Prepare the Night Before
If you want to reap the benefits of being an early riser, develop a habit of preparing for the day ahead. Take the time to set out your clothes before you go to sleep. Making a snack at night will also free up extra time in the morning. You can then grab a bite to eat while on the way out the door. We always suggest eating before working out – you have to fuel your body, no matter what. Even if it is just something small, like a protein waffle or a banana with nut butter, something is better than nothing.
Don’t Hit the Snooze Button
You alarm clock’s snooze button can definitely be a problem. And, according to an article posted in the Wall Street Journal, the snooze button confuses your body. Don’t be lured by the thought of getting a few extra minutes of sleep. You will actually wake up feeling a lot groggier. Upon hearing your alarm ringing, the ideal approach is to simply get up and begin your day. We highly suggest reading Mel Robbin’s 5 Second Rule to get past your snooze button habits – all you need to do is simply say to yourself “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” and get UP at 1. This will make your morning workout routine far more enjoyable.
Develop a Nightly Routinee
In order to avoid feeling fatigued in the morning, you must go to bed at an appropriate time. Getting enough sleep also impacts your workout performance. Try to create a relaxing atmosphere that puts your mind at ease. Turn off as many electronics as possible, even if it is just 30 minutes before bed. Staring at a television screen or smartphone can prevent you from falling asleep.
If you are not a morning person, getting up earlier than usual may seem like a daunting task. Instead of making drastic changes, your best bet is to slowly adjust your schedule. Wake up 15 minutes earlier each day. Start off with light exercise first – you don’t have to go crazy. Walk your dog or do a light cardio workout. Then, you can gradually build up time and intensity as your body adjusts and gets used to waking up early. Remember, the ultimate goal is to have enough time for an hour-long workout.
Plan Your Workout in Advance
Never wait until the last minute to plan your morning workout routine. Before even hitting the gym, you should already have a workout plan in mind. This will enable you to progress without wasting any time, and give you one less excusseto not stay in bed.
Find an Accountability Partner
Workout accountability will help you to avoid making any excuses. Find a partner who is also on a mission to accomplish their fitness goals. If you fail to show up for your morning workout routine, your letting your partner down. On the days that you are feeling totally uninspired, the additional motivation is bound to come in handy.
While staying fit is not always easy, the extra effort will pay off in the long run. Remember, consistence is key. By sticking to your daily workout plan, you will gradually begin to see results.