How many times have you told yourself that you’ll fit in a morning workout to avoid doing it after work/school, but end up hitting the snooze alarm multiple times?
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I’ve been there more times than I’d like to admit.
I’m going to share some tips on how to break that cycle and finally commit to your goals!
Wear your workout clothes to bed or set everything out the night before
When you plan, you set yourself up for success.
Having your clothes already on or setting them aside will make it a lot easier for you to roll out of bed. I prefer to wear my workout clothes to bed, especially in the winter, because I can avoid being cold when changing from pajamas to workout gear.
Set Your Alarms
I always have at least 3 alarms preset. This does not make my boyfriend happy, but it does get me up and moving on most days. I label them with things like “Bootycall!” (This is what the Tone It Up team refers to as a morning workout because you’re getting your booty out of bed!), “Get up for your goals,” “Don’t Press Snooze,” etc. This helps you realize that getting up and out of bed won’t be as bad as it seems (at the time) and in the end, it will be worth it.
Have coffee or breakfast ready and waiting
Plan ahead so you have less tasks for your morning routine. Some ideas:
- Set a timer on your coffee maker so that it’s ready for you when you wakeup.
- Prep a meal or set out an on-the-go breakfast like a muffin or banana.
This way, waking up earlier won’t seem like such a bother. If you have coffee or breakfast ready, you can grab and go.
Stay accountable with a friend. You’re more likely to stick to your workouts and stay motivated, disciplined, and determined if you have someone that’s experiencing the same things as you. You’ll have someone to get you up and out of bed, and you can discuss your successes and struggles along the way. You’ll help each other stick to your goals.
A short workout is better than nothing
Taking time to do 15-minutes of yoga, toning, walking, or running is better than nothing. You’re getting your heart pumping, which is a lot better for you than those 15 extra minutes of sleep.
Don’t sweat it
Sometimes life just gets in the way. Don’t be so hard on yourself if for some reason you don’t get up for a morning workout. You have 24 hours in a day. You could easily go on a walk during a lunch break or workout after work. Don’t turn one bad day into a bad week. Relax and try to get after it the next day.
Go to bed early
On most days, I wake up, work from 9-6 (sometimes later depending on the day), and then I come home, relax a bit, eat dinner, and finally muster up enough motivation and energy to workout. I end up working out so late that I have too much energy to go to bed, which causes me to stay up even later and not be able to wake up in the morning. It’s a vicious cycle, but this can easily be fixed by creating a routine. If you get to bed a bit earlier, and this includes unplugging and actually trying to go to bed at a decent time, you’ll wake up earlier and a lot easier the next morning.
Every time you complete a morning workout, put a dollar into a jar and save up for something you really want like new clothes, accessories, or a movie you’ve been wanting to see. Choose rewards that allow you to stick to your goals, so you’re able to accomplish them.
Make it a habit
No one has ever regretted a workout. It takes 21 days to make something a habit. Stick with those morning workouts for just three weeks, and you’ll have your own rhythm and routine.
Remember the results
Starting your day with a workout sets you up for success throughout the day. It causes you to think about the food that you’re putting into your body. You wouldn’t want all of that energy you put into your morning workout to be wasted, would you? You’ll be more conscious because of how hard you’re working.
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