When asked my secret for finding time in my busy schedule to work out, my answer is always: learn to love 6 a.m.
After nearly two years of consistent morning workouts, I’m now focused on the love of 6am. Trust me, in the beginning, I thought getting up early for a workout was crazy. I thought I’d rather find time after work or squeeze in 45 minutes at lunch. I rationalized that getting out of bed early meant I’d be tired the rest of the day–all the more reason to sleep through my workout.
It took a long time to acclimate to 6 a.m., but now I wouldn’t do it any other way. The great results I’ve seen with muscle strength and tone motivate me to stick with a time that allows for three well-spaced gym sessions per week: Tuesday, Thursday, and then Saturday or Sunday. The physical and mental distractions of work, dinnertime, and evening commitments just aren’t there at 6a.m. It’s a time and a schedule that I know I can and will commit to.
And along the way, I’ve met more than a few acquaintances that I smile and wave to with my eyes half open at the gym. The early birds are a friendly and regular bunch. I’ve experienced the most satisfying accomplishment of my day prior to 7 a.m.: my first pull-up. And now that my body has adjusted to the schedule, I start my day with a higher energy level than on Mondays or Fridays, when my snooze button addiction still prospers.