One of the reasons that it took me so long to start exercising was because of my schedule. Time, or lack thereof. I had two kids under the age of 3, one of which loved waking up at 6AM on the dot. I worked all day and when I finally got back home, put the kids to bed and sat down to eat dinner, it was 8:30PM. So, my only choice was to join the 5AM workout club (as it is lovingly known on Instagram.)
I have read that it takes at least 1 month to form a habit. So, with my husband's help, I decided to give it a go. I had a few at home workout DVDs that I would sometimes do before I had kids, and I ordered some programs from Beachbody as well.
Here's what worked for me:
- GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP. This is critical. If I went to bed any later than 11PM, it was simply too late to wake up for an early morning sweat session. I started watching the clock at night and enlisting my husband to remind me to get into bed instead of messing around on my phone or doing late-night laundry.
- SET EVERYTHING UP THE NIGHT BEFORE. I popped that DVD in my basement' player, laid out my workout clothes, set the alarm to 4:45. It took me 10 minutes to wake up, get dressed and start at 5.
- ENLIST HELP. My husband was my biggest supporter. He told me he would not let me sleep in when the alarm rang. So he basically woke up with me and made sure I got started!
These days, I workout about 6 days a week. I crave it. It allows me to start the day energized, with a sense of calm, balance and strength. It took several months to really get into it, but I started with only working out 3 days a week. Remember, it's a marathon - not a sprint. My results today are because of my overall consistent and balanced approach towards working out.