There are two types of people in this world: morning people and everyone else. For those who aren't "lucky" enough to enjoy rising with the sun, getting out of bed in the morning can feel like a battle each and every morning. This battle is even more difficult when you are trying to get up for a workout. Why get up and sweat when it is so much easier to roll over and get an extra hour of shut eye?
While debates rage
over which time of day is best for a workout, we at BodyRock believe that the best workout for you is the one you will do. If you find all your waking hours are already spoken for and you can't fit in a sweat session, it may be time to reconsider those morning workouts. If you get to bed a little earlier in the evening, getting up a little earlier in the morning won't feel so terrible. Besides, if you follow a home workout like The DailyHIIT Show
, you can get your workout done in 30 minutes and you don't have to travel anywhere.
We've put together some tips to help you wake up and get going. No excuses, right? Let's do this!
1. Turn on the lights
Okay, we know this sounds super simple but if you blast yourself with light, it will be much harder to go back to sleep. As soon as your alarm goes off, get up and turn on the light. Let your body know it is time to get up.
2. Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room
If you and your snooze button are best friends, move your alarm clock. Put it clear across the room so you will have to get out of bed in order to turn it off. At that point, why bother going back to bed?
3. Lay out your gear before bed
Feel like you don't have enough time to workout in the morning? Make things easier by doing some of the work before bed! Laying out your clothes and shoes beside the bed will not only save you time every morning, it will serve as a visual reminder of your plans.
4. Program your coffee maker
If you have a programmable coffee maker, set it to start brewing a few minutes before your alarm is set to go off. The smell of coffee might be just be enough to get you moving! If you don't have a programmable pot, set things up the night before. Get the coffee grounds ready and your mug all set and ready to go. Again, if you can streamline this morning workout process, you'll be more likely to stick with it.
5. Plan an exciting breakfast
Let's face it, some of us are motivated by food. Make it work for you! Before you go to bed at night, prep yourself a breakfast you cannot wait to eat! Buy some fresh fruit to throw into your smoothie
or use on top of Greek yogurt. Maybe get a leg up on your recovery by trying one of these exciting protein packed breakfasts
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6. Grab a buddy
Maybe you can't get out of bed for yourself, but we bet you can if you know someone else is relying on you to show up! Make a commitment to one another and keep each other accountable!
7. Make it a competition
If a workout buddy is your best answer, why not make it interesting? We love community building and believe that no one's fitness journey happens entirely in a vacuum so up the ante and reward yourselves for doing things together. Set a challenge. Perhaps the first one to miss a workout has to do extra sprints or push ups. If you can't find anyone to join you in the mornings, reward yourself for sticking with it! As you reach your goals, treat yourself. Here are some suggestions for healthy ways to reward your success
8. Pump the tunes
Just like we suggested turning on the light as soon as your feet hit the floor, we also advocate turning on your favorite tunes. Choose whatever will pump you up. Maybe it is death metal, maybe it is top 40. Whatever it is, tell your body it is time to move by inspiring it to move!
9. Write down how good you feel
When was the last time you didn't feel better after a workout? Sure, you may feel sore but you definitely feel better. Make that post-workout high work for you in an inspirational sense. When you are done your workout, write down in a notebook how amazing you feel. Keep that notebook beside your bed so the next time you are thinking of staying under the covers a little longer, you can remind yourself how much better you feel when exercise.
10. Try a class
Maybe you need extra motivation to make morning workouts a habit. Consider registering for a non-refundable morning fitness class. Spending a little money might just be the motivation you need.
11. Get wet
If you find yourself feeling groggy when you get up, splash your face with some cold water. This little shock might just be enough to give your body the boost it needs to get started.
12. Plan your workout
Sit down before bed and map out what you will be doing. Whether it is a leg day or a full body workout, plan it out. Plan your moves and your number of reps. If you've got it all laid out, you will cut through that morning fog and see a clear path to your exercises.
Like planning what you will do, visualization can be an important part of getting your mind wrapped around a morning workout. As you are falling asleep, imagine yourself getting up and breaking a sweat. Picture every step of it. Turning off the alarm, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and moving your body! Mentally prepare before you sleep so when you wake up, you're all set to go!
14. Schedule it
Write your workout into your dayplanner or write it on your calendar. If you have a dentist appointment or a hair appointment, you write it down so you won't miss it. Do the same for your workouts. Consider it an appointment with yourself. Make it a non-negotiable part of your day.
15. Give yourself room
We all make mistakes. Sometimes we stumble when trying to make lifestyle changes. Start small. If getting up a full hour earlier and doing a full workout is too difficult at first, start smaller. Get up 15 minutes earlier than usual and ease into your day by moving through some yoga poses. Next week, set your alarm for 20 minutes earlier. Before you know it, you will be at that hour earlier and be crushing a workout!
How do you get yourself up and working out in the mornings? Time to share your tips, BodyRockers!