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.
- 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.
- Plan your breakfast and snacks – On heavy workout days, I have 2 breakfasts. A small one before my workout and a bigger one after. The pre breakfast gives me energy for my workout and knowing that I have a nice breakfast after my workout makes it that much easier to get it done, plus it helps me to refuel.
belVita sent me this hamper to help ‘soften’ my morning, as we are getting in to winter, and to mark the launch of their new Soft Bakes. What a cute little hamper that arrived! Lots of things that are going to make the day ahead that little bit easier. Although, I think the hot water bottle will make me want to stay in bed even longer haha.
I have been having a belVita Soft Bake and a coffee (in my personalised coffee carrier that I got sent) before my workouts and it’s a nice little boost. I am not usually a fan of breakfast bars, but I am really impressed with the ingredients in these. Made up of wholegrain cereals like buckwheat, oats and spelt, it has the carbs that I need before a workout, and they are slow releasing carbs too. Yes, they do have some sugar in them, but I am not anti sugar at all. They are also a good source of fibre. vitamin B6, folic acid, iron and magnesium.
Most importantly, they taste great! Dave have been taking them to work too, as he isn’t great at eating breakfast at home and I feel good knowing that he is having something that is going to keep him going until lunch. They do a banana bread flavour that I want to try next. Yum!
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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**This post on How To Motivate Yourself is sponsored by Belvita, however all opinions are my own**