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Solutions | Working Out In The Morning Without Feeling Tired

April 21st 2020

It is 4AM in the morning and all you can think about is how you can get through your workout without feeling so tired and dizzy.

Okay, fine.

Maybe, you feel “okay” but you definitely don’t feel 100%.

In fact, you feel terrible.

But your workout needs to be done and you are determined to get it through.

Is there anything you can do to make your workout less miserable?

Let us go over several solutions to figuring out how to get through your early morning workouts without feeling so damn tired.

How to work out in the morning without feeling tired?

You need at LEAST 8 hours of sleep prior.

This is not a recommendation.

This is a prescription for future success.

Think back.

How often did you get <8 hours of sleep and felt great in the morning?

Yeah, same here. The answer is zero.

But before you roll your eyes and click on a different article to “solve” your issues, consider this:

If working out was SO important to you, why are you compromising your gains and your health by sleeping less?

Procrastinating during the day and wasting time at night? You need to figure out a better plan.

Kids and a family? You need to figure out a better plan.

School and exams? Again, a well-developed plan is key.

I hope you can see where I am leading you towards - if 8 hours of sleep does not happen naturally, you will need to program it and make sure you get to bed early.

Yes, this means sacrifice will be needed.

Going out drinking and partying may be a thing in the past if that was your previous lifestyle.

If you want a chance to stop feeling so tired in the morning, getting enough sleep is one sure way of accomplishing this goal.

Why?

Because you are well-rested. Plain and simple.

Allow the adjustment period to pass

If you never worked out in the early mornings, what makes you think you can just pop right into the gym and feel great doing your workout?

One, working out in the morning seems unnatural for some people since you do not have strict discipline.

In addition to that, you are doing heavy lifting so you will definitely not “feel” great right after you woke up or you still have sleeping boogers in your eyes.

Secondly, this is a habit you have not built up yet and you will face the consequences of building up a new habit.

And what are some of the negative emotions people feel when starting to develop good habits?

  • Frustration
  • Impatience
  • Boredom
  • Wanting to Quit

And the funny thing is, even after someone builds up the habit of going to the gym early in the morning, they will still feel the same negative emotions that will sway them away from the gym.

The only difference is that your willpower is stronger and can make a decision to choose right from wrong better.

So, what does this have to do with you working out in the morning tired?

You need to continue to go through discomfort and build your self-discipline to go to the gym.

Only after you continue to do so repeatedly, you will never talk down about your early morning gym workouts.

Consider that the first thing you do will be the best thing you do

Right after people wake up, the first “important” thing people do is to go to work.

This means that 100% of your effort and intensity will be funneled into work.

Makes sense right?

Now, why is it different if the first thing you do after you wake up is to work out?

Why is it suddenly a burden instead of an exciting day to develop strength and muscle?

I’ll tell you one reason why - you have been programmed to follow the sheep and you cannot see a way out.

And I am here to shed some light for you - it is entirely possible to give your workout 100% and not feel guilty about it.

Consistency over a long period of time will result in drastic progress

What is the main objective of working out?

Strength gains?

Muscle growth?

A combination of the two?

When you work out in the morning, even if you feel tired, you are consistently building up your strength and muscle base.

Imagine 365 days of being consistent with the gym…

You will be much stronger, bigger, and more explosive.

I’ll leave you to imagine the possibilities.

Lastly, you do not have to like it or enjoy it- you want the results

You know that good results will come in you go to the gym.

However, you hate early workouts or you are not a morning person.

Grow up.

You do not have to like things in order to do them.

For instance, when you were growing up, you may not like to eat vegetables but you did it anyway.

In school, you may not want to study hard, but you did it anyway.

The same concept applies here.

You do not have to enjoy even 1 minute of going to the gym.

Motivation can help get you started but you know the results of going to the gym are everlasting and well-worth the effort.

Let that be your motivation.

Conclusion

Ultimately, the choice is up to you.

No one can force you to go through morning workouts.

Just know that your results and actions will profoundly impact your future, morning workouts or not.

Sometimes, you may have a choice when you want to work out. 

Sometimes, you do not.

And for others, they may be “stuck” having to do morning workouts in order to still do their other obligations in life.

So be it.

Do not whine and complain anymore.

This is your schedule now.

Set a plan on what you will do for the weeks and months to come.

Execution is the last step.

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