The Secret Tool

Michelle Obama does it. Anna Wintour does it. Rachel McAdams does it.

No, it’s not some elusive celebrity fad but simply waking up before the majority of the rest of the world does to get your exercise fix.

Whilst it may sound horrific at first, altering your routine to exercise before you go to work means that you are raring to go come 9am, from that boost of endorphins that are released when you are getting your sweat on.

Personally I’m an early bird and not a night owl, so it may not work for everyone but one reason I like to fit in my gym session before the humdrum of 9-5 begins is because it means that come the evening, I can focus on my spare time and the evenings seem a lot longer than if I were to cram everything in post 5.30pm.

Let’s face it, by the time you get home from work it can easily be 6pm. Then preparing and eating dinner can bring you to 7/7.30pm. Oh and then there’s the tidying/washing up and the final slump on the sofa come 8pm. Fitting my work out into the evening? Not always possible unless I want to have zero time to unwind after a day at the office.

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The early bird catches the worm

Rolling out of bed at 6am is not a walk in the park. If you want to try and exercise in the mornings then you need to be organised:

  1. Breakfast prepared the night before. Oats with yoghurt and topped with frozen fruit is my go to breakfast on morning gym days. Just find a small container, fill it with the cheapest oats you can find, top it with some yoghurt and finish it with frozen fruit. Leave it in the fridge overnight and hey presto a healthy breakfast that will give you the energy you need.
  2. Gym clothes laid out on the side with work clothes packed in a bag. Morning gym days are not the time to be whacking out your heavy suit clothing; keep it light and pack items that do not crease easily. Don’t forget to pack your towel (oh and a normal bra. I’ve only had my sports bra with me before and ended up putting my dress on with no bra before dashing home to put one on!)
  3. Be brutal with your make-up bag. You may not be able to take all your make up with you in your gym bag so why not use a morning gym day to go more au natural? Keep it simple with mascara, eyeliner, highlighter, blusher and foundation. And forget your fancy brushes as you can just use your own paintbrush: your fingers.
  4. Most gyms have hairdryers that, whilst they may not be the fanciest, do the job. Wearing your hair in a ponytail or neat bun is the easiest hairstyle post workout. Straighteners are, in my opinion, a bit unnecessary as you’ll have to wait for them to cool down before packing them in your bag but I appreciate that they may be the only tool that can tame unruly tresses!

Usually if I go to the gym in the morning I’ll just do my own thing, mixing in some cardio with a bit of weight training such as with kettlebells. My local gym does a BodyAttack class (www.lesmills.com/workouts/fitness-classes/bodyattack) in the morning on a Tuesday which I also love.

I’m yet to try any outdoor boot camp style classes that I’ve seen around but perhaps I should give them a go to mix it up a bit.

Been to any unique classes or have your own way of working out pre-8am? Comment below!

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