouragement to myself as I woke up. And let me tell you, it really changes your mindset when you finally decide to get out of bed, so much so that I might just need to do a full post on how freaking AWESOME saying nice things to yourself really is. I don’t think we as humans do it enough.
I know you’re probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day blah blah blahhh. Well, it’s SO true. Eating anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour after waking up significantly boosts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories throughout the day. Also, calories are what give you energy (especially carbohydrates) so eating a meal early in the day will assist in raising your energy levels faster. Plus, who doesn’t love breakfast?! Literally my favorite meal. I go to bed early sometimes because sleep is like a time machine to breakfast the next day. HA.
GIVE YOURSELF SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
Clearly I look forward to breakfast so I got that covered, LOLz. But seriously, when you’re excited about waking up for something it makes it that much easier. Schedule a group fitness class early in the morning if that’s your thing or maybe even just watch your favorite pre-recorded show that morning rather than the night before. Even just waking up to some good music can be something to look forward to. Set your alarm to your favorite song & you might even wake up singing along…who even knows!
I’ve woken up early before just to watch an episode of Scandal because I forgot to the night before. Pathetic. But hey, it works for me. I’m gonna get all sappy here and say that I genuinely enjoy waking up to go help people feel good about themselves everyday. SUCH a good feeling.
MAKE SURE YOU’RE GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP
It’s super important to get AT LEAST 7 hours of sleep. I’ve mentioned before that I become a monster of a human being when I don’t get enough rest. It’s not pretty. So the priority should be to be getting enough sleep. If that means going to sleep an hour-ish earlier than you normally do, I HIGHLY recommend making that happen. Lately, the only times I’m not a ‘morning person’ is when I don’t get enough sleep. Then the claws come out.
Hopefully, your day-to-day schedule is less insane than mine (if it’s not, I totally feel your pain), but no matter your daily itinerary, I think everyone can benefit from being a happier morning person. Wanting to strangle people is a big NO.
Try these tips (or even make up your own) and you’ll thank me later, trust me.
What does your morning routine look like? How do you wake up in a good mood?
Gimme some more ideas!