How To Become A Morning Workout Person
Many of us simply weren’t born to be morning people and dread the idea of exercising first thing in the morning after waking up. Too bad there’s a heap of benefits to be gained from morning workouts. Exercising is actually a great way to start your day. Plus, it allows you to relax in the evenings instead of always trying to find a good time to schedule your workout.
If you’re trying to become a morning person, there are a number of things you can do that will make the transition easier.
Work Out With A Friend
It will be a lot easier for you to find the motivation you need to work out if you do it with a friend. You and your friend can motivate and encourage each other. When one of you doesn’t feel like working out, the other can give them the push they need. You can have your workout buddy meet you at the gym.
Get the Right Gear
It’s a lot easier to get yourself out of bed when you know you have comfortable gym clothes to get into. Having ill-fitting running shoes or sports bras will make exercising more painful than necessary and give you one more reason to sleep in. Outfit yourself in clothes that make you feel strong and confident. Don’t forget about things to keep your extremities warm in the winter or accessories to help you listen to music — the details make all the difference.
Lay Your Clothes out the Night Before
You can prepare for your workout the same way you prepare for the workday. If you lay your work clothes out the night before, you should take your gym clothes out as well. It’s just easier to get up and out of the house when you don’t have to spend 10 minutes looking for something to wear.
Establish a Regular Bedtime
Many people struggle to work out in the morning because they were up too late the night before. It’s very important to get enough good rest. Your body and mind require seven to eight hours of sleep every night in order to recharge.
Do Something Enjoyable While You Exercise
Exercising will be a lot more enjoyable if you can simultaneously perform an enjoyable activity while doing it. For example, if you love listening to podcasts, then great, listen while you’re working out, or listen to music instead. And if you have a dog, take them for a good, long walk. Not only will you get some valuable exercise into your day, but you’ll also be making your dog that much happier, and seeing your dog so happy can often be contagious. It’s a win/win and win again scenario.
Figure out What Days Work the Best for You
You may not be able to work out every day of the week, which is why it’s smart to determine the days that work best for you in advance. Many people need to experiment for a while before they find the schedule that works best for them. So long as you’re working out four to six days a week, you’ll be able to reap all the hugely important benefits of exercise.
Take a Class
Most gyms offer early morning fitness classes, both to accommodate their members work schedules but also because many people find fitness classes to be fun and energizing first thing in the day. It will be a lot easier for you to exercise if you find it enjoyable. Furthermore, you’re more likely to stick to your fitness routine if you commit to taking classes. You probably don’t want to be that person who walks out before the class ends. One more reason why you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
Give Yourself a Tasty Treat
Experts recommend that you have a post-workout snack within 30 to 60 minutes of exercising. If you’re not going to eat a full breakfast after working out, then you should at least have some tasty treat. Try a blended smoothie with protein powder, greens, and frozen berries, or perhaps a parfait with fruit and yogurt. That extra nutrition will help fuel your entire day.
Remind Yourself of the Benefits
Exercise isn’t always easy — even when you’re somebody who loves it. But you can motivate yourself by regularly reminding yourself of all of the benefits it brings both well-known and lesser-known. A healthier body, a clearer mind, and endorphin release are just a few of the many ways you’ll benefit from regular exercise. But the list is endless because exercise, like it or not, is probably the single most important thing you can do to take care of yourself, right up there alongside a healthy diet. So if you can arrange to do it first thing in the morning, you’ll not only be maximizing the benefits, but you’ll be more energized and focused throughout the entire day.
Do you workout in the morning? What helps you wake up early to exercise? Let me know in the comments below!