6 Tips to Get Out the Door for an Early Morning Workout

Screen Shot 2013-11-25 at 2.51.03 PMI’ve always been an early morning workout girl, at least as long as I’ve been working out consistently. I think it’s because if I get in the habit of doing it first thing in the morning, then I don’t run into the excuses that happen as the day continues on. You know the ones I’m talking about – I’m too tired, I have too much to do, I’ll do it after this, no after that, etc. Getting it done early sets you up for a great day ahead. Plus if something does come up first thing in the morning and you can’t get in your workout, you do still have the rest of the day to try and make it happen (but like I said, I try to avoid that and just get it done).


Obviously some days working out in the morning just isn’t an option. I’ve been there, I get it. You work at 5 or 6am and the gym isn’t open yet or isn’t open early enough for you to workout, shower and get to work on time. That’s when I started pushing back my workouts to when I got off or during my lunch breaks (depending where I was working at the time) but I took the same approach to my workouts during that hour. So here’s a few of my tips to get in that early morning workout:

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What are your tips to get out the door for an early morning workout?

Am I missing anything on my list?

13 thoughts on “6 Tips to Get Out the Door for an Early Morning Workout

    1. admin Post author

      That’s one of my favorite things to do. I have a roommate so that doesn’t work as well these days especially since I don’t like her coffee but if I know i’ll be up before her, I’ll totally prep my coffee!

  1. Alyssa

    I’m the same way about coming up with excuses as the day goes on. I just have to give myself some tough love when that alarm goes off. Things I can’t repeat here because there are too many expletives. It’s harsh but it works for me like 70% of the time.

  2. Captain Competition

    A few months ago I was playing hockey at 6am before work. It was critical that I had everything packed and ready (#2). I would go straight from the rink to work so in addition to workout gear I had to have work stuff (lunch, work clothes…) and shower stuff (razor, shampoo, toothbrush…) ready the night before. Forgot some stuff some of the mornings, that gets embarrassing depending on the item.

    1. admin Post author

      Oh man, I’ve definitely been there! You never want that day when you get out of the shower only to remember there’s no clean underwear… 😉

    1. admin Post author

      Exactly! We can plan, plan, plan but if we don’t leave ourselves even a LITTLE bit of flexibility, we’re not setting ourselves up for success. Coming from one of the biggest Type As out there, that has been a HUGE lesson! 😉

  3. calee

    great tips, and NICE GRAPHICS. 🙂

    I’m a fan of actually WEARING clothes to bed (if you can get away with it), and putting your shoes right next to your bed.

    Also, enlisting a buddy (i.e. my dog) to poke and prod at me when my alarm goes off is quite helpful.

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