I love training in the morning, especially on Saturday morning. I love waking up late, training and then go to brunch. But on the other 6 days of the week is not possible for me to stick to this 10 hours sleep routine. For how much I’d rather train in the evening, sometimes it is not possible to… and here we come to the famous battle between snoozing (if not staying in bed) and getting up early and kick the day.
Every time my CrossFit alarm rings, the first thought that comes to my mind is: You are crazy. Go back to bed. Sleep comes before everything. And you’ll never know the outcome, but there are a few little things you can do that make the difference and at least, raise the percentage of yeah I’m going to a more substantial 70%.
1. Get everything ready the night before
I pack my gym bag, lay out the outfit, prepare the shaker with protein powder, the coffee into the Moka, etc., etc. That really makes the difference.
2. Have everything within arm’s reach
Of course, not the alarm, otherwise you would just turn it off. I need to have some water, vitamins if I am taking some, a bra, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt because we are talking about leaving a warm, cozy bed.
3. Prepare breakfast
If I train early morning, I make sure I have a nutritious breakfast to power me through the day. If I plan to go back home before university/study/work I leave it in the fridge – usually hard-boiled eggs and a banana, or overnight oats (about 40g oats, 200ml almond milk, 20g protein powder)- and eat it after I have showered, either cold or warmed up in the microwave.
But if you have a car, you can also prep all the above in the car and be ready to kick off the day with the right foot.
4. Never go alone.
One way to keep yourself accountable is to find a crew, whether that mean the people you go to CrossFit with or a running mate, I believe other people’s support is very helpful in preventing you from skipping the session.
5. Sleep in when needed
This might sound weird, but if I wake up, let’s say at 6 every single morning and hit the gym before the day begins, I reward myself with a sleep-in on Sunday morning for instance. My body will recover, and I will be ready to go back into the routine on Monday.
Now your turn… I shared with you my best tricks, what are yours?
Have A Safe Journey!