I have a tough time working out – especially in the morning – but when I do workout in the morning it sets the tone for my day. There are some really good reasons why you should workout in the morning, but my favorite is that I feel like a rock star when I’m done. 😉 The hardest part of getting motivated to workout in the morning is making it a routine and doing it consistently. Once you make it a routine to start your day off with exercise, your body will adapt, and you’ll end up feeling more energetic throughout the day.
Here are 10 tips to give you motivation to work out in the morning:
#1 – Get everything ready the night before.
Lay out your workout clothes, socks, shoes, ipod (or mp3 player), headphones, and put your water bottle in the fridge.
#2 – Set multiple alarms.
I set the alarm on my phone and make the title something motivational like, “I am Thin and Strong” and then set another alarm in another room. Hitting the snooze button is too tempting, but once you physically get up to turn off that other alarm it’s easier to get going.
#3 – Make it a daily commitment.
Treat your workouts like it’s an appointment. You get up everyday and go to work, right? Or you get up and take your kids to school, don’t you? I bet you don’t give doing those things much thought because it’s your routine. You have committed to doing those things and even though some days are tougher than others, you still do it. Commit to your workouts and your health in the same way. You deserve it.
#4 – Keep your playlist updated.
Try to keep the music you’re listening to up to date and enjoyable. It will make working out more enjoyable!
#5 – Keep it interesting.
Choose new workouts that you find enjoyable. Download an audio book that excites you so you have something to look forward to each day. You can also use apps like “The Walk” that offers an adventure story that only unlocks when you’ve walked (or run) a certain amount of time. Very cool.
#6 – Put up motivational quotes and sticky notes e v e r y w h e r e.
Put them by your bed, on your mirrors, on the fridge, and other highly visible places. This will help to keep you positive and focused.
#7 – Make it a date.
Making a date to workout with a friend or a personal trainer means you will be less likely to cancel.
#8 – Keep a physical exercise journal.
I love My Fitness Pal and Spark People, and I totally recommend them but there is something magical about writing things down. Looking back over your past workouts can often inspire you to push through tough workouts in the future.
#9 – Go to bed early.
You should strive for 7-8 hours of sleep each night so you feel rested and ready to go in the morning.
#10 – Have a good, healthy breakfast ready for when you’re done working out.
As you know, food is a great motivator so think about what you’ll have for breakfast the night before and make sure you have it on hand (overnight oats, protein shake, yummy omelet, etc).
There ya go! I hope you found these tips helpful. If you did, please share and leave me a comment below.