Wait. What? It's almost November? While you will be cleaning up after your Halloween parties, planning your Thanksgiving dinners, and starting your Christmas shopping (gasp!) I will be thinking about another upcoming event.
Daylight Saving Time ends in the US on November 2nd. While most people are collectively rejoicing for the extra hour of sleep, I am looking forward to the opportunity to begin a new habit (or I should say, return to an old habit). The habit of early morning workouts.
Just as the trees shed their leaves, autumn feels like the perfect opportunity to shed our bad habits, our negative thinking, and succumb to the early morning pull of the pavement.
When my alarm goes off at 5am on Monday November 3rd, my body will still think it is my regularly scheduled wake-up time of 6am. Even though they can force most of us living in the US to "spring" our clocks forward and "fall" backwards every year, our bodies are working on their own internal clock. We will eventually get used to the new time, as always, but this year I am planning to use the time change to my advantage.
You see, even though I have written many blog posts about running (or working out) in the morning, it just has been one of those healthy habits that fell to the wayside. When I was doing it regurarly, I was loving every second of it. OK, maybe not every second during it (let's be realistic), but I loved the time to myself in the morning. I loved the "me time" before work. I loved the chance to unwind before I got wound up. I especially loved the feeling of having my workout done before I did anything else in my day. I had this euphoric feeling before I ever even got in the shower and it was an amazing way to start each day. Tough some days? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.
After I told my sister that I just couldn't drag my butt out of bed in the morning anymore, her words would ring in my head, slightly louder than my alarm clock on most days, "It's not that you can't. It is that you won't."
Routine is a beautiful thing and I am going to use the end of Daylight Saving to kickstart this healthy habit.
You can check out my other posts on tips for early morning workouts:
25 tips to wake up early to workout
Dummies Guide to waking up early to workout
Conquering your inner night owl: How to wake up early to workout...and love it.
So maybe the end of Daylight Saving is the perfect time to fall back into morning running and to spring forward in my running shoes for morning runs. Who's with me? Seriously, I need you to text me at 5am and remind me of this post.
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