Does anyone have any tips on running early in the morning? -

Does anyone have any tips on running early in the morning?

Currently, I wake up at 7:30 to start work at 8:30. I would like to wake up between 4:30 and 5:00 so I can run for ~2 hours each morning, shower, eat, and head to work. Any suggestions on how to get myself up WAY earlier than I ever have before and make myself do something I NEVER like doing are much appreciated.

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Kelsey Lamb, CHHC
I am a holistic health coach who helps people find balance and purpose so they can regain their health, happiness and well being.

Getting up early can be hard, especially when you know you have to roll out of bed and out the door on a run! I try to think about how amazing I am going to feel after the run to remind myself that it is always worth it. It is also really important to remember to focus on getting adequate sleep. It is never worth depriving yourself of sleep in order to exercise. Adults should aim to get on average 7-9 hours of sleep per night, whatever makes you feel the best.

Lauri Germain
Heilkunst homeopathy works like a time machine, by clearing the most recent trauma in your life, then working backwards in time.

The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your Life by Robin Sharma might be helpful for you. I haven't read it yet, but my daughter loves it.

Christine Malkmus
Body Acceptance Advocate

This may sound silly or strange for an answer here, but I recently read a book called "The 5 Second Rule", by Mel Robbins. I HIGHLY recommend reading this book! I am a textbook procrastinator, and after reading her book I've drastically changed my mindset and daily routine with all sorts of things!!

I Can Help You In Different Situations.

I'm someone who does wake up early, 3:00-4:00. I dislike alarms for waking and prefer the natural waking, but to get there, you may need the alarm. I suggest going to bed earlier, plan on at least 6 hours before you want to wake and 8 is much better. You will find your body and mind will adjust to the earlier waking times with time, but it can take a while. When I was in my 20's getting up before 8:00 was hard, but I had to make a change and it took about 6 months.

I also workout "fasted" with having only water before I head out for my cardio workout (run/walk/run). I find that burns the most fat plus I don't have anything in my stomach to complain. Also doing run/walk/run is a HIIT workout which helps burn calories more so then a steady-state workout. I hope this helps! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Adam Azevedo M.S. CPT
Crossroads Fitness is a non-membership facility that specializing in Personal Fitness Training.

I also lie to run around 5 am. I am up at 4. You may think about going to sleep earlier, drinking a big glass of water when you wake up, and maybe start with shorter - faster runs to get the same cardiovascular effects in less time.

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