Feeling inspired you set a 6:00 am alarm with every intention to wake up early for a morning workout. The alarm rings, you hit snooze a few times, check your Instagram and wait for that inspired feeling to hit once more. Oddly enough, the idea of getting back into shape suddenly sounds as appealing as soy bean curd for breakfast. You tell yourself, “I’ll start next week.” Sure, we’ve all been there. But luckily there are ways we can trick our bodies and minds into getting up early until it becomes routine or at least feasible. Use these tricks to get yourself out of bed and become that morning workout person you’ve always wanted to be. After all, the early bird catches the worm.
Pack gear in advance – Digging through the dresser half asleep can be as challenging as the intended morning workout. Before going to bed, set out a set of work out clothes so when you wake up they’re ready to go. This will save you a lot of time and effort in the morning.
Don’t sleep next to your phone – Move the phone away from your bed at night so when the alarm rings in the morning, you are forced to get out of bed to turn it off. Hitting the snooze button in half-zombie mode will prove more difficult. Also, keeping the phone away from you at night decreases exposure to electromagnetic radiation that phones constantly emit. Who want’s that?
Get to bed early – Going to bed early seems like a no-brainer, but it’s just as important to remember as anything else. Once your body gets in the routine of going to bed early, it will automatically start waking up early. To ensure a good nights rest, stop using all devices an hour before bed, take a melatonin for good measure, and remember to put your phone across the room!
Have a light snack – Having a heavy breakfast might make you feel sick mid-workout, but not eating anything will decrease your energy and stamina levels. Grab a Perfect Bar or a light well-balanced brekky snack for just right amount of energy you need to break a sweat without losing your cookies.
Use the buddy system – It’s harder to blow off that 6 a.m. run when your friend knocking at your door. A workout buddy provides motivational support and healthy competition. Set regular workout dates and stick to it!
Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. Use these strategies to develop regular morning workout habits and it soon it will come all-natural!