Feel like there's never enough time in the day to squeeze in a workout? It's time to see your mornings differently. Daylight Savings has hit, so waking up with the sun and getting it done is your best bet. Here's how to do it.
1.Set your alarm even on the weekends.
"Some of what makes a 'morning person' is biological," explains Janet K. Kennedy, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and founder of NYC Sleep Doctor. "But habits also play a big role in how our energy fluctuates throughout the day." You'll need to develop a sleep schedule. "It can take a few weeks to start feeling more energetic in the morning, but consistency is the key," notes Kennedy.
2. Get a workout buddy.
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3. Don't let the weather get in your way.
Bad weather can be your biggest excuse for not springing out of your warm and cozy bed. Daniel Lucas, co-founder of Nimble Fitness, recommends having the right gear, so you'll be ready no matter what.
4. Be mindful of your dinner habits.
When you go to sleep, you should be full, but never stuffed. "Carbo-loading at dinnertime can make you feel more sluggish and tired in the morning, as your body has to work hard throughout the night to digest everything properly, affecting your overall quality of sleep," Lisa Moskovitz, R.D., founder of NY Nutrition Group says. "On the flip side, skimping at supper means you won't have enough energy reserves for your morning sweat session." You should eat lean protein, half a cup of cooked whole grains and a cup or more of veggies.
5. Get stylish.
Lay out your outfit before bedtime to take that extra step out of your morning routine.
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6. Unplug yourself.
That blue light from your phone screws with your internal clock. Unplug an hour before bedtime.
7. Honor your body
When it comes to sleep, quality is more important than quantity. "Forcing yourself to go to bed early when you aren't ready to sleep is likely to backfire," Kennedy says. "If you aren't ready to sleep, you are more likely to feel stressed. And that stress will make it harder to fall asleep."
8. Give up on the snooze button.
"The sleep you get when you snooze the alarm is not good quality and it can leave you feeling groggy," explains Kennedy. So set your alarm for the time you ACTUALLY have to get up.
9. Sip some coffee.
A cup of Joe provides you with more than your morning jolt of alertness. "It can also help burn more fat during exercise," says Moskovitz. Get a coffee machine with a timer to take this step out of your morning routine.
10. Grab a quick breakfast.
You're not going to have time to make a gourmet meal at this time, but opting for a cereal bar will ensure you get something in your stomach.
11. Take five.
Tamir recommends slowing it down instead of stressing yourself out. "Give yourself time to do some meditation," he says. "Just five to 10 minutes of getting in a relaxed position and letting your mind go blank gives you great energy."
12. Cool it down.
A cold shower is certain to kick you into gear. "Turning the temperature a bit colder for the last 30 seconds will get you wide awake," says Tamir.
Do you live by any or all of these tips for springing out of bed and getting a quick morning workout in?