This is a topic that I’ve struggled with more than most. There’s something about mornings that my whole system completely disagrees with. But I’ve realized—especially after having a child—that I tend to get busier and busier as the day goes by, making it more difficult to get away to the gym as each hour passes. I’m sure you can relate! And while I’m not one to support the “no time” excuse for skipping a workout, we all can admit that it’d be a lot easier if we got our workout done in the morning before our day gets too busy. So how does one turn into a morning workout person? For some of you, this might seem like an impossible task, but I promise that there are many tricks to make this a much easier transition.
Turn Into a Morning Workout Person with These 6 Tips
1. Wear Your Workout Clothes to Bed
This has been one of the most successful things I’ve done recently to make my mornings easier. If you can’t sleep in your gym clothes, at least have them picked out and ready to go so you don’t waste any time getting ready for your workout.
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2. Find an Exciting Morning Class
Does your gym offer group exercise classes? If so, try to find one that’s appealing to you and stick with it. This will make your morning workouts more exciting and give you something to look forward to as you go to bed.
3. Get a Morning Workout Buddy
Study after study shows that if you have a workout buddy, you’ll work out more often and be less likely to cancel. Find yourself a friend who can work out with you in the morning so you both can hold each other accountable. Being a morning workout person doesn’t have to be a solo journey.
4. Prepare your Breakfast or Post-Workout Treat
Things like overnight oats or protein shakes can be prepared the night before. The goal here is to make it as easy as possible, so when you’re yawning and having a difficult time opening your eyes, you don’t have to think about how to make breakfast happen.
5. Think about How You’ll Feel After
Think about all the times you got home from a long day and had to make yourself get to the gym. Remember how hard it was to find the motivation and time to get in your workout after braving traffic, making dinner for your family or getting the kids ready for bed. Days get busy! Don’t focus on the difficulty of getting up earlier or adjusting your bedtime; focus on the reward of finishing your workout before your day even begins. Think about all of the free time it will create as a result!
6. Set Two Alarms and Move the Clock
I have a client who intentionally places her alarm clock clear across the room so she’ll be forced to move in the morning when it goes off. Do whatever you can to avoid hitting the snooze button by setting multiple alarms a few minutes apart as well.
Believe me, if I can turn into a morning workout person, you can too. All it takes are some creative tricks to help you get used to breaking a sweat earlier in the day. I promise you that changing your workout time will free up a lot of time later in your day and help guarantee that you remain consistent. Now get to bed so you can wake up tomorrow morning for the gym!