I wake up at 5:50am three times a week to the sound of Miguel telling me that he wants to let his love adorn me. The sky is still dark as I slip out of my 800 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets (John Lewis sale) and in to pink and black Lyrca.
I make my way in to the kitchen and have a bowl of porridge as I suspiciously watch a few foxes that have gathered in the car park, discussing what I can only imagine to be their plot to take over London. Once I have finished my porridge, I put on my trainers and at 6:20am I walk to the gym which takes three minutes door to door.
When I am inside the gym, I say “good morning” and to a receptionist, who glares at me as if to say “I could still be in bed if it was not for you”, and make my way to the treadmill.
I have been working before sunrise for three years and it is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. When I get home from work, I do not have to summon up the energy to work out because I have already done it, which allows me to be able to spend my evenings cooking and watching the Real Housewives of Atlanta. If I have finished watching all of the latest episodes of the Real Housewives, I head straight to Selfridges after work and play dress up in the Christian Louboutin world. If working out in the morning means that I have more time for shoes, then all hail morning workouts! #preach
Here are some tips to conquer your morning workout:
Get a good night’s sleep
If I know that I have to wake up at 5:50am to go to the gym, I make sure that I am in bed by 11:30pm at the latest. I am lucky in the sense that I fall asleep easily, which means that by 11:31pm, I am already in land of nod. If you find it hard to drift off, get yourself a good book to read or a put together a bed time playlist.
Ease yourself in to it
I know they say to aim high but if you are new to working out in the morning, five consecutive workouts before sunrise is not going to happen. If you try to do this, you will end up feeling defeated and blame me for the reason why keep falling asleep at work. Start off with one or two morning workouts a week and see how you get on.
Wake up to the sound of a beautiful man
Miguel is the sound of my alarm and his voice instantly puts me in a good mood. Change your alarm from that annoying bell to the voice of your favourite singer and your wake up call will become a little less painful.
Summer bodies are made in the winter. Summer may seem a million miles away but if you start today, by the time June 2015 arrives, you will look a little bit closer to Gisele Bundchen than you do now.