Over and over again, I hear people say that they wish they could become a morning person so they can get their workouts done nice and early. Im sure you’ve tried and tried to wake up at 6 AM but end up pressing the snooze button to get in some extra sleep, right? Let’s face it, NO ONE likes to wake up and get out of a warm, comfy bed to work out but many people do. It takes motivation and planning to wake up and get it done! It’s not that you’re not a morning person, it’s that you’re not taking the right steps to become one. Here are some tips to help you become a morning workout person:
- Start off easy! If you’re not used to getting up super early to workout, don’t expect to be able to jump out of bed at 5:30 AM every day. You have to ease into it. Start going to bed a half hour earlier and waking up a half hour earlier at first so your body gets used to it. You will need a little while to adjust to your new schedule. It’s also a good idea to start off doing it 2 or 3 days a week at first, rather than every day.
- Prepare everything you need the night before. Lay out your workout clothes and sneakers right next to your bed. Stick a K-Cup in your Keurig , set up a pot of coffee to brew or measure out your pre-workout so its all set to grab and go!
- Get a good nights sleep. If you’re not going to bed early enough, I can guarantee that it will be impossible or very difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
- Set a few alarms. I’m a little alarm crazy but I’m known for hitting the snooze button more than once. I set 4 alarms on two different devices. I aim to get up at 6:00, so I start setting my alarm for 5:50 so I can wake up a little slower. I set one for 5:50, 5:55, 6:00 and 6:10 on BOTH my phone and my Fit Bit Charge. This makes it almost impossible to press the snooze button every time! There’s a good chance you may want to throw your phone at the wall but you WILL get yourself out of bed so you don’t have to hear that annoying ring one more time.
- Find a morning workout buddy. If you have a friend who wakes up early in the morning to workout, tell them to text you! It will give you that extra motivation to get up and moving. Accountability can help a ton when you’re in a fitness routine.
- Think positive thoughts. Instead of thinking about how comfy your bed is or how you’d rather get an extra hour of sleep, think about how much more time you will have later that day. Instead of rushing home after work or struggling to find motivation after your kids are in bed, you will be able to relax and enjoy your night!
- Decide which workout you will do the night before. If you’re doing a workout video, set it up on the DVD player so it’s all ready for you to push play. If you plan on going for a run, leave a water bottle and headphones at your front door. Setting up a plan will save time in the morning and will allow you to set aside just the right amount of time to get it done.
If you can follow these tips, you’re on the right track to becoming a morning workout person. Soon enough, you will be able to enjoy your nights without worrying about getting your workout done. Besides all of the free time you will be gaining, there are many other benefits to working out in the morning. It will jump start your metabolism so you burn more calories throughout the day, give you energy, help you sleep better and increase your mental acuity. I think that’s more than enough reasons to begin changing your habits and start waking up earlier!