WHY I PREFER TO WORKOUT IN THE MORNING (AND HOW I FIT IT INTO MY SCHEDULE)

BLACK BALLER HAT ||  BLACK ENERGY SPORTS BRA  ||  OLIVE RAIN RULES JACKET

BLACK BALLER HAT ||  BLACK ENERGY SPORTS BRA  ||  OLIVE RAIN RULES JACKET

all c/o lululemon. Sizing and fit details at the bottom of this post 

 

ALL EXERCISE IS GOOD EXERCISE

Don’t get me wrong, I always feel better when I’m able to fit a workout in my day, no matter what time of day it is. I’ve kicked up my workouts a notch over the past 2 years and have discovered how much more I prefer an early morning workout to one in the late afternoon or evening.

 

I’ve partnered with lululemon today to share how exercise keeps my body and my mind healthy, allowing me to live the best version of myself! luluemon is a brand I’ve loved for years (just wait until you see their new fall arrivals). They truly embody the energy and excitement I feel when I workout.  I love the mornings for working out. When I miss a workout I find myself feeling sluggish throughout the day. Every time I miss a workout I make myself stop and remember how I feel so that I’ll be more motivated to fit in some exercise the next day! Working out in lululemon lets me hit the ground running, no matter what kind of weather or workout I encounter that day. 

WUNDER UNDER HIGH RISE 7/8 LEGGINGS c/o lululemon

WUNDER UNDER HIGH RISE 7/8 LEGGINGS c/o lululemon

Why outdoor exercise boosts my mood.

 

HAVING THE RIGHT WORKOUT GEAR TO COMBAT THE WEATHER

 

I have naturally poor blood circulation, so I am always cold. Having the right gear to protect me from the elements outside is so important in order to workout! lululemon just released their fall line of high performance jackets and coats that are perfect for cold or rainy mornings! Here are three of my favorite jackets they just released:

 

  • I’m wearing their new Rain Rules Jacket. Not only is it buttery soft, but it’s waterproof, breathable, and I love the tailored fit. It’s such a chic rain jacket that was made to allow you to move. It also looks really cute with a pair of joggers, a tee, and sneakers.

 

  • They also have a great running rain jacket called the Patch Game Jacket with great movement and ventilation, and I love the cute print.

 

  • If you live in really cold weather, lululemon’s Cloudscape Jacket is absolutely dreamy. I tried it on in the store and it feels like you are wearing a cloud! It runs a little oversized, so I would recommend sizing down. I makes me think of all my cold morning runs in the canyons when I lived in Utah. This jacket would be perfect for that!

 

I love that lululemon makes workout gear that works just as hard as I do. Their clothings is impeccably made with the best activewear fabrics to optimize my movement. Their 2018 outerwear keeps me warm and protected so that I don’t have to miss an outdoor workout due to cold or rainy weather. 

 

WHITE COOL RACERBACK TANK (soft like butter, incredible stretch! I'm wearing a size 4)

WHITE COOL RACERBACK TANK (soft like butter, incredible stretch! I’m wearing a size 4)

FIGURING OUT MY PEAK ENERGY LEVEL

FIGURING OUT MY PEAK ENERGY LEVEL

I realized that when I tried to workout at night I was so exhausted. I didn’t want to take pre-workout or caffeine that late at night, so I would have a much less productive workout than I wanted to. I find that the time of day where I have the most energy is between 9-12, so I figured that an early workout would optimize this time. I’ve come to find that it even extends my energy level to 1 or 2pm in the afternoon. If I am able to get in a workout before 8am, I feel revitalized and already feel accomplished early on. It sets the tone for the rest of my day.

Why outdoor exercise boosts my mood.

I MENTALLY PREP FOR MY WORKOUT THE NIGHT BEFORE

 

Before I go to bed I prep for my workout the following morning. I make sure I lay out my workout clothes (or at least make sure that I have a clean pair of socks/sports bra that I can easily grab). Knowing that I get to throw on my favorite workout tank or cute leggings makes it easier to get up when my alarm goes off. I make sure my headphones are charged (I wrote about my favorite headphones here), and I pick out the podcast that I am going to listen to. Usually it’s something business related or one on parenting. Starting the mental prep the night before makes it easier for me get up early for a workout.

HOW I FIT IN MY WORKOUTS WITH KIDS AT HOME

HOW I FIT IN MY WORKOUTS WITH KIDS AT HOME

This one can be tricky..but if you are really dedicated to working out, you can find a way to make it happen! When my kids were really young, I would run with them bundled up in my double stroller. I actually ran with Eli a few days ago in the morning! He has been home sick with croup and it was a great way to get him out of the house and he loved pointing out all the cars he saw and pushing the crosswalk buttons.

My favorite time to run is at 6am. This works for me right now because Garrett is home at that time and our boys are (usually) still sleeping. Yes, some mornings are rough getting out of bed that early, but about 10 minutes into my run I feel fantastic. This way I already have a full workout in before I start getting the kids ready for school. This also makes the rest of my day more productive because I’m not trying to find time to fit in a workout during the house I am usually working.

START SLOW AND SMALL, BUT KEEP IT STEADY.

START SLOW AND SMALL, BUT KEEP IT STEADY.


Some days I run 1 mile, some days I run 5. Some days I do 30 squats, some days I do 200. On days where I am short on time, I just for a super quick 15 minute workout and I’m still able to feel energized and mentally rejuvenated. If you can’t run a full mile, that’s fine! Try run/walking half a mile each mornings and you will slowly build up the endurance to add on more distance later.

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AN EARLY MORNING WORKOUT STARTS WITH AN EARLIER BEDTIME

I was the queen of late night for about five straight years. With younger kids at home, I would often work while they napped and then after they went to bed until 1 or 2 in the morning almost every night. When I decided to start exercising early in the mornings, I knew I needed to get better sleep at night in order to have the energy for a workout in the morning.

 

It got a ton easier when my kids started school. I was able to shift my work hours to the morning/afternoon while they were in school.

 

Are you an early morning exerciser? Regardless of what time I can fit it in, I’m always so glad when I do! 

 

 

Shop my lululemon look:

BLACK BALLER HAT (wicks away sweat!)

BLACK ENERGY SPORTS BRA (amazing support- I’m wearing a size 4)

WHITE COOL RACERBACK TANK (soft like butter, incredible stretch! I’m wearing a size 4)

WUNDER UNDER HIGH RISE 7/8 LEGGINGS (keep me warm with incredible movement – I’m wearing a size 4)

OLIVE RAIN RULES JACKET (I’m wearing a size 2)

all c/o lululemon

 

This collaboration was sponsored by lululemon and Shopping Links

3 Comments

  1. Enjoyed this post. I too much prefer working out in the morning, but before everybody else wakes up. That is my me-time: I work out and have my devotions and by then my hubby and kiddo are now stirring. I like the feeling of starting the day already having accomplished something.

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    • Exactly! I’m such a happier mom when I get that early morning “me” time in too!

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  2. I LOVE working out in the morning too! Definitely sets the tone for my day and there is just something so special about those quiet mornings doing something for yourself & starting off things right!

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