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8 Proven Ways to Get Out of Bed and Into the Gym
Is the tune of your alarm clock the worst sound you can imagine? You’re not alone! Not everyone is a natural “morning person,” eager to hop out of bed and take on their day. Do you ever envy those who already have their daily workout done by the time they roll into work? While you may not be a natural early riser, you can train your mind and body to rise and grind, kick-starting your day with some physical activity.
Knocking out your workout first thing in the morning has many benefits. Working out in the morning has been shown to help people make better food decisions throughout the day, since you don’t want to ruin the hard work you put in. You can rev up your metabolism for the day by sweating first thing. You also free your evening schedule, and avoid the risk of skipping your workout, for social activities. Read on for the top 8 ways to assure you’ll jump out of bed and get moving tomorrow morning.
1. Set your alarm and walk away. Set your alarm for the amount time you need to get up, get dressed, grab a snack and get out the door. Set it somewhere in your bedroom that forces you to get up to turn it off. When that tune goes off – you have no choice but to get moving, you’re already up!
2. Set out your outfit the night before and pack up your gym bag. To allow yourself maximum gym time and minimal rushing around the house time, make the morning easy for yourself by laying out your gym clothes next to your bed and your gym bag packed next to the door.
3. Lighten up. Turn on a bright light immediately after you get out of bed. The alarming light will alert you and help you resist the urge to crawl back into bed. With the lights on, it may be a good idea to crank up some music, too!
4. Stick to a schedule. You’ll be most likely to stick to a morning workout routine if it becomes a habit. Schedule yourself at least 3 days each week to rise and sweat early. After a week or two, morning workouts will become less work and more routine.
5. Fuel up. Find a quick, energizing, and healthy breakfast option that you can look forward to each morning. I suggest a slice or two of whole wheat toast with a few slices of avocado (sometimes I add a little salt and pepper). This grab and go meal takes less than 2 minutes, keeps me full through my workout, and it’s super healthy!
6. Warm up during your commute. If it’s an option for you (if your gym or studio is within a reasonable distance), walk or ride your bike to your workout. Making your morning commute your warm up will wake you up and save you time during your workout.
7. Create a killer play list. Creating a list of songs the night before that really get you pumped up will leave you looking forward to moving in the morning.
8. Make yourself accountable. Sign up for a class, meet up with a friend, or schedule a session with a trainer. Knowing someone is waiting for you will hold you more accountable to your early sweat session.