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 the infographic below shows), 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.
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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.
- Have you coffee cup ready to be filled – Take a look at the infographic below by Jordans. It shows that a massive 57% of people need coffee to fuel their day ahead. The rest of the statistics on how people start their morning are really interesting too – 64% of people say that a warm and sunny day helps them get their day off to a good start. I know a sunny morning helps me to get out of bed.
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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