As a #5amclub captain I am obviously a big proponent of early workouts. Don't worry, I think I have stood on my soap box about this enough...for now. This will not be a post about how effective, efficient, and best early routines are. Instead I want to talk about WHY so many including me preach endlessly about the benefits of getting a head start on the day. Its not a magical time (ie 5 am) that leads to success. Its the habit, the consistency.
Consistency is very different from motivation. Motivation is a word that is splashed all over every social media handle, health magazine, business magazine, and the like. "Find your motivation" "What motivates you" "Stay motivated by using these 10 magic tricks". Rarely do you read "Be consistent, stay the course, do the same thing day after day". This is not as glamorous but it is the reality for myself in finding success in forming long term healthy habits. Does the thought or mention of getting up at five am or earlier make you cringe, dread your alarm, and leave you feeling exhausted all day? Then DO NOT do it. Yes you read that right, the self proclaimed morning #basic is recommending finding a routine that works best for: your sleep schedule, your work schedule, and your family schedule. This is different for everyone! In my experience if you have a typical office job that regulates the time you work (ie a standard 7-5, 8-5, 9-6....you get the point), then yes I highly suggest at least trying to make be an early bird. This sets the tone for your work day, allows you to get some selfish time to yourself before the world takes over and self discipline as I have said before lowers as the day continues. Try getting up an hour earlier than usual and do it for at least 6 weeks, if after that time period you still dread it, see no benefit, and feel its not positively impacting your life, then for goodness sake adjust!
Are you business for self? Do you work shift work? Do you make your own schedule? Are you a mom? All of these situations may not be conducive to an early schedule. Maybe you work best between 1pm and 10 pm. If you consistently and regularly prioritize working out at 1pm every single day then is that not more important than a "magical" time? Of course it is! Do you find yourself looking forward to working out, meditating, reading, journaling at the end of your workday? Then great! Just ensure you are keeping to it and making sure it happens, you guessed it, consistently. Do you work shift work and have a larger number of days off and find on work days #12hourshifts you find it very difficult to find the time? Then ensure that on your days off you consistently prioritize your healthy habits.
This post is not a new magical pill or answer to finding "your motivation" its a simple concept really. Prioritize building consistent healthy habits, whether its MWF, TTS, 2 days on 1 day off, 5 days on 2 days off, 5 am or 5pm, timing is irrelevant. What is relevant is creating your best life. This may mean getting uncomfortable, for some this may in fact mean setting your alarm earlier, but not for everyone. Just make sure you are self aware and not relying on excuses. Consistency is not always easy, comfortable, or ideal. Consistency is something that you can continually maintain over a long period of time, even when its hard.
Motivation is that crazy HIIT workout you did last week that leaves you feeling fired up and awesome. Consistency is brushing your teeth everyday, it doesn't always leave you with those feel good endorphins but it pays off over time.
Yours truly in all things New New,