It’s a bit crazy living in Hong Kong (or whichever city you’re in) as the lifestyle around us doesn’t encourage us to sleep and wake up early. There are just so many temptations to go out with your friends for dinners, drinks, to the movies or to stay in and watch Netflix until dawn…So how did I change my habits to adopt a morning workout routine? Here are my suggestions that you can apply too:
1. Remind yourself that you need “beauty sleep”
Coming from a modelling background, one way I get into bed by 11pm is to constantly remind myself that my body needs to rest at the most appropriate times of the night. (See my previous blog about the different times of the day that your body replenishes). Knowing that my skin and my mood is so largely affected by the quality of sleep forces me to go to bed on time.
2. Set a calm music alarm
I personally like to be woken up gently, so even though I have multiple alarms for different times and days, they are all cheery and calm. I even wake up to Bruno Mars on Saturdays ;)
3. Mentally prepare yourself with a 10min snooze
During the week, when my alarm goes off at 5:30am, I start to wake up my senses and mentally tell myself that it’s time to get up… so by 5:40am, I get out of bed!
4. Tell yourself you won’t regret it
Let’s be real, there are days when we wake up still feeling tired and in need of more sleep. So on days like that, I do listen to my body and go back to bed. However, on most days, after my mental preparation snooze, I physically get up and brush my teeth. If a voice tells me “just sleep some more”, I have a stronger voice that says “you won’t ever regret a morning workout”. Don’t overthink it and just put on those gym clothes!
5. You burn more fat from your morning exercise as it attacks the fat reserves
When you’re fasted in the morning after a 7-8 hour sleep, the hormone cortisol is high and its only job is to break down the appropriate tissue based on what other hormones are around. Insulin is elevated after eating and cortisol will attack muscle. But, if you are fasted, insulin is low and cortisol will then go after body fat reserves.
Try it out and tell me how it goes :) I’ve adopted this habit for five years and trust me, this transformation is going to be for a lifetime…
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PS. I don’t set an alarm on Sundays because Saturday nights are saved for some dancing and fun!