8 Tips to Make Yourself a Morning Workout Person
If you’ve read through some of my articles, then you already know that I am a huge fan of exercising first thing in the morning. The morning is definitely the best time to exercise for many reasons, including how it will boost your energy, even your mood, decrease stress, and allow you to go about your day without worrying how you are going to fit in your workout. That being said, It is much easier said than done when it comes to getting yourself to exercise first thing in the morning.
Below lists the top 5 ways to become a morning workout person:
1. Set your clothes out the night before
The less you have to fiddle with in the morning, the better. Make it easier on yourself by setting out your workout clothes so that they are ready to go for you. You won’t have time to talk yourself out of it.
2. Plan your workout ahead of time
Planning your workout makes it more likely that you will be doing that workout. Know what your workout is going into it, so you know what to expect and you can look forward to it.
3. Tell yourself the downsides of not working out
It’s hard for everyone to just get up and go exercise and using some mind tricks on yourself is a great way to get yourself to do it! Think about the downside of not working out. Will you feel tired? Moody? More stressed? Probably all of the above! Tell yourself how bad you will feel if you don’t just get up and go, it will work!
4. Imagine how you will feel AFTER you exercise
This goes along with the above. Think about how great you will feel after your workout is done. Not only does it make you feel good both physically and mentally, but it also makes you feel a sense of accomplishment – which is what you want first thing in the morning!
5. Keep it short but effective
If you worry about having enough time in the morning, then make your workout intense and workout for a shorter amount of time. This is another way of saying high intensity interval training, or HIIT. This type of exercise is even more effective than long steady-state exercise anyway, plus it saves a ton of time!
6. Go to bed early
Count back 7-8 hours from when you need to wake-up and make this your new bedtime. You want to get enough sleep so that you will feel rested and your body will be ready to tackle a workout in the morning. Read more about why you should make a sleep a priority here.
7. Consider a cup of coffee
If you have a little extra time in the morning and feel like you need a few minutes to wake up before you go straight into your workout, then consider having a cup of coffee in the morning. Drinking coffee before a workout has shown to boost fat burning – read more about the benefits of drinking coffee here.
8. Bring a friend
If you can get your friend or partner to workout with you in the morning, the better! This will keep you more accountable for your workout because you won’t want to let them down!
Anyone can become a morning workout person, it just takes some planning and determination to start making it a lasting habit.
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab
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