What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

Lately I have had a few people ask me how I am able to get up at 4:15 am every morning to complete my workout(s).  I realize getting up early is difficult for most people and I would agree…it can be very difficult if you don’t plan accordingly.  I would pose a similar question to those that are not early risers…How can you possibly stay up until 10 pm???  😉

Because I get up at 4:15 am, I am always in bed no later than 9 pm; however, staying up that late is a very rare instance.  I typically go to bed at about 8 pm, read for a few minutes and shut out the light.  Going to bed early enough to get a good night’s sleep is critical if you want to be an early riser.  I make sure that I get 7 hours of sleep minimum, but most nights it is much closer to a solid 8 hours.

What motivates me to get up in the morning and get my workout done before most people even consider getting out of bed?

  1. I prefer to get out of bed in the morning and complete my workouts before my brain can kick in and tell my body to procrastinate.  I feel so much better throughout the day knowing my workout (or at least one of them) is done.
  2. Exercising in the morning is a great way to boost my energy and mood going into the day ahead.  I am more focused and alert throughout the day and generally much happier. 🙂
  3. I am motivated by my goal of having a much better race at IMWI 2014 than I had in 2011.   Don't quit
  4. I have other people coming to our house to ride bikes 3 mornings a week…I have to get up and moving when others are “counting” on me.
  5. When my alarm clock lights up (instead of an annoying buzzing noise or a radio) I immediately put my feet to the floor.  Once my feet are on the floor, I start moving and don’t let my head fall back to the pillow.
  6. I think about what I want most, instead of what I want now. 🙂
  7. The Iron Hippie keeps the same schedule, so it is easier to get out of bed early when your spouse is too.
  8. I have a Training Peaks account and I HATE to see my workout show up as red…not completed.
  9. If I complete my scheduled workout, I earn a $1…that is motivation to complete all my workouts 😉
  10. I commit to a morning workout the night before, set out my workout attire, get all of my hydration ready the night before, so there are no excuses in the morning.

am workout

Getting into the habit of waking up early is a bit challenging, but after the first week, my body settled in and decided this was the new normal.  To make waking up early a habit, you need to make a decision that this IS what you want to do, make adjustments to your schedule so you can get the necessary sleep and then force yourself to put your feet on the floor and get moving when the alarm clock goes off.  It will get easier…you just have to be stronger than the person telling you to hit the snooze button.  Waking up at 4:15 am has officially become a habit in our household.  Even on the weekends I find myself waking up on my own (without the alarm clock) at about 4 am.

When do you prefer to complete your workouts?


Week #6 (Base Training) Totals:

Swim: 5100 yards

Bike: 67.3 miles

Run: 16.7 miles

Strength Training: 2 hours & 15 minutes

Hot Yoga: 2 hours & 30 minutes

Week #6 in the green 😉

12 thoughts on “What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

  1. I am the same way. I get up 3:30 – 4:00 every morning during the week. I’m in bed by 6:00 – 7:00 to watch TV and chill. The only difference is I get to work at 5:30 so that I can leave and run in the afternoon. Like you said, it is all about habit. I’m a morning person by choice, not by desire. Anyway, great post and congrats on the discipline!

  2. I start my workout at 2:45. Getting up is the hardest thing I do (except for my ab work). I do this 4 days a week. I swim on SAturdays so I don’t have to get up until 6:25. I take Thursdays and Sundays off. I really needed to read your post, Kecia, as I’ve been struggling with motivation. Thank you!

  3. I’m definitely an am exerciser too – partly because I like to get it done, up also because it gives me time to clear my mind before the day starts!

  4. I’m a ridiculously early riser, between 3 & 4 am. I drink a couple of cups of coffee, take in some news, shower and I’m out the door to the office long before the sun peaks over the horizon (usually by 5:30/6 am). I’m in construction so our days start early and I hit my workouts in the late afternoon unless we’re talking about winter – I ride the trainer in my office through lunch. Becoming an early riser took a lot of getting used to, almost six months, but I’ve been doing it for over 15 years and I love knowing that I am the early bird. Great post Kecia.

  5. While I LOVE training bright and early – and do most days – I cannot for the life of me get to bed before 10p! Two-a-days, late dinner and everything else on my to-do list usually push bedtime to 10:30p. I need to take your lead and start going to sleep earlier… I know how beneficial it is! Great week! You’re setting yourself up for an awesome IMWI! 🙂

    1. Thanks Erin!! I do know how difficult it can be to get to bed early enough to have an early morning wake up. Because I have to be to work at 7:00 and the Iron Hippie by 7:30, we have to get up early if we are going to get a workout in before work. This morning was hard to put my feet on the floor, but it will be worth it in a couple of hours 🙂

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