April 24, 2012 by Danielle
While exercising in the morning has plenty of beneficial effects, just getting out of bed for an early workout can feel like an exercise in itself.
I’ve had my fair share of battles with the early morning workout, but with a full work schedule and other commitments, I’ve gradually gotten used to, and have even started liking, having a morning workout routine. My friend Alyx asked for tips on motivating for a morning workout , so here are a few useful tips that I use to get going in the morning.
- Get ready the night before. It might seem simple, but setting out your workout clothes the night before means that there is one less thing standing between you and your workout when you’re stumbling around in the early morning hours.
- Have a plan. While you’re setting out your clothes the night before, take a minute to come up with a workout plan for the next morning. There’s nothing worse than getting out of bed and then getting to the gym, only to wander around aimlessly, wasting valuable time. Having a plan helps to direct your intentions and keep your focus.
- Enlist a friend. Whether your friend has four legs or two, committing to meeting someone for a morning workout keeps you accountable-after all no one likes to be stood up, and that includes Fido. Plus, fitting in a morning workout date means that you and your friend of choice will get in quality time before the hectic work day starts.
- Put the Alarm Out of Reach – Another simple tip that has made a real difference in the frequency of my morning workouts. When its six a.m. and your options are to either listen to the annoying beep of the alarm clock or get out of bed to turn it off (and put on your workout clothes!), the choice is pretty clear. As I said before, getting out of bed is half the battle, so once the alarm is off, you’re one step closer to early morning success.
- Remember the afterglow-Thinking about how warm and comfy you feel when the alarm goes off will not make getting out of bed to exercise. Instead, think about how energized you’ll feel once you get going. After all, exercise triggers the release of neurotransmitters that help to improve mood, focus and learning, so starting off the day with a little sweat helps set you up for a day full of success.
Do you workout in the morning? What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning to sweat?