One Reader’s Example of Building the Exercise Habit

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Tony shared in StrongLifts.com Forum:

Here is a sample of what I do on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.

4:30 AM – Wake up, wash face to get awake, get dressed and ready to workout.

5:00 AM – Start warm-up: exercise bike, body-weight squats, push-ups, various stretches, etc. This does not include warm-up sets of the lifts being done. That is part of the workout time.

5:15 AM – Start actual workout. So, actual workout starts 45 minutes after getting up. Warm-up sets are done at this time so heavy lifts don’t start until I have been up from 45 minutes to an hour. I know an hour is best but I am pushed for time in the morning. I just use caution and am sure to warm up good.

6:00 AM – Finish workout; start 30 min. Cardio.

6:30 AM – Finish cardio; take shower and clean up for work.

7:00 AM – Eat breakfast

7:10 AM – Leave for work; drive 45 minutes to work (one way)

8:00 AM – start work

Usually arrive home from work at 6:00 to 6:30 PM but sometimes as late as 7:00 or 8:00. That is why I workout out early. If I get home early and have to go somewhere or work on something at home it is 10:00 at night before I know it and I miss a workout. If I workout in the morning it is done no matter what else happens throughout the day. Of course these times aren’t set in stone. They are just a general outline of the way the morning usually goes.

On Tuesday and Thursdays I don’t have to get up until 6:30 (NICE!!!) That’s one reason I like cardio post workout. Only have to get up early 3 days per week instead of 6 days.

I know it wasn’t necessary but I just felt like sharing with everyone what my typical day looks like since I started working out again.

Inspiring Dedication & Sacrifice. I admit, 4:30am is too early for me. But I would wake up that early if had no other choice. I worked for 5 years as an employee working shifts (1:30pm-10pm & 8am – 5:30pm). What I did:

  • Workout Before Work. Wake up at 8am, have breakfast. Prepare food for the rest of the day. Wait for an hour for my spine to get dehydrated, workout, shower. Do other stuff for an hour, then leave for work. Home at 11:00, light snack, go to sleep.
  • Workout After Work. Drive straight from work to the commercial gym. Once I had a home gym: go directly home & workout first thing. Eat, prepare food for the next day, shower. Do other stuff until bed time.
  • Social Life. Only on weekdays I don’t workout & on weekends/holidays. Which is at least 4 days out of 7.


Prioritize
. Arrange your life so you don’t miss workouts. Same with eating healthy: go the grocery, have healthy food at home, prepare your food in advance, take food with you, etc. It’s a lot of work? Certainly, but:

  • It’s only 3days/week
  • You get used to it
  • There’s no something for nothing


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