8 Tips To Make Exercising In The Morning Easier
It’s Sunday night and you’re just about ready to turn in. You notice your gym membership card hanging on your key ring, and think, “Hmmm… it’s been a while since I went to the gym. I need to start going again. Tomorrow morning, a Monday, will be a great day to start!”
So you go to bed, set your alarm for 5 am, and fall asleep, excited to start building great workout habits in just a few short hours. But then, 5 am comes, your alarm goes off, your hand fumbles for the snooze, and before you know it, it’s 7 am and you have no time to go work out and have to get ready for work.
And the pattern continues, until you give up on the idea of working out at all and just set your alarm for work. Hence these tips will make working out in the morning a whole lot easier for you.
This has happened to the best of us. Mornings are hard enough without trying to get up an hour or two early to squeeze in a workout. However, studies have shown that morning workouts are highly beneficial. They may possibly even be better for you than evening workouts when it comes to building better habits and controlling calorie intake.
Why It’s Better to Exercise in The Morning
Starting off your day with a workout gives you a leg up on having a great day. When you take the time to put yourself first from the moment your day starts, you will find yourself to be in a better mood, more focused, and even more energized.
If you are already regularly working out in the morning, you know that missing a morning workout significantly changes how you feel throughout your day. Well, there’s science behind that! Exercising releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural way of improving both your mood and energy.
If you get your exercise first thing in the morning, you’ll also be less likely to skip your workout. If you get it done in the morning, it’s over and done with for the day. If you wait until after work, you may feel too tired to head to the gym and end up missing yet another workout! Other benefits include being less likely to consume unnecessary calories, lower blood pressure, and even burning more fat (when exercising on an empty stomach).
Try taking apple cider vinegar in the morning if you wish to speed up the fat burning process.
But like the above story relays, mornings are hard. Workout feels like an overwhelming task when everyone else is sleeping and you are awake to go work out. You know all the benefits of exercising in the morning, but the follow through feels impossible. But it doesn’t have to be! Here are eight simple ways to get yourself exercising in the morning.
1. Sleep in Your Exercise Clothing
This may seem odd, but it really does help! Workout clothes are typically pretty comfortable, and shouldn’t inhibit your sleep at all. Even better, when you wake up in the morning, you will already be dressed for your workout! It’s harder to have excuses about not getting up to exercise when half the work is already done for you.
2. Have All Your Workout Gear Prepared and Laid Out the Night Before
A quick five minutes before bed can save you lots of time and help you get motivated to get out of bed in the morning! Fill up your water bottle, set out your keys, and put your socks next to your shoes. If you plan on going from the gym to work or school, pack your gym bag with your towel, toiletries, and change of clothes.
Prep your meals and put them all in one place in the fridge and put your lunchbox out on the counter. Make sure your keys, gym bag, water bottle, and shoes are all together in one place – by the door even, for more convenience! The more prepared you are to simply roll out of bed and walk out the door, the more likely you will be to actually do so.
3. Plan to Meet Someone for Your Workout
If you know you have to meet someone at the gym or wherever you go to exercise, you will be much more likely to actually go. Having an accountability partner that you check in or work out with will make you, well, more accountable! It’s much more motivating to get out of bed to go exercise when you know someone else is doing the same thing. You can plan to do a workout together, go to an early morning class, or even just be at the gym at the same time, knowing that you’re both taking the time to get that workout done.
4. Put Your Alarm Clock Across The Room
When your alarm clock is perched nicely, right next to you on your bedside table, it’s easy to make that split-second decision to hit the snooze button. Putting your alarm clock on the other side of the room forces you to get up to turn it off, giving yourself time to second-guess that snooze button decision. And hey, you’re up anyway! Might as well stay up, right?
5. Start Small
Habits are built one day at a time. You don’t have to be a powerhouse that works out at 5 am six days a week. If you go from zero to 100 like that, you may get injured, discouraged, or overwhelmed and fall out of the habit before it is even established. Start off with just a couple days a week. Once you’ve done that for a few weeks, add another day, and so on. Pretty soon, you’ll look back and realize you have established a fantastic daily routine!
6. Go to Sleep!
It’s harder to get up early and exercise if you haven’t gotten enough sleep the night before. Plan your evening so that you can get to bed in time to get enough sleep before your morning workout. Even if that means not staying out as late or going to bed when others are awake. Establishing a consistent sleep schedule will be nothing but beneficial for both your health and your exercise routine.
7. Have Something to Look Forward To
Whether it’s a workout class, a great playlist you only listen to at the gym, or a certain non-scale goal you have, find a reason and way to enjoy exercising. If you don’t like to run but love Zumba, take the Zumba class and skip the run! Figure out what you enjoy doing and what works for you and make that your workout.
Additionally, figure out a personal goal you want to achieve through working out. Maybe it’s that pair of jeans you haven’t worn in years, or maybe it’s simply being able to keep up with those around you. Find something to look forward to and use that to fuel your workout.
8. Set Reasonable Goals
Rome wasn’t built in a day. You will not become a marathon runner, competitive weight lifter, or dancing queen in one day. Start off with small, manageable goals to achieve each week. Maybe one week, you’ll have a goal to run for five straight minutes by the end of the week. When you reach that, you can up your goal, and so on until you’re running a 5k, 10k, and even a marathon!
Be patient, take your time, and don’t beat yourself up over where you’re at. If you set small, achievable goals that build on each other, you will be much more likely to reach the ultimate goal than those who focus just on the ultimate goal.
Getting up early to exercise first thing can be hard, but it is worth it! You will feel happier, be much more energized, and your health will benefit from a healthy morning routine. Small changes, like setting out everything you need the night before, setting reasonable goals, and moving your alarm clock across the room will set you up for success. Try implementing these tips one day at a time and watch your morning habits improve immensely!