As you all know, I love to workout in the morning!
It sets my day off on the right tone, and my evenings are so much more relaxing this way!
I always workout at home. This is a great motivator for when my alarm goes off at 5 AM! Knowing I don’t have to actually go anywhere, or where/when I can shower, what time the gym opens, (yadda yadda) helps me get my workout finished in the morning – especially when I’d rather be sleeping!
Today I thought I’d share some of my tips with you on making sure you actually GET UP and FINISH that morning workout you’ve been trying to do for months – but the snooze always seems to take over… 😉
Really, it’s all about creating a morning routine!
1. Decide what workout you will do in advance
This comes easiest when you are following a laid out workout program like P90 or ChaLEAN Extreme. They come with a calendar you can follow and check off your workouts as you go!
If you aren’t doing something like this now, you should. Whether you are following a DVD program or something else you found on the internet, print it off. Write it down into a calendar. Get a weekly workout schedule. Make sure you know what workout you are going to do the night before!
Let me know if you need help with this – I have plenty of ideas!
2. Don’t waste time doing other crap.
I used to lollygag around (is that a word?) in the morning and feel rushed getting out the door. I thought I had all this time after my workout to get to work, then I’d look at the clock are realize I had about 15 minutes.
Why? Because I’d be checking Facebook or e-mail, make the bed, put away a few dishes that were in the sink…
Make sure your workout is the FIRST thing on your mind when you wake up – and just get it done. You can make the bed (if you have time) after you shower.
3. Prepare your normal morning distractions the night before.
Get your lunch ready, your outfit decided, your workout clothes laid out – or whatever it is that slows you down – the night before. Then you can LITERALLY roll out of bed (if you want), get your gear on and GO!
PS. FOOD PREPPING can help make this possible for you!
4. Go to bed a little earlier.
I know that nobody likes to hear this. I go to bed at 9:30-10:00 PM every night, and get up at 5:00-5:30 AM every morning (during the week).
Honestly, the morning workouts seem to help me sleep BETTER and through the entire night. I could never do this before I was working out in the morning! (That’s just me personally!)
Make sure you can get at the very least 7 hours of sleep before your alarm is gonna buzz.
5. Speaking of alarms…set yours farther away.
As in, farther location from you in your room. This works for people like me. Once I’m up, I’m up! No going back to bed. It’s worth a shot!