Whether you are struggling with not having enough hours in the day or ready to change up your workout routine, early mornings are a great time to get things done. Boosting your metabolism early on kick-starts your healthy day! Regardless if you are planning a morning run, cycle or heading to a group fitness class, these tips are for you!
Set multiple alarms
Let’s be honest, one alarm doesn’t always cut it. It is much easier to hit the snooze one time compared to the dozens of times you will have to hit it with multiple alarms. My advice is to set two alarms, an early alarm and an on time alarm. The early alarm will wake you up and get your mind prepped. Even if you hit the snooze button, it will be ok! Set this alarm 20-30 minutes before your on time alarm. The on time alarm will go off at the exact time you need to get up, get around and make it to your workout. Psychologically, you will feel like you hit the snooze button and drift into a soft sleep, making it easier to wake up with the second alarm.
Have your workout clothes and gear set out
This is a must! Chances are you will have a much harder time getting out of bed if you have to pick out clothes to wear. If your clothes are staring you in the face when you roll over, you don’t have much of an excuse.
Go to bed at a decent hour
A given, but getting in the habit of going to bed 30 minutes to an hour earlier makes all of the difference. Make it a priority to go to bed 30 minutes to an hour earlier than normal every night for one month. When it’s time for your early morning workout, you’ll be well rested and ready to go!
Implement your daily routine into a morning routine
Do you drink a cup of coffee every morning? Read the paper? Check social media? Whatever you normally do, you can still do it at 5 am, 6 am or 7 am. That’s the beauty of the 24 hour news cycle and Keurig coffee machines.
Make plans right after your workout
One way to ensure you will get up in time for your workout is to make plans right after. Need to grab some groceries? Early mornings are a great time for that! No lines and less traffic across town! Forgot to stop by the ATM last night? Same deal, no lines and less traffic! Another option is to make a coffee date with an old friend or sibling. Making plans will help you hold yourself accountable.
Have a small breakfast/snack pre-made
You’re more than likely going to be hungry whenever you wake up, no matter the time of day. I always advise people to eat a little something before they work out. If you talk to anyone who has tried the early morning workout thing, they might have said they felt sick when they ate before the workout. It’s true, your body reacts a little differently when trying something new. Therefore, that bagel and/or bowl of cereal may not be the best idea. Instead of a large, normal-size breakfast, try something smaller but sustainable. My morning go-to is a CLIF Bar and/or some fruit. You might also try some almonds, an apple with peanut butter, or a homemade smoothie. Whatever you choose, make sure it has some protein packed in it! That will prevent the sickness-feeling and help keep you energized!
Buy a new workout top that you’re excited to wear
You see this tip given to a lot of people who are trying to begin working out. Same thing goes for beginning a new regime. Need some motivation? Buy a new top or sports bra that you’re excited to wear! It will be an extra dose of motivation to look and feel fabulous!
Think of every morning workout as a really important meeting you cannot miss
Technically, you are blocking off your schedule and meeting with yourself. You wouldn't cancel a meeting with your boss now, would you?