Rarely do I wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to start the day. Getting in a morning workout has not always been my thing, but I have found that it’s really the best way to start my day.
I am not exactly what you would call a morning person. I don’t love waking up early, and I often don’t have a ton of energy to get-up-and-go first thing. Getting in a morning workout, especially during the week, is not always easy with all the responsibilities of daily life.
It can be all too easy to put off a workout in general. Life can get in the way, and if you don’t schedule a dedicated time for fitness, it can get bumped off your agenda before you even realize it. I have learned that if I get in a morning workout, I have more energy and I make better choices throughout the day. Here are 5 easy tweaks I made to become a morning workout person.
1. Set Two Alarms
Before you go to bed, set 2 alarms. Set your first alarm for the time you need to wake up for your morning workout, and set your second alarm for the time you need to finish your workout and start getting ready for work. I’ve found that if I don’t plan accordingly, my workouts take too long and I get frazzled with not enough time to get ready. This can make morning workouts more of a stress inducer than a stress reliever. With better planning and time management, you can easily get in a workout even if it’s just 15 minutes.
You can also set your alarm to play your favorite music. Create a morning anthem playlist and have Alexa wake you up to it. It’ll get you going as soon as you wake up.
2. Mark Your Calendar
Plan out your workouts ahead of time. You’ll save time in the morning by not having to think, and just having to move. Put your workouts on your calendar so they are part of your regular day. My week usually looks something like this:
- Monday: Yoga
- Tuesday: Cardio Circuit
- Wednesday: Strength Circuit
- Thursday: Yoga
- Friday: Strength Circuit
- Saturday: Cardio Circuit
- Sunday: Yoga
I also try to get in a walk most mornings, which I don’t always count as a typical morning workout but is great for my overall wellbeing. The point of planning it out is that you don’t have to think about what to do in the morning, and you don’t have to waste time deciding what workout to do. Just check your schedule and go do it.
3. Don’t Think About What to Wear
The biggest obstacle to me getting out the door, for any occasion, is deciding what to wear. If I know that I’m working out the next morning, I’ll lay out my workout clothes the night before. When I wake up, the first thing I do is brush my teeth and get dressed into my workout clothes. It becomes a routine. Even if you aren’t working out right away, I find it’s better to get dressed for it to minimize excuses if you lose motivation. When you’re in your workout clothes, it’s a heck of a lot easier to workout.
4. Prep Your Coffee Ahead of Time to be Morning Workout Ready
I can’t function without coffee in the morning. I have a programmable coffee maker, and I set it to brew before I get up. That way, I have my coffee right when I wake up and I get the caffeine buzz going before I go. This Cuisinart Programmable Coffeemaker has changed my life and I highly recommend it!
5. Find your Morning Workout Inspiration
What motivates you to move? Is it a new workout plan you’re excited about? A picture of someone that embodies your goals? A picture of yourself from when you felt your best? Make yourself mini motivation reminders. Stick a photo or a post-it of a favorite inspirational quote or goal on your bathroom mirror or on the inside of the cabinet where your coffee cups are.
Whatever your reason for getting in a morning workout, you can make it easier by removing roadblocks that can often get in the way. Make a few tweaks in your routine, and you’ll be up and at ’em in no time.
How do you motivate for your workouts?