So you’re not a morning person. Try as you might, you just can’t seem to make morning exercise part of your routine. But chances are, even if you have trouble doing it, you still realize how great it would be to get it out of the way before you take on the day. After all, the benefits of morning workouts are pretty awesome:
- Consistency: It’s rare that a meeting or conference call can be called at 6:00 a.m., so interruptions aren’t likely.
- Hormones: The hormones that help you build muscle and burn fat are at their peak early in the morning, making early workouts more efficient.
- Eating Better: Morning exercisers choose a healthier breakfast and studies show that those who start with a healthy breakfast eat better all day long.
- Better Sleep: Morning exercisers tend to fall asleep more quickly and sleep better through the night.
- Energy: Morning exercise gives you more energy throughout the day. You might think you’d be more tired, but the opposite is true.
Now that you’re extra-convinced morning exercise is worth a try, how you can you actually implement it if you’re not a naturally-inclined early bird? Is there anything that can help you make morning workouts part of your lifestyle? Here are seven of our favorite tricks to become a morning exerciser.
1. Decide The Night Before
Whether or not you should workout is not a decision you can make in the morning. Your pillow and blanket will win every time. You must make up your mind the night before and make it a non-negotiable plan. Set the alarm. As a matter of fact, set 2 alarms 5 minutes apart to get your butt out of bed.
2. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
Pack your bag with everything you’ll need after your workout, like toiletries and fresh clothes. Lay your workout clothes out where they are easy to pop on. Set your toothbrush and toothpaste on the counter. Taking 10 minutes before you go to bed to prepare as much as possible for the morning will help.
3. Stay Focused On The Outcome
When you can barely pull your body out of bed, visualize how you will feel when you hit the shower all hot and sweaty, energized and ready for the day with your workout complete and checked off your list!
4. Buddy Up
If all of the other tricks before this don’t get you out of bed, knowing a friend is waiting for you definitely will! Make a plan to meet a friend for the workout. You’ll be less inclined to disappoint them by skipping a workout.
5. Enlist a Trainer
Even if it’s just for a few sessions to get you started, hire a trainer and pay in advance. Set the early morning times with your trainer all in advance. You will be much more motivated to get up and out the door if money is on the line.
6. Start With Two Days
If you aren’t used to morning workouts, entering gently might be the best way to make it a habit. Start with two days a week. Pick the days that are going to be easiest to manage and choose mornings where you can get to bed early enough the night before. If weekends are exhausting for you then Monday might not be your best choice. Tuesday is always a winner!
7. Create a Reward System
A healthy reward can encourage you to keep up with your goals. At the end of the week, if you’ve completed your early morning workouts, choose a Friday reward. Maybe you like to get a latte from your favorite coffee shop or treat yourself to a manicure. It’s up to you! Reward yourself for a job well done.