I get it! Waking up early to fit in a trip to the gym before work is tough! Believe me…I am not a morning person and LOVE my sleep. But sometime’s a girl has go to do what a girl has to do. So here are some of my tips that make getting out of bed to exercise a little easier:
Grab Some Early Shut-Eye
It’s not easy waking up when you haven’t gained a solid night’s rest, so if you’re really set on working out in the morning, try falling asleep at a decent hour the night before. Aim for 7-8 hours, and you’ll avoid feeling like a zombie.
Place Your Alarm Out of Reach
The easiest way to get out of bed in the morning, is if you’re forced to literally do so. One way of making this happen is to set your phone or alarm clock out of immediate reach.
Set Multiple Alarms
If you tend to hit the snooze button a few too many times, try setting more than one alarm, with the first one going off well before you plan to actually wake up. Eventually it will turn into a series of obnoxious sirens and disturb any extra sleep you’re trying to sneak.
Plan The Night Before
Chances are if you have to dig around looking for a sports bra in the wee hours of the morning, you’re going to: A) become frustrated and give up on the idea of working out all together or B) loose quality time spent at the gym. Plan ahead and set your outfit aside before crawling into bed.
Sleep in Gym Clothes
If the above tip doesn’t work, try sleeping in your gym clothes. I’m definitely a champion of this tip! It means you can literally roll out of bed and head to the gym. So even if you press the snooze button a couple of times, you’ll still have time to fit in that workout.
Do It With a Friend
In my opinion, there’s nothing more motivating than scheduling an early morning workout with a friend. It’s helpful knowing that someone had to wake up at the same time and is depending on you. Plus, there’s less wiggle room (time-wise) to bail. After all, it’d be hard to ditch your amigo knowing they’re waiting for you sleepy eyed and probably grumpy. Wouldn’t it?
Use a tasty treat as motivation to work out. We all need a little pat on the back sometimes, so if you’re really craving that Chai Tea Latte in the morning, go for it without feeling guilty because you’ve actually done something active.
It’s also important to remind yourself how good it will feel once your workout is done. You’ll feel energized and ready to take on whatever the day has to throw at you. Plus, the hard stuff will be out of the way and your evenings will be free to do whatever you please. Maybe it’s vegging on the couch watching your favourite TV shows, but hey, that’s OK because you were active in the morning! Enjoy and relax knowing that you did good.
Do you have any tips not listed above that I can add to my bag of tricks? I would love to hear them!