“Rise and Shine Ladies & Gentlemen. It’s time to master your morning workout”
Do you ever think to yourself “ugh! What time is it?” You roll over, crack an eyelid, and check the time. “5 o’clock already? Is it really time to workout? But wait! I’m so cozy, warm and still really tired from the night before. Why should I get up and…(snoring resumes)”
Sound familiar? Morning workouts are tough! Even if you’re a morning person, it’s difficult to roll out of bed and hit the gym or the running trail before the sun is up. But, for busy professionals or those with children, it’s difficult to find any other time during the day that consistently works.
Benefits of Morning Workout Instead of Afternoon or Evening
- Some research suggests that those who workout in the mornings, are more likely to stick to a more regular routine. If you delay your workout to later in the day, it’s more likely that something will get in your way and you won’t end up at the gym.
- According to Time Magazine, a good sweat may also lead to better mental health. Also, your productivity level at work can go up, since exercise makes most of us feel less stressed.
- Research shows that you might be more mindful of what you eat during the day. You don’t want to ruin all that hard work you put in at the gym and eat poorly.
- Although a morning workout doesn’t mean burning more calories, it might actually help you burn more fat if you’re on an empty stomach.
So, this is why, it’s important to create a habit of waking up early and getting your workout out of the way before your day starts.
To help you accomplish this, here are 9 steps to become a morning person and create a morning workout routine that you will love in the long run:
Establish a routine
Humans are creatures of habit, and we love routines. If you have your morning pre-workout routine (Step 1: roll out of bed; Step 2: get dressed; Step 3: splash water on your face, and so on), the familiar will comfort you and help you stay faithful to your morning workout.
Set out your clothes and shoes the night before. When you get out of bed in the morning, you can go through the motions of getting dressed and heading out the door before your “But, why?” laziness kicks in.
Sleep early and sleep well
The key to getting up earlier: going to sleep earlier. You may not like missing out on all your social activities or Netflix shows, but it’s worth it! Once you get your body accustomed to the schedule change, it will be easier to get up early. Make sure to sleep a solid 7 to 8 hours per night. Make your room a “sleep palace” by blocking out all light, and noise.
Be smart with your alarms
- Set three or four alarms, all two minutes apart
- Place your alarm clock/smartphone at the far end of the room
- Set a song you absolutely hate as your alarm
- Buy a novelty clock (the kind that flies/rolls around the room, doesn’t turn off until you “shoot” it, or that turns off only when your feet are on the floor)
Unless you’re the kind of person who jumps out of bed, more alarms=lower chance of your going back to sleep.
It’s always easier to workout when you have something to look forward to. While you get in your morning workout, watch your show on Netflix, listen to an awesome podcast, or turn on an epic playlist. The more you look forward to that morning workout, the easier it will be to train through the sleepiness.
Have Coffee Brewed
The smell of fresh coffee is guaranteed to perk you up and give you the energy for your workout. Set the timer on your coffee pot. That way, there’s a fresh-made cup every morning on your way out the door.
Take 5 minutes before you walk out the door to practice mindfulness and better connect with your body. This will help your energy level and bring more awareness to your day. This might be the only time of the day where you can sit there in silence without noise and interruptions.
Meet up with a Friend
Find a workout buddy and meet up with them at least a few times per week. It’s less likely that you’ll cancel if you know someone is waiting for you. It’s also more fun to have company with you while you exercise and can help the time go much faster.
Make sure you’re hydrated
Make it a habit to drink water right when you roll out of bed. When you wake up, you’re usually dehydrated because you haven’t had anything to drink since the evening prior.
Waking up early can be bliss and not dreadful if you create a morning routine. As we discussed, there are benefits to becoming an early riser and getting your workout in before you start your day. If you follow the steps outlined, you will create a morning habit that will be beneficial to your physical and mental health.
Good luck on your journey to becoming a healthier, happier version of you.