Ever had those days where you just don’t want to get up from bed, even though you planned to workout first thing in the morning? You have the best intentions: getting up and grabbing a little something healthy before working out. But suddenly, you lost the will to even open your eyes and face the beautiful morning ahead. Lucky for you, we’ve got some tips to get you up and ready for an amazing morning workout session!
1. Get your workout clothes ready the night before.
The quickest way to get going is to have your workout clothes folded and ready from the night before. We suggest placing it right beside your bed, with your sneakers in tow. When you wake up in the morning it’ll be the first thing you see, which will give you the extra motivation to get going! You’ll also save time! Those few precious minutes of indecision will be gone and you will get ready for the day, quicker!
2. Set up an uplifting alarm, and place it AWAY from your bed.
What better way to wake up in the morning than to wake up to an uplifting message to yourself?! We love “Rise and Shine Beautiful” or “Let’s get after this, Warrior!”, or perhaps “You’ve Got This!”. Waking up to a message that encourages us to go after each day gives us the extra ammo needed when we are tired in the morning.
Also, another tip – Place your alarm far away from your bed! Perhaps on the other side of your room! It will force you to get out of bed and turn it off. And once you are up (and see the gym clothes folded from the night before 😉) you are far more likely to stay up and go after your workout as planned!
3. Treat Your Self!
After you’ve finished your workout, have a reward in place. Perhaps a delicious breakfast, some time in the sauna, or maybe it’s stopping at your favorite park to read a book before the day starts. Whatever it is, let’s try to give ourselves something to look forward to at the end of our workout session. The reward chemical in your brain (dopamine) will be ignited and get the the motivation to get up and go!
4. Find an accountability partner.
Here’s the reality: If we have someone we are accountable to, we are far more likely to show up. Meeting a friend at your workout, or simply texting your friend when your workout is complete, is a great way to stay committed. Studies show you are 65% more likely to achieve your goals if you have structured accountability in place.
So find that like-minded friend who’ll check in on you and see whether you’re up and ready. And you can return the favor and do the same for him/her. The best thing about having an accountability partner is you get to be each other’s biggest cheerleaders and motivators. You know you won’t let your friend fall short on their health goals, and you know they’ve got your back as well.
5. Finally, aim to get your workout done in the morning.
The most amazing surge of energy comes in the morning. By working out in the morning, you can kick start those endorphins creating an even more productive and fulfilling day.
You’ve likely had that feeling of achieving your fitness goals so early in the day. Doesn’t it make you feel like you can do anything? So why not ensure we can feel that way as often as possible? Aim to get your workout in before the demands of the day to creep up. We promise, once you do it a few times it becomes a habit.
Working out in the morning also elevates your metabolism, improves your mood, increases your focus, and prevents overeating/overindulging throughout the day.
Not a bad way to start the day!
Yes, it can be deliciously tempting to stay under the covers and revel in the warmth of a soft, comfy bed. But you know what’s better? Knowing you’ve got your health under your control and knowing that with each small decision you make, you’re making your mind and body stronger and getting one step closer to your goals.
We suggest slowly incorporating these tips into your regular routine. Slowly is key, give yourself time and grace to build this habit. Even if it’s 10 minutes in the morning – just aim to be 1% better each day. Remember, the only bad workout is the one you didn’t do.
Now, let’s go after it!
Do something today that your future self will thank you for!