My alarm goes off during the week (and most Saturdays) at 4:30am. Which is really 4:20am because I do that crazy thing of setting my clock ahead by 10 minutes to "trick" myself into getting up on time when I hit the snooze which on my clock is 7 minutes. I know, strange and very complicated but it works for me. Anyway, this blog is not about my alarm but about NOT SLEEPING THROUGH PLANNED WORKOUTS! You all have to trust me on this, as much as I love working out, running and my job - when the alarm goes off at 4:30 (really 4:20) I am not always jumping out of bed, happy and excited to start my day! As my wife will attest to, I normally hit the snooze at least 1x and then drag my sleepy butt out of bed to fall around my bedroom in the dark (cause I don't want to wake her up) trying to find my clothes and get going.
Doesn't sound very motivating so far, does it? My point of this blog is this: I have NEVER regretted getting up once I start my workout! However, there have been many, many times I have told myself: "you need to sleep more" or "go ahead, take the day off" or, "I will do my workout later today, or double tomorrow", etc. ad infinitum and I will tell you, 99% of the time, I DO REGRET going back to sleep!
So, without making this a lengthy explanation, lets go back to the math as I always do:
- 100% of the time I am happy and feel wonderful when I drag myself out of bed and workout!
- 99% of the time when I blow it off I feel physically and psychologically worse than if I worked out!
How do you feel when you blow off your workout? Every once in a while it is the right thing to do, but even on those days, just plan on doing a shorter or easier workout - I promise you won't regret it!