I swear by morning exercise. If it doesn’t happen in the morning, chances are it’s not happening. And while I may be a “morning person,” waking up early to workout isn’t always easy for me either! I definitely don’t think working out in the morning is for everyone and you should do what works best for you, however, I think anyone can be a morning exerciser if they want to be.
Here are some of my own tips/tricks for getting up for a workout:
- Go to bed early. Start doing gradually, there’s nothing worse than trying to go to bed so early that you’re wide awake and end up tossing and turning half the night. Aim for just 15 minutes earlier a night. I find that reading before bed helps (as well as shutting down all electronics at least 30 minutes beforehand).
- Plan. Know exactly what workout you’re going to do the next morning. Have your running shoes ready, your outfit picked out and your bag packed. I may have gone to sleep in my workout clothes before.. once or twice..
- Be realistic. I know that 5am is just too early a wake up call for me to maintain on a regular basis. So instead, I wake up at 6am, or even 6:30, and do a shorter, more efficient workout. I never really go to the gym in the morning because that takes up extra time, so instead I do quick at-home workouts or run outside.
- Seek out motivation on social media. This is sort of a new thing I do now when I’m finding it hard to get out of bed: go on Twitter. Instantly, I see tons of tweets about people’s awesome workouts and I want to join in.
- Stick with it. It will get easier as you get into a routine. Don’t give up!
- Just do it. The first two minutes of waking up is hard, and then you’re awake and it’s 100% worth it. I promise! Sometimes I’m literally giving myself a pep talk as I pushing myself out of bed. (Or play this video as soon as you wake up/while you’re getting ready: How Bad do you Want it?)
Are you a morning exerciser? If so, what are some of your tips? If you prefer to workout at night/after work, please let me know your secret!