If you’re one of those people that get separation anxiety from your bed, I get it; working out in the morning is hard! No one is arguing that exchanging you’re blanket for a barbell is easy.
The reality of it though, is that working out in the morning is a great start to your day. Don't believe me? Working out in the morning will give you more energy for the day ahead. I know it sounds counterintuitive- all you want is more sleep so how could waking up actually boost your energy? Endorphins go a long way. You will actually be more awake and ready to tackle the day if you get out of bed and move!
Still not convinced? An A.M. workout will jumpstart your metabolism. Simply put, you burn more calories all day long just from the sheer fact that you got out of bed and worked out in the morning.
And if you’re STILL not ready to set your alarm for a morning workout, consider this: you are more likely to workout, if you workout in the morning, period! It can be risky banking on an evening workout, because well, life happens. Far too often we plan a class or gym session after work, and get stuck putting out fires with our campaigns, clients, bosses, you name it.
Don’t let excuses, or bad habits, get in the way. Here are X tips to becoming a morning workout person:
- Set Only One Alarm- If you have multiple alarms set, or plan on hitting the snooze button, you are subconsciously telling yourself that sleep is more important than your workout. Switch your internal message and only set one alarm. Your workout is the most important and if you know that you only have once chance to wake up and do it, you are more likely to actually get out of bed.
- Move Your Alarm- Place your alarm out of arm’s reach. If you have to get up to turn off your alarm, you’re already up, and therefore more likely to hit the gym.
- Ditch the Excuses- Most non-morning people try and argue that they get a better workout later in the day. “I’m too tired in the morning to move.” To those people there are two things I like to tell them. 1) What’s better, a more tired workout, or no workout at all? As we discussed earlier, evening workouts often get cancelled. 2) Our bodies love routine and will believe it or not, will begin to adjust.
- Pack Accordingly- Pack your bag the night before and lay our your gym clothes. If you pack your bag with work clothes, toiletries, etc. you’ll be ready to go and have nothing to think about in the morning. Call me crazy, most people do, but I even like to sleep in my gym clothes. My boyfriend may not be such a fan, but let me tell you, there’s no better motivator than waking up in a sports bra.
- Start small- If it’s your first time waking up to workout ever, don’t get too cocky and overly ambitious. You want to set yourself up for success by starting small. Since you will be tired, plan a low intensity cardio session, like walking or a light jog. A yoga or Pilates class is also great.
- Find a friend- If someone is relying on you, you better get your ass out of bed. Find a partner to workout with in the morning so you stay committed.
This may not be an easy transition but I promise it will be a worthwhile one. Start making this part of your daily routine now. Before the holidays arrive and your after-work schedule blows up with cocktail parties, make this a priority.