If you’re trying to get into a steady morning workout routine, you already know that hitting the snooze button is all-too-tempting. Battle the urge to skip your workouts with these helpful tips. You’ll be joining the ranks of the early morning workout warriors in no time!
Waking up early is hard enough, so set yourself up for success the night before. Plan what you’ll wear, what you’ll eat, and the type of workout you do. When the tough decisions are already made, all you have to do is roll out of bed.
If your morning workouts mean you’ll be waking up earlier from now on, don’t forget to switch up your evening routine. You’ll probably need to go to bed earlier, for starters. Earlier workouts might also mean getting the kids ready for school the night before, too.
You’re going to need some hearty fuel to get your body ready for the rest of the day, so don’t skimp on breakfast. One great option is overnight oats. They’re so easy to make, and you can customize the nutrition in your oats to fit in with your overall fitness goals.
Let’s face it, not everyone has the time for a 60-minute workout on a weekday morning. If that’s your reality, don’t stress too much, because there are still plenty of workouts you can do. Just take a look at this article about neural morning primers (NMP). These small, 5-10 minute circuit-style bodyweight workouts are a great way to start the day, especially when you’re low on time.
If you have half an hour, try this 30-minute workout that maximizes your time in the gym.
If you try to start the day with an activity you hate, chances are you’ll find any excuse to skip that morning workout. Find a form of fitness that you love and look forward to, even if it means trying out a few different types of exercising.
Sticking to a workout routine is so much easier when you know someone else is counting on you to show up. Working out with a buddy also means quality friend time is built into your workout, so it’s a win-win.
If you can’t convince a friend to join you for an early workout, fitness classes could be the ideal solution. Other people who are also sweating through their sleepiness can offer a huge boost of motivation and encouragement.
If working out early is new to you, there’s no shame in taking things slow. Start with a short workout at home, then ramp things up as you start to get more excited about the results you’re seeing. Before you know it, you’ll start looking forward to that 6 a.m. spin class.