‘Please, just another ten more minutes’ you think, as you rollover, grunt and hit the snooze button for the third time in a row. If you’re not a morning person, then the idea of working out in the morning may seem like a challenge as tough as an Ironman triathlon.
But, with all the demands and last-minute meetings that crop up in daily life, getting your workout done in the morning means that you’ll have completed your health and fitness for the day – not to mention the range of benefits that you’ll feel at work.
Below we’ve compiled a list of top tips that will help you become the morning person you always knew you could be!
PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE
Plan your pre and post-workout before you go to bed so that when your alarm goes off, it’s as easy as possible to start working out. Arranging your workout wear next to your bed will make it far easier to motivate yourself to make to get ready during those groggy morning moments.
If you’re really averse to the early hours, then you can even sleep in your exercise clothes for the first few weeks until you become more used to your routine.
You need to be specific when you plan your workout so much so that the only task you really need to accomplish is getting out of bed.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Getting your recommended 7-8 hours of sleep is an essential part of being able to work out in the morning.
Having a calming bedtime routine such as reading a book or taking a night-time bath can help you get to sleep more quickly and contribute to better quality sleep through the night, so you’re raring to go early in the morning.
HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
Whether it’s preparing your favourite playlist the night before, planning a delicious post-workout breakfast, or just working out with your best friend, having something to look forward to after a workout can make it a lot easier to motivate yourself to exercise in the AM hours.
PLAN FOR EVERY OUTCOME
You planned to run outside, but now it’s snowing so you’ve got an excuse to slack off.
Well, not so fast.
Always prepare backup plans so if something gets in the way of your planned morning routine, you can always find a way to exercise before you head off to work.
Indoor routines such as watching youtube fitness workouts, performing your favourite body weight routine or following a workout prepared by a Fitmo coach will ensure that you never miss a morning workout.
This way you’ll always stick to your exercise routine, rain or shine and be more likely to stick with it in the long-term too!
COMMIT TO 10 MINS
10 minutes?! Yes really! 10 minutes exercise a day can be enough to start seeing or feeling a difference in your everyday life.
If you’re not up to doing intense exercise routines in the morning to begin with (don’t worry, you’re not alone), then try getting through just 10 minutes a day.
It’s a much more manageable challenge, and you’ll probably be quite surprised by the results!
ENLIST A PROFESSIONAL
If you still find it hard to get out of bed, hiring a personal trainer can get you motivated to get up in the morning.
In the same way, that you wouldn’t miss an appointment at the hairdressers, you are much less likely to miss an appointment with a personal trainer even if it is early in the morning.
THE FINAL REP
We admit it, becoming a morning exercise person can be a challenge, especially if you’re someone who just struggles to make it into the shower after you’ve woken up.
Just remember that the more you stick to your morning routine, the more it will become a natural part of your daily life – you might even start looking forward to waking up and working out.
How do you stick to your morning workout routine? We’d love to hear how you get up bright and early! Leave a comment below and join the discussion.
By: Fitmo Personal Trainers
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