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The 5am Workout for the Lazy, Excuse Makers like Me



I mean seriously, who REALLY wants to get up and work out in the morning?

Well there are some.

When I worked out religiously at 5am, there were people waiting in a line at the door 10-15 minutes before they opened.  They would sit on the curb and chat with each other.  I really don’t know what the ham sandwich they talked about, because I was still in the front seat trying to snatch a few more zzz’s.  It was just too early for all that.

A few months back, I talked about getting back to the gym after another long hiatus.  I also talked about firing my trainer.  All that coupled with the winter, I was the queen of L-A-Z-Y!

In the last few weeks, I have been slowly (emphasis on slow) getting back into the game. I know the key is getting up early and working out before work, but I am just so tired and sleepy…and my head hurts just thinking about it.

But I have to do it.

One, I just need to.  Secondly, I just pulled out my summer clothes and I’m pretty sure most of them don’t fit (just keeping it real).

With that being said, the focus of this post is not so much on what to do at the gym, but how to prepare for early and frequent workouts.


Where does the time go!

Now for the anal and super-organized people reading, this won’t be such a struggle for you. You know how to maneuver and create time.  You still might not get up, but I have every confidence the time WILL be scheduled.

But for those of you that are not organized, have a lot of responsibilities or have those crumb snatchers (your children) waiting for WHATEVER, this might not be so easy for you. You ain’t trying to hear NONE of this.

Oh, don’t let me forget about the middle, night shift or entrepreneurs (you think you’re slick).  You also need to start your day (whatever time it starts) with some exercise.

Now, I am not a morning person (and actually not a night person either; yes, issues galore), so this whole working out in the morning is not a sexy concept for me either.

However, after studying highly productive and successful people, the common denominator is that they FIND and MAKE time to do those things that will bring success. Additionally, highly productive and successful people value their time.  Time is that commodity that we cannot get back. That time has to be planned out.


 “One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.” – Unknown


At the end of the work day, the average person is like a roach when you turn the lights on; they want to get out of dodge.  They are tired, ready to go home, have a glass and sit and relax.  In a lot of cases, people have another job or overwhelmed with other tasks that require their personal attention.

The last thing they are thinking about is working out.

With that being said, for those of us that want to make working out a priority but have a ton of stuff to do, it needs to be done before going to work. Otherwise, you’ll get distracted and use that as another lame excuse.  The T.V. is one of the biggest culprits of stolen time.


Benefits for working out in the morning:

  • The obvious: You get it out-of-the-way!  You don’t have to go later in the day unless you choose to.
  • Get your energy back. I doesn’t make any sense to combat fatigue with working out and getting even more tired, but that’s how it works.  If you are consistent with that, the fatigue converts to bursts of energy.
  • A regulated metabolism. Once you get on a roll you will actually feel your metabolism burning. When you feel hungry, your body physically needs food.
  • You start your day fully alert energized.  Unless you are one of those chipper morning people, it usually takes at least an hour to get going at work. I usually have a little extra bounce and am a bit more hype than usual when I work out in the am.  This annoys the heck out of my students when I greet them in the morning (they say, you were at the gym today weren’t you?). You just can’t win with these guys…
  • Check out these articles for more info10 Reasons to Exercise in the Morning, Morning Exercise for Weight loss, and 6 Benefits of a Morning Exerciser


Preparation is the Key!

When you prep your meals for the day, it pretty much has to be done ahead of time.  When I am on my A-game, I usually cook up everything on a Saturday or Sunday.  I am one of those people who can eat the same thing for breakfast every day so it’s not a big deal.


Food for breakfast, snack(2), lunch for the week

For breakfast, I usually have steel-cut oatmeal, two slices of turkey bacon and a boiled egg.  This meal is at least 18 grams of protein, which is especially good if you are lifting weights.

Steel-cut oatmeal is much better for you because it is minimally processed and it holds better. I put it in small containers and put a layer of almond milk on the top.  When it is reheated it fresh as the day you made it.

The turkey bacon is in wrap-and-seal, two to a sleeve.

The second photo shows what would go in my lunch bag for the day: oatmeal, bacon, egg, a salad with grilled chicken or salmon, a cheese stick, a smoothie (made from scratch to cut down on processing and unnecessary sugar) and a bag of nuts.  There is also a bottle of water and a pack of Emergency.  I put everything (except the

Breakfast, snack (2) and lunch for the day

Breakfast, snack (2) and lunch for the day

water) in the bag the night before with freezer packs.  In the winter, I just put it in the car the night before.

For more details and specifics on weight loss and strategic eating, read my post The 45-day Detox is on. Eat a Biscuit for Me.

It seems like a lot of prep time, but once you get it down you can get it done fast while you are doing something else.  Then when the week comes you can just grab the items really quick and put them in the bag.

If you are prepared, it dramatically cuts down on snacking and eating something that will totally ruin your efforts for the day.

I frequently over-pack so if I don’t go straight home from work, I have some type of snack or meal to hold me over until I get home.


 “Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1.” – Unknown



I hope that you will consider working out in the morning (whatever time fits your schedule), whether it’s a few days a week or every day.  The benefits far outweigh the annoyance of getting out of your bed at some God-awful hour.

You can make that time, even those of you that have small children (yes, the excuses can stop now).  Check out my girl Stephanie at Team Fit Mommy and she will show you how it’s done.  Actually, you can join us on her “30 Day Plank Challenge” for the month of May (the ladies and the fellas).

For those of you that are still not convinced and just the thought of getting the gym to look through the window is a task in itself, the video below is just for you.




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What are your thoughts on this post?  What are workout tips or tricks do you have to share? Let discuss so make your comments below!


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