You go to bed at night, gym clothes packed for an early morning class. But then the alarm clock goes off. You hit the snooze button and roll over, opting for that one extra hour underneath your warm, cozy blanket. When you finally roll out of the bed, the guilt sets in. This is because you know your busy day will not allow you one possible free moment to yourself to exercise. So you go through your day feeling tired and sluggish. If only, you think to yourself, you would have got up when that alarm first went off. Well, we are here to help. Follow these tips and, before you know it, you will become a true, happy morning exerciser.
1. Go to Bed Earlier
If you don't get enough sleep, you aren't going to get in a good workout. In fact, numerous studies have linked a lack of sleep to everything from weight gain to an increased diabetes risk, as well as low energy and fatigue. So decide what time you need to wake up in the morning to get in a good workout. Then figure out what time you should go to bed, keeping in mind that you will need 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you need to move your bedtime up, do it. You will thank yourself in the morning when that alarm goes off.
2. Realistic Strategy
Only you know what you are capable of each morning. So if getting yourself out of bed and off to the gym seems too much to handle, consider working out at home to a fitness DVD or taking a walk or jog around your neighbourhood. Make your morning exercise something you actually look forward to so you are excited to get out of bed and do it.
3. Failure Will Happen
If your morning exercise routine focuses on jogging outside and you wake up to rain, what will you do? What if you attend an exercise class with a friend and he or she cancels? You need backup plans to ensure you will continue working out even if the weather or your support system fails you. Consider a DVD workout video you can do at home. If you like to run, you may want to invest in a treadmill that you can keep in your home for those days you can't get outside.
Don't be above bribery, especially when it comes to your health. If getting out of bed seems difficult, tell yourself you will get a treat after your workout – whether it's a Starbucks coffee or a new pair of shoes. I mean, women will do almost anything for a new pair of shoes right? So tell yourself if you get out of bed every morning for a month you can buy those shiny new pair of high heels that have been catching your eye at the mall. It's called motivation. So go ahead, you deserve it.
Music is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to getting your butt moving in the morning. Start playing your music as soon as you wake up to help you get energized. If you have other family members sleeping, invest in a set of earphones so you don't wake them up. Make a playlist with all of the music that gets your heart racing so you are excited to get up and go.
6. Social Media
Social Media isn't just for updating photos of your nights out. It can be a helpful tool in motivating you when it comes to working out. Post your workout plans the night before and when you read the supportive feedback from your followers you will be more encouraged to actually get up and do what you said you were going to do. After all, you don't want to let your friends down, right?
7. Make It Easy
Getting out of bed is hard enough without thinking about finding your workout gear. So prepare for your session before you go to bed by having your clothes, socks, shoes and hair elastic beside you for easy access. Better yet, wear them to bed! This way you won't waste your valuable time fumbling around for what you need.
8. Pay For It
When you have to pay for something you are less likely to walk away from it. The same thing goes for a workout plan. So consider paying for a month of classes or for a personal trainer. If you wake up and don't feel like getting out of bed, chances are your guilt will set in because who wants to waste that amount of money on sleeping?
You know that feeling you have when you've just finished a good workout and your body has never felt better? Not to mention your mind? Try writing down exactly how you feel at that moment. When your alarm goes off early in the morning, reach for your notes for a little motivation. Remembering how good you feel will help you throw off those covers and start exercising again.
10. Sign Up For Classes
Many gyms offer classes that start at 6 a.m. So sign up for these because you will likely make it on time. I mean, no one wants to be the person walking into a class 10 minutes late. Think of the embarrassment you will feel. Having to be somewhere on time where others will be can be a good motivator for getting out of bed extra early.