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Monday, 21 November 2016

Tips For Getting To The Gym Before Work

I posted a couple of weeks ago about the reasons I'm loving being a member of a gym again, and spoke about how I've kind of got into the habit of going before work. Now I don't start work til 9am, and I have the luxury of working literally three minutes' drive from the gym, but even so I'm pretty amazed that I've been managing this, given that I'm totally not a morning person! I've found that to get a proper workout in, I need to be in the gym by 7.10, which gives me 45-50 minutes before I need to head off to shower and get changed. This post was totally inspired by Charlotte's brilliant 'How to become a morning exerciser' post, and I definitely suggest checking her tips out, too!
Tips for getting to the gym before work
[Photo credit: Ivory Mix. Edited by me.]
Get everything ready the night before.
I know this is obvious! Really, I do. However, it's also key, so we're gonna talk about it. If you're gonna need it in the morning, get it ready the night before. I try to have gym kit ready to put on as soon as I get up, my gym bag ready with clothes for work, my make-up bag, and things for a shower... Breakfast (I just take some granola in a little tupperware tub and a yoghurt - easy peasy!), lunch, and anything I need for work, all ready to just grab and go. Especially if you're not a morning person, this makes all the difference!
Give yourself plenty of time.
This took a little perfecting for me - it's about 20 minutes drive to the gym, so I try to leave by 6.45, so my alarm is set for 6.30. (I actually have two alarms; one on my phone, and one horrible obnoxious old-school alarm clock which I keep on the other side of the room - then I have to get out of bed to switch it off!) This gives me 15 mintues to get dressed, have a quick wash and brush my teeth, and grab my lunch from the fridge - I've found anything less than that is just too much of a rush, and I end up forgetting something important like my lunch.
Plan ahead.
I'm definitely still on Autopilot by the time I get to the gym, so I like to know what I'm going to be doing so I can get started without having to think about it - whether it's swimming, cardio on the cross-trainer or bike, or weights... Having a plan means I can just crack on without having to make early-morning decision, because they're just the worst.
Get an early night.
Another obvious one... I'm still working on this! I'm just not very good at it, especially when I feel like I'm missing out on a fun evening - I'd far rather do the pub quiz or go to the cinema than have an early night. Even when I'm not doing anything, I often find myself reading, or drafting blog posts, or trying to make my way through my Bloglovin' feed... But I'm trying to get better at this, and I'm trying to implement an 11pm rule, so I'm getting at least 7.5 hours. I find I sleep far better when I'm exercising regularly, so I can get away with a bit less sleep - plus an early morning workout does wonders to wake me up!
Think about why it's important to you.
Like anything in life, it's easier to get up early and drag yourself to the gym when you know why you're doing it! Maybe it means you can spend evenings with your partner? Maybe it's the only way you can fit in training for a race? Maybe you just want a challenge? Whatever it is, I really do think you need to have a reason to drag yourself out of bed and out into the cold in the depths of winter - you need to be doing it for you, and because at some level you want to do it.
Early Gym Sunrise
I honestly never thought that I'd be the sort of person that goes to the gym before work, but I've actually found that it's a routine that really works for me; I've tried going after work a few times, for example when I'm working away and simply don't have time to go in the morning, but it's so much busier - plus I find it way harder when I'm tired and hungry. I actually enjoy it more in the morning! If you're not sure, I'd suggest commiting to a two-week trial of early-morning workouts and seeing how you feel afterwards - you might just surprise yourself!
When do you like to work out? Do you have any early-morning workout tips to share?



  1. Well done on setting a good focus in the morning. I had to train for a race a few weeks ago and the only way I could get up for a run is by prelping the week before. Very good advice!

  2. I have respect for all that do this! With a toddler at home, it isnt doable for me, but I'd love to!

  3. Such great tips! I wouldn't be able to because I have to take Jack to school but its something I will be considering after baby is born

  4. These are great tips, I just need the motivation to join the gym in the first place! haha! xo


  5. I used to love going to the gym before work but I totally got out of the habit of doing it so definitely need to try some of these tips and see if I can get there again x

  6. Good for you hun! These are great tips - I'm terrible at making time for exercise!

  7. I know so many people who do this, but I live miles away from the nearest gym and work from home, so a dvd workout may well be the way to go for me.

  8. I'm pretty good at planning ahead but fail at the getting to bed early. I try and do my workouts in the day as my work isn't at set hours it's more my own hours thankfully.

  9. I'm the worst at planning even when I plan :D I always forget something x

    Pink Frenzy

  10. I really struggle with early mornings and gym before work sounds impossible for me.

  11. I really want to start squeezing in a short yoga session before work this year, so I'll definitely take these into consideration x



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