Sometimes staying under the warm covers can seem much more appealing then hitting the gym at the early hours of the day. However, exercising in the A.M. jump-starts your metabolism, and keeps you burning calories at a higher rate all day. Also, you get your exercise out of the way and don’t have to worry about not having time for your workout routine, should something unexpected come up during the day.
Try these seven helpful tips to help you get out of bed and into the gym.
Pack Your Gear
Before bed, set out your clothes, charge your iPod, and leave your shoes by the door. With everything ready and waiting, it'll speed you on your way.
Make it a Date
Having a fitness buddy makes you obligated to show up for a morning workout. Make a weekly plan to meet at the gym early in the mornings. You’re less likely to bail out on a morning workout if you know someone is waiting for you.
Get Some Sleep
It’s much easier to rise and shine in the morning when you're truly rested. That means turning in 7-8 hours before you plan to wake. Shut off all your devices and lower the room temperature an hour before going to sleep.
Move Your Alarm
Set your alarm across the room so you have to get up and out of bed to turn it off. Then, once you’re up, flip on the lights. Turn on some music to get you excited.
Tell the World
We're not suggesting you share every detail of your workout with the world but getting feedback and support from your social network can help assure your morning workout happen. Mention how you’re trying a class in the morning.
Make Breakfast a Priority
A small meal you can digest quickly that contains protein and complex carbs will fire up your brain and give you the energy you need to break a sweat. We suggest yogurt and fruit, peanut butter and apple slices, hard boiled egg, or whole grain toast.
Super Sleep? Give it Time
When you first start morning workouts it may be hard for you to jump out of bed and exercise instead of hitting snooze. But after a week or two, your body will adjust to your early workout routine and it will be easier for you to get to the gym.