They say, “the early bird gets the worm”. Who knows if that’s actually true or not.
Some of us are morning people and some of us are not. There’s no right or wrong way to be, and there are benefits to being a morning person and benefits to being a night owl. I happen to be a morning person- I have been since I was a kid. I love going to bed early and waking up early. My best workouts happen in the morning and it’s truly the best start to my day.
I love to have my workout done, my shower done and breakfast eaten before the sun comes up. Some days it’s hard to wake up early to workout though. There have been many days that I couldn’t get to bed early the night before or I didn’t sleep well through the night and all I wanted to do is “snooze”. One thing that I have learned about myself over the years is that if I follow the tips that i’m about to provide to you, i’m almost always going to wake up and get moving; bright and early.
- Plan Ahead. Plan your schedule/workouts for the week on Sunday if you can. That way you have an idea of how much time you’re going to need for the workout, and it’s less thinking/planning the night before or the morning of. I find that I get my best workout in when I know going into it exactly what i’m going to do; ie: how long I plan to do cardio and what muscle group i’m going to lift. If for some reason the workout you have planned won’t work for that day, it’s okay to switch it up.
- Pack accordingly and get in bed early. Setting your gym clothes out the night before is a great idea and it saves time in the morning. Also, pack your bag with your work attire the night before so that the only thing you have to think about in the morning is, tossing on your already picked out workout clothes, grabbing your gym bag for the day and getting that workout in. “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”
- Keep the alarm away from your bed. This is a must for me. If you want to get your morning workouts in, setting your alarm across the room is a great idea. For me, the hardest thing about getting up in the morning is getting out of my warm, snuggly bed. Once my feet are on the ground though, it’s GO time. If I have to get up and walk across the room to turn off that annoying buzzing sound, then in my mind, I might as well just stay up.
- Flip a switch. Once your feet are on the ground, turn on a light. This helps me finish the wake-up process. Feet on the ground is first and then the light. Whether this means turning on the lamp that’s next to your bed, turning on multiple lights around the house or maybe simply just opening up the blinds. You have to find what works for you.
- Personal Pep-Talks. This may sound weird, but it works for me. On the days that I really, really don’t want to get out of bed and get a workout in, I become my own cheerleader and have to give myself a personal pep-talk. I will say things to myself like, “What is an extra 25 or 30 minutes of sleep going to do for you?” “You know you will be so thankful tonight after work that you already got your workout in”. Or my favorite, “Other #Workitout100 Warriors are awake right now and are dominating their workouts…you should probably get up and get your workout in!”
- Final Resort, Instagram. You wouldn’t believe how often I use this trick, and how often it actually works. Struggling to get out of bed in the morning? Not wanting to get a morning workout in? Open up the Instagram App on your phone. If you’re anything like me, you follow a ton of inspiring, motivating and encouraging men and women who make health+fitness a priority in their daily life. If I begin scrolling the feed there will be a handful of people in the first few posts that are up & at ’em; more often then not, they’re already done with their workout while i’m still in bed. That right there, is motivation.
These are just a few tips that I use to help me get up and get moving before the sun comes up. They may work for you, they may not. Give them a try. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so give these tips a fair- go and let me know what you think.
Are there any tips you use to get yourself to wake up in the morning? I would love to hear them.