A question I get asked very often by friends, family, colleagues when they find out that I wake up at 5 AM every morning to start prepping for my training at 6 AM in the gym.
My first reaction is, why shouldn’t I or why wouldn’t you train first thing in the morning? I thought getting up early and exercising was something we were taught in school and also followed, then why it is suddenly a shock to people?
But slowly I started really thinking and asked myself the same question – why do I train in the morning so early? I can easily train in the evening after work. While I put my brain to work, I realised that for years I actually did trained after work. I used to get back from work, ate something little and an hour later pumping iron in the gym, like everyone else did. But it did a lot of damage to me in a lot of ways –
- My mind was scattered with the entire day’s work, discussions, visuals, arguments (if any) leading to stress that impacted my focus in the gym
- It was easy for me to get distracted on my nutrition and hydration due to workload and other commitments
- I could let go of myself on eating some non-healthy snacking in office because of regular morning teas, afternoon teas, lunches, birthdays etc.
- My family commitments were suffering as some days I would be late for dinner
- Impact on social commitments – either they were missed or my training
- Training in the evening did made me more exhausted, tired and fatigued that in turn reduced my productivity next day because I couldn’t wake up.
So I decided to change my approach and thought of a better way to bring out the best version in me. The approach was simple, to work backwards from the time I have to be at work and pick a time early enough to give me enough space to prep, drive, train, drive back, get ready for work and be out of the door on time. Something even you guys can use, reverse engineer your time.
I can confirm that it was the best decision I made for myself. Waking up at 5 AM I give myself an hour to all my prep before I leave my home at 6 AM – mindset priming, meditation, having a meal, hydrating myself, preparing my intra and post workout etc.
Some of the main benefits I have seen training in the morning are:
1) Better Time Management
2) Increase in Productivity
3) Better family and social life
4) Creating a habit of doing hard things first in the morning
5) More time on hand
6) Reduce in Stress levels
7) Better focus and energy levels
To summarise, I believe if we train before we start on our work day it can benefit us in much more ways than it would if we workout after our workday. A simple change in approach can change the entire perspective. Now, this could be different for you as everyone has a preferred time to train and I respect that. Moreover, it is also up to an individual’s commitment that a training time matters. There is no right or wrong time to train in the gym or outdoor.
Philosophically speaking, the right time to train is NOW!
Transformation Coach@ Be Your Best Self Transformation