I was recently chatting with a friend who's trying to become a morning workout person. I offered the usual tips -- start going to bed earlier, get a friend to sign up for an early class with you, etc. As it turns out, she actually doesn't mind exercising in the morning; it's the pre- and post-workout part that she finds daunting. I understand that all too well. Running out the door to catch a 6am yoga class, only to realize you've forgotten a change of shoes; battling for the blowdryer in a crowded, sweaty locker room before 7am; we've all been there, and it is the worst.
But, I'm happy to report that with five easy changes, I've made my morning workout routine much less overwhelming, and even more efficient than my at-home routine. Read on!
#1 Make a Plan
Even if you go to the same gym every morning, you're much more likely to go if you plan your workouts in advance -- plus, if you're like me, it'll help you figure out when you should wash your hair (major key!). For example, if I know I'm going to Barry's Bootcamp one day next week, I'll plan to wash my hair on that day because a.) Barry's is a super sweaty workout and b.) they have Oribe products in their showers, which I love. The day after that, I'll try to do barre or something less sweaty so I don't need to wash my hair two days in a row.
#3 Pare Down
Change of shoes
RX bar (for hangry moments)
Change of clothes
Travel-size dry shampoo
Makeup (pick 5 essentials! I stick to concealer, tinted moisturizer, brow gel, eyeliner, and mascara)
#4 Pre-Treat Yourself