Exercising before work might be your only chance to squeeze a quick workout routine into your busy schedule. Here’s how to do it efficiently.
We all make plans to exercise after work. But, after a long day at the office, these plans might go out the window. All you want to do is plop down in front of the TV and relax.
So, why not exercise before going to the office? You’ll get it out of the way and be free to relax in the afternoon.
The best part is it’s not as hard as it seems. With these seven tips, you’ll have an easier time exercising in the early hours before you clock in at work!
7 Tips For Exercising Before Work
Here are our personal tips on how to get the best out of exercising before work:
1. Get Enough Sleep
You’re probably going to have to wake up pretty early. Getting plenty of sleep will ensure you’re ready to go.
More importantly, it will decrease the chances of you hitting that snooze button and ditching your plan altogether.
So, make sure you go to bed at a decent time. Put away your phone and avoid other distractions.
You’ll thank yourself in the morning when you feel refreshed, well-rested, and ready for exercising before work.
2. Prepare The Night Before
Want to get even more sleep? Prepare the night before!
Lay out your gym clothes and office outfit. Pack your bags and lunch, fill up your water bottle — do whatever else you would normally do in the morning.
This way, you won’t be in a rush and can get in a little extra shuteye.
3. Decide How You’re Going To Clean Up
It’s easy if you are working out at home. You can jump in the shower, change into clean clothes, and be on your way. It’s a bit trickier if you are hitting the gym on your way to work.
You don’t want to go into the office stinky and sweaty. So, make sure you have a way to clean up afterward.
Here are some tips to clean up when you can’t go back home:
- Choose a gym that has locker rooms and showers that are well-maintained.
- See if the gym provides shampoo, soap, conditioner, towels, etc. If they don’t, bring your own.
- Bring makeup, perfume/cologne, and anything else you normally use to get ready in the morning.
- Pack portable toothpaste tabs to combat post-workout breath, like these from SuperBee.
4. Come Up With A Workout Plan
Part of your preparation should be coming up with a workout plan.
After all, your exercise time in the morning is precious. You don’t want to waste it trying to figure out what exercises you’re going to do.
Be efficient by deciding what you’re going to do beforehand:
- Are you going to a gym on the way to work?
- Are you going to run at home? Follow an exercise video?
- Use at-home weights or equipment?
Having a plan will help ensure you get a good sweat in.
5. Don’t Skip The Warmup
When you’re pressed for time in the morning, you might be tempted to forgo stretching. However, we can’t emphasize how important warming up is, especially when your muscles are tight from a restful night.
So, take a few extra minutes to warm up properly. It will go a long way in preventing injuries and letting you get the most out of your workout.
6. Listen To Music
Be sure to bring music along! The right tunes will help you feel energized and keep you motivated.
You can even listen to music as you get ready in the morning or on the drive to the gym. You’ll feel awake, alert, and ready to tackle your workout.
7. Eat (Or Don’t)
Some people are adamant about eating breakfast before exercising. They claim that they need the energy to fuel their workout.
Others say it’s better to eat breakfast after exercising. They claim it prevents them from feeling weighed down and can even make their workout effective.
Some research does suggest that fasted cardio burns more fat. However, whether or not you eat before your workout is up to you.
Do whatever makes you feel most comfortable. Just be sure to stay hydrated and eat afterward to refuel!
We won’t lie; the first couple of days of working out early in the morning will be tough. You’ll be tempted to hit snooze and sleep for an extra hour or so.
But, once it becomes routine, this will be something you look forward to. Exercising before work is truly rewarding!