An early morning workout may sound like hell to you, but it could also prove to be a great way to ensure that you work out daily and productively.
Getting up extra early and hitting the gym is the last thing many of us want to do, but if you have a busy schedule and don’t like your evenings to be dominated by monotonous gym sessions – definitely consider switching to early morning exercise.
Starting early workouts is the hardest step. It’s definitely not easy getting up early but here are 7 morning workout tips to help you successfully make the switch:
1. Go to Sleep in Your Gym Gear
Don’t allow yourself any excuses in putting off an early morning workout routine – go to sleep in your workout gear and have your sneakers waiting for you beside your bed. This way you’ll be able to jump start your morning easily without having to scramble round looking for your gym clothes beforehand.
2. Prepare Everything You Need the Night Before
Working out in the morning is going to mean you’re going to be on a tight schedule. As a result, don’t just prepare your gym clothes the night before – also prepare your work clothes, work materials, breakfast, lunch – and anything else you usually prepare in the morning. This will eliminate the typical excuse of “I don’t have enough time to exercise in the morning” and hopefully make for a less stressful workout and morning.
3. Set Your Radio to Something Inspiring
Set your alarm clock radio to a channel that plays music you find inspiring or set your iPod to one of your favorite tunes. This should beat the nails on a chalkboard sound of a regular alarm and help you feel more motivated about getting up, facing the day and completing your early morning workout.
4. Have a Light Snack
What to eat before a morning workout? Some people can workout on an empty stomach but many can’t. Try to always have at least a couple of bites of something before you begin working out in the morning as this should provide you with just enough fuel to keep you going and then you can enjoy a well earned hearty breakfast once you’ve completed your workout.
5. Visualize the Rest of Your Day
Before you work out remind yourself why you’re doing this and how great you’ll feel at the end of your workout – knowing that you won’t have to hit the gym after work but instead have an evening entirely free. Keep this vision in mind and this should make your morning workout that bit easier to get through. This is a good morning exercise habit that will keep you mentally fit.
6. Make it Part of Your Routine
Once you’ve accepted that working out in the morning is part of your routine, it should become a whole lot easier to do. Make sure that you workout early multiple times a week (ideally daily) to ensure that it becomes part of your routine and no longer a chore or something that is avoidable. Once it is part of your routine, it will be like second nature.
7. Go to Sleep 30-45 Minutes Earlier
In order to make your workouts less exhausting and stay energized for the rest of the day, aim to go to bed 30-45 minutes earlier than you usually do. This extra sleep will allow you to wake up feeling refreshed as opposed to groggy and more able to take on a challenging workout. The best morning workouts will come when you have the energy for it.
So what are you waiting for? Set your alarm and be prepared to get up in the wee hours for a good morning workout!