How To Motivate Yourself To Get Up Early For A Workout


If you are like me, then you want to get your workout out of the way as early as possible, otherwise you will spend the day finding excuses to miss the workout. But, there is a problem. Not many people like having to get up any earlier than they already have to. I know I don’t. I want to get as much sleep as I possibly can, as I don’t get enough as it it. The alarm goes off and I want just 5 more minutes. But, if I want to reach my goals and stay healthy, then I need to get up and get that workout done. I always know I will feel great after it.


This is actually my alarm at the moment. I HATE snakes, so it’s great motivation for me.

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I thought it would help if I shared the things that help me get up in the morning for my workout.

  • Pack your gym bag the night before – Knowing that everything is packed and ready to go will make it easier to get up as you don’t have much to do and you can be out the door quickly.
  • Make a workout schedule – At the end of each week, I write out my workout schedule for the coming week. I don’t always stick to it exactly, as sometimes things come up, but seeing it all written down makes it easier for me to stick to. I know I have to get up at 6am for my workout, so I do.
  • Tell the world – Who cares that your Facebook friends get annoyed with your updates about your gym. Better then updates about how wasted they are! Update the night before that you are heading to the gym early. You might even motivate someone to do the same. Once you have told the world about it, it is harder to skip.
  • Move your alarm clock to the other side of the room – If you have to actually get out of bed to turn your alarm clock off, then you are less likely to go back to sleep again.
  • Make sure you have great music on your iPod – Of course you are not going to want to get up for a boring workout. I put my favourite songs onto my iPod and reminding myself of that when my alarm goes off makes that workout much more appealing.
  • Make a date with a workout buddy – I know now everyone likes to workout with someone, but if you have arranged to meet some at the gym, you most likely won’t skip it as you won’t want to let them down.
  • Reward yourself – No, not with cake. If I have gone 2 weeks with getting up early for all my workouts, then that deserves a reward. I will treat myself to a new workout shirt or some nail polish or something.
  • Give it time – This isn’t going to be something you will instantly be able to do, so give it time to ease yourself in to it. But, your body with adjust to your new routine after a few weeks.
  • Plan your breakfast – Knowing that I have a nice breakfast after my workout makes it that much easier to get it done.
  • Turn of your TV well before bed – You need to give your brain time to relax before bed, otherwise you won’t sleep very well.
  • Get enough sleep – It goes without saying, but if you are not getting enough sleep, then you are not going to want to get up early.
  • Remember endorphins – Keep reminding yourself of how amazing you are going to feel after the workout.image1

What are your tips for getting out of bed early for a workout? Are you a morning or night exerciser? Leave a comment below.

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  1. Martin A. says

    I’m struggling bad with time management and not snoozing in the morning because I talked myself out of working out, making a healthy breakfast, packing a healthy lunch and all before I have to leave for work at 5:15am. I’ve got my alarm set for 3:45am and end up not getting up till 4:45 and end up stopping for fast food for quick convenient breakfast and sometimes fast food for lunch. Get off work at 5:30 or 6pm and go home fix a supper or relax on couch, or walk on treadmill for 20 minutes. I try to be in bed by 8:30 but is tough sometimes. I’ve got to be disciplined

    • Dannii says

      Spend an hour on a Sunday night preparing your breakfasts for the week ahead. It will save you time and you don’t have to get fast food.

  2. says

    Love those alarms! I just wake up on the first alarm and get up right away, I have never had a problem with snoozing or anything. I think the key is to do a workout you enjoy, and the getting up won’t be a hardship. I will be up (not too early) tomorrow morning for parkrun and am already looking forward to it :)

    • Dannii says

      I think the key is getting enough sleep. If I am tired, no matter how much I enjoy I workout I am just not going to want to get out of bed haha.

  3. says

    I’m more of an evening exerciser, as I usually workout right before dinnertime (or sometimes after if I’m taking a nighttime class). I actually like working out in the morning and often will do 20 minutes of yoga or HIIT before I start work if I have the time, but I don’t like to get up early enough to fit a whole workout in first thing, unless it’s the weekend…. so props to you for getting your butt out of bed early to get your sweat on!

  4. says

    Great advice here, and I love your alarm! That’s totally me. :) I don’t get up at 5AM, but I do hit the gym right after I drop the kids off. If I don’t go early, something’s going to happen to keep me away!

  5. says

    I used to be so good about getting up early to work out. 5am and up I’d be! And now…. ugh I need to get back in the routine. These are great tips!

  6. says

    Ooohhh, this post definitely hit a raw nerve! I set my alarm for 6.30 and pretty much never drag myself up before 7 – I get worse! Definitely got to study some of these tips and put them into action! :-)

  7. says

    I find it so much easier in the summer when it’s light outside. Once I’m awake I take 5 mins to visualise my day and then I can usually prise myself from under the duvet. I used to work as a baker so got used to early starts then which probably helps. Finding the motivation to work out though, that never happens!

  8. says

    Wow Dannii , it is so helpful, just in time! My problem is- I just can’t do early workouts more that twice a week, but I keep pushing myself! I guess it is just an age issue :) I would love to be able to do it at least 5 times a week :)

  9. says

    Great advice!! I am currently having the worst time on the planet trying to get up early.. and that’s just for my normal morning routine! lol.. I’ll be using this when I get my gym membership soon!

  10. says

    Great advice! Like I said in your other post, I REALLY need a workout buddy, it would make things so much more enjoyable….morning workouts are so hard especially with the weather being so cold right now in the UK!

  11. says

    Great advice!
    I’m one of those weird people who when my alarm goes off I’m BANG awake and out of bed. I just have to get up and out of there before I’m aware of what’s going on. I set my workout clothes and gear out ready in the other room and make sure everything is ready to just put on, grab and go. This morning my alarm went off at 5am and by 5.30am I was at the gym. I’ve mastered the art of super quick get-ups haha.

    • Dannii says

      My aim is to be one of those people. It will be easier in the summer, but at the moment, my bed is just so warm.

  12. says

    Hahaha…I HATE snakes, too…so that would get me out of bed. Fast. Seriously, though, great post. My wife and I have to keep each other going to get out of bed at 5am for the gym. But I love gym days…well, I love the feeling after working out. The actual gym? Eh, not so much.

    • Dannii says

      I totally am with you there. Remembering how good I feel after a workout is all that gets me out of bed in the morning sometimes.

  13. says

    These are such great tips, Dannii! And I love your alarm, I think the snake thing would do the trick for me too! Unfortunately I already get up for work at 4:30am, so getting up even earlier is too hard for me. But, this would be great motivations on the weekend or on days off!

    • Dannii says

      4.30am for work? Wow – big respect to you for managing to do that! Don’t get up early on the weekend – have a lay in!

  14. says

    To me, it is that you have to give yourself a reason to get up–like coffee, or something delicious or simply don’t give yourself another option!
    The snake in your bed would also work. But I don’t suggest it.

  15. says

    This is a great list Dannii…awesome ideas for helping us to keep motivated and on track. I especially like the idea of making a workout schedule. There is something about the act of planning it out and writing it down that helps me to be more consistent. Nice job!

  16. says

    I’ve just given up on exercising earlier in the morning. My brain doesn’t function that early so why should my body? ; ) However, when I used to do it, I would always set multiple alarms and have everything already laid out so I could just kind of stumble my way to the gym.

  17. says

    Hi Dannii! I love the idea of treating myself to a new nail polish (something cheap but makes you feel pretty) for working out say for 2 weeks straight on the old workout schedule. I just can’t reward myself with cake either in these instances because I feel like I just blew it. Plus, I’m such a “big eater” I consume a lot of calories a day, up to 4000 (chasing around small kids does burn a lot of calories though, it’s true!) that I don’t need the sugar to get me in a slump. And another thing, when you work out early, you don’t need a babysitter because your spouse is probably still home and the kids are asleep!

  18. says

    Great post! I always work out at night. My kids wake up way to early and I am definitely NOT a morning person. If someone tried handing me a jump rope at 6am I would throw my coffee in their face…oh wait, no not my precious coffee! Great motivational points. I’ll have to adapt some of them :)

  19. says

    Funny – my alarms look very much like that, too! I’ve found that while I love the theory of getting my workout in early in the day, it doesn’t work for the overall family schedule here. I get mine in after dropping the Kidzilla at school. I’m here by myself, I can use whatever equipment I need and shower when (and how long) I want without worrying about conflicting schedules with the Hub. It works.

    • Dannii says

      I try as much as I can to get it out of the way, but sadly it doesn’t always work that way. But I never use the excuse of not having anything ready or not wanting to get out of bed.

    • Dannii says

      I know lots of people that get up before their kids, around 4.30am to get their workout done. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but it does work for many.

  20. Pearl says

    Great tips! I am going to try these as the morning is really the only time that I have to workout, but I find it so difficult to get up.

  21. says

    Some really useful tips here. I totally agree with this one – Turn of your TV well before bed. I make it a point to stay away from all electronic gadgets an hour before I hit the bed. Makes it easier to fall asleep as the mind is already in a relaxed mode.

  22. Zoe says

    Hahahaha I love the notes on the alarm clock. Is that your alarm? Thinking that there was a snake in my bed would definitely get me up.

  23. says

    I never thought you would actually be able to come up with techniques to inspire me to get up early but you managed to!! Great practical tips, thanks for that :) I think the biggest thing for me is not making a goal, but a ‘decision’. I realized that after reading ‘The Audacity of Success’ with outrageous stories of success of all kinds. Amazing points above. Thanks for sharing them!! God bless :)

  24. Johanna says

    I motivate myself by one simple thought: not the thought about a straneous workout comming up, but the thought about that great feeling that you have when you just finished a nice workout – how good I feel when I’m done (and you know you don’t have to think about how to get around your workout for the rest of the day)

  25. Gail says

    I put my alarm the other side of the room this morning and it did make getting up a little easier, but I still didn’t want to get up lol

  26. Hayley says

    I am going to start writing all my workouts in my diary so I know when I have to workout. Good idea!

  27. Melanie says

    This is why I love having a fitness Facebook page. It isn’t anywhere near as big as yours, but I tell everyone about my workouts and I don’t want to let them down by not doing it.

  28. Cara says

    I wish I could get up early, but no matter I do I just can’t. My husband even offered to come to the gym with me, but I just want to sleep more.