My alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. so that I have enough time to exercise, eat breakfast, mess on my computer for awhile and then take a shower before leaving for work shortly before 8 a.m. I like to take my time in the morning as not to feel rushed. Most days, I complete the following….breakfast, computer, shower. Why? Because I typically slip back into bed or throw myself on the couch so that I can catch some more zzzzz’s. Most of the time, as I lay there, my mind races with things I need to do…like exercise…instead of actually sleeping like I really, really, really want to do – and sometimes NEED to do.
I do want to exercise in the morning – it usually makes me feel energized for the rest of the day. Once I get going, I actually really, really like it. I feel good. I feel great. I feel like I am making progress toward my goal of becoming healthy. But, as for how many times I do exercise is about half. There are just some days I can’t do it. My eyes won’t stay open, my body doesn’t move the way I want it to or some other stupid excuse I come up with.
If I don’t exercise in the morning, I typically tell myself, "That’s okay, I’ll do it tonight when I get home from work." And about half the time I follow through. I don’t mind exercising in the evening, but then I stay up too late because I am energized. I’m not sure what it is about the exercising. Like I said earlier, I do love – okay maybe strongly like – it when I get started and when I am done. But it’s the getting started part that sucks. It’s getting off my butt and moving.
So, I am curious. For those of you reading this, what gets you up and moving? What is your motivator? What kicks you in the behind and off the couch or out of bed? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.