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Rise and Grind

If you’ve ever been in a 5:30 a.m. class with me then you know I’m not a “morning person.” In fact, I’m extremely anti-social until I’ve had my post class Starbucks. But that doesn’t stop me from lacing up and showing up at the crack of dawn three times a week. I’m not gonna’ lie—it’s not always easy—especially on the days when I’m working out alone instead of with my trainer or in my favorite cycle class. But I love getting it done before the sun because if the rest of my day goes to hell in a handbag, I’m covered. Plus, I’m more equipped to deal with life’s little stresses when endorphins happen in the morning because, in the words of Elle Woods, “Endorphins make you happy.”

Apparently, I’m not alone in my theory that a good morning sweat makes for a better day ahead. This article from Shape Magazine offers several valid reasons why hitting the gym instead of the snooze button is a great idea. Check it out! And see below for a few of my tricks to make it easier.

1. Have everything ready to go. I lay out everything from my sports bra to my ponytail holder the night before. I even set my water bottle and keys by the front door.

2. Use the buddy system. If someone is expecting you (or you’ve signed up for a nonrefundable class) you are more likely to show up.

3. Get your zzzz’s. I am usually in bed by 9 or 9:30 p.m. and it makes that alarm a little less painful (ok not really but at least you are rested).

4. Commit to it for one week. You can do anything for one week and chances are you will find that it becomes a habit.

--bonny