Morning Exercise Tips and Tricks
Dragging yourself out of bed on a chilly fall morning is difficult enough. Motivating yourself to go to the gym on top of that may sound like a death sentence to some people. Even if you’re not a morning person, here are some great tips to finding the motivation to work out in the morning.
- Be all ready to go
Sleep is a wondrous thing, and the more, the better. Save yourself precious minutes of sleep by preparing everything the night before. Don’t stop at setting out your gym clothes. Prepare your outfit for the rest of the day, pack your lunch, and even prepare breakfast (we highly recommend overnight oats).
- Put your alarm across the room
For some people, the hardest part about getting out of bed is the physical action of getting out of bed. Leave your alarm across the room so that you have to get up to turn it off. By the time you switch it off, you’ll be less motivated to press snooze and dive under the blankets.
- Schedule workouts
Have you ever noticed that your body automatically wakes up around the same time every day? Help reset your internal clock by scheduling regular workouts during the week so waking up early becomes natural.
- Plan your workout ahead
Your brain might take longer to warm up than your body. Instead of winging what your workout should be for the day, write down what you plan on doing. Simply carry a small notebook or write in the notes section of your phone what you would like to do that day. For example, 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by some crunches, planks, and pushups.
- Choose an activity you enjoy
If you hate running, don’t wake up at 5 a.m. expecting your feelings to suddenly change. You’ll be more encouraged to press snooze than slip on your sneakers. Choose an activity that you actually enjoy, like Zumba, which will actually make you excited to hop out of bed.
- Have a workout buddy
No, this isn’t to have someone to complain to about how tired you are. Between school, work, and household chores, it may be difficult to find quality time with your friends. Having a gym buddy will give you a partner in crime—someone to hold you accountable for showing up to your workout on time. On the weekends, you can treat yourselves to a post-workout brunch.
- Choose a class you have to pay for
Every Business 101 class talks about sunk cost – how you’re more likely to do something just because you’ve paid for it already. Translate this into your fitness routine by incorporating an activity that you have to pay extra for. Perhaps it’s scheduling an appointment with a personal trainer or attending a boot camp class. Not only will you have extra motivation to show up, you’ll also get in a fantastic workout you might have not had on your own.
If these tips don’t help you get moving, maybe knowing that working out in the morning helps set the tone of your day will. By making healthy choices early on, you’ll be more likely to keep them up all day long. Have any of these tips helped you on your fitness journey? Tag us on Twitter or Instagram to share your #TransformationTuesday story.