“I have no time to _______!” Fill in the blank. Yeah, we’ve all heard it before and we might have even used it. I know I have. Work, kids, family, friends, going out, grocery shopping, laundry and exercise. All these things take up time. Time is something we never get back. Time is money and time is work. We all want to make progress in life and one of the biggest hindrances I see in many people is a lack of consistency. Consistency is vital and key for progress and reaching our goals.
So, how on earth are we going to find time to put in consistent miles on your bike to get the most out of work week and our bodies? Wake up early and go before work.
Getting up at the crack of dawn is not on the top of my list of things to do but for my 9 to 5 schedule, it’s really the only way. After work, I start getting lazy and if I eat dinner. It’s over. No way, am I going to be exercising after dinner. When I want to vomit then that’s what I’ll do but for the meantime the whole pre work morning routine has been working for me and for my friends. Your bed is warm, your pillow is calling your name, it’s still dark outside, you’re tired and it’s cold! I hate the cold. Here’s a top 9 list of things to help inspire you to get up and get that worm.
1. Have a goal. Small or big. Write one down. Having a goal means having a purpose as to why you do the things you do. Justify your actions with your goals. I’ve turned into the biggest party pooper in my circle of friends because I always call the night early. Hey, I love sleep and I love feeling great before, during and after my morning ride or gym routine. Having a goal means you are setting priorities.
2. Don’t plan a huge workout! When we think of a bike ride or a work out, we think BIG. Always remember quality over quantity. Focus on doing your workout at 100% effort. A 30min quality workout is much better than a 2 hour louzy workout. Be mindful and focus.
3. A sense of accomplishment. This is a big one for me. After a ride, stretching or doing my home gym routine. I feel productive and one thing less to do throughout the day. A book that goes along the lines of this is called “Make your Bed, Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and maybe the world. It’s a great read. I recommend it.
4. Exercise is a mood lifter, spirit transformer, and attitude changer going forth throughout the day. It’s pretty easy to melt away your problems as you start working out. Exercise is known to be stress reliever. It’s a form of meditation, connecting with your source of passion. Long day ahead or had a shitty day? Go for a bike ride, run, a swim or stretch and see how you feel after. Guaranteed goodness.
5. You burn more calories throughout the day. If one of your goals is to lose some weight. Daily, consistent exercise increases your resting metabolic rate which means you burn more calories as you rest. Awesome.
6. Sunrise pictures and videos. Everyone has sunset pictures but when’s the last time you heard, “Hey, come check out this sunrise picture.” Yeah, probably never but you can. The mountains, the morning dew on plants, birds and the views look different in the mystic sunrise glow.
7. You learn a lot about yourself. For me, getting up at the crack of dawn is getting out of my comfort zone. 8 or 9am rides? No problem. 6 or 7am rides? Those are tough. You learn about clothes you may need, your breakfast routine, how much sleep you need to feel rested and figuring out your priorities in life.
8. Better sleep. For the better. You will start going to sleep earlier than before since now you need quality sleep to feel good in the morning. Knowing that you have to get up at 6am means that you have a goal in mind. Goals are only accomplished by small goals. Those small goals may include, getting your gear ready the night before, drinking plenty of water, going to sleep early and having a big goal to reach.
9. Last but never least. Your bike and your exercise will put a smile on your face! Just think about it. There are a lot of things that happen throughout the day but not a lot of stuff can change your mood as easy as a daily exercise routine. Yes, it’s not going to be easy. Yes, you will suffer but getting in shape is fun and once you see improvement, it gets addicting. You’ll also be less tired and can go farther in your local group ride.
I hope these things helped inspire you. If not, what things inspire you?