If you are sick of using “I have no time to workout” as an excuse when your friends or family mention exercise or you are too tired after a long day at work to hit the gym, you need to consider waking up early for an a.m. workout. I know you probably already wake up before the sun comes up. And you may not be a morning person at all, but that can definitely be changed. It’s all about routine, creating a schedule, and making a plan. Eliminate excuses by making a solution!
In order to start working out in the morning you first need to have a plan. Pick how, when, and where are you going to workout. If you are a member of a gym, most gyms open super early around 5:00 a.m. Or you might like the idea of working out at home or running outside. I typically do a few TABATA rounds in our garage because it only takes about twenty minutes and I can get in a total body workout without having to lift any heavy weights super early in the morning. Here is a link to the Total Body TABATA Workout I do in the morning.
When the sun starts coming up earlier I can also go for a run outside, but I refuse to run in the dark so this can’t happen very often throughout the year. Or I like doing a workout video in the morning so I don’t have to think or count reps. I access a ton of different workouts like The 21 Day Fix Extreme, P90X, Hammer & Chisel, and more by using Beachbody On Demand (<— click for a FREE 30 Day Trial). When going to bed the night before be sure to also set your alarm early enough so you have enough time to get out of bed, change, drink water/have a snack, and get to your workout space.
Here are some tips I have read about and many of which I do myself when I need to set the alarm even earlier to get in a quick sweat session early in the morning.
1. Set out your Outfit the Night Before
And this might sound crazy, but plan to wear bright colors. This might make you more excited to put them on. I sometimes even sleep in my a.m. workout clothes so I don’t even need to worry about changing. Be sure to have your socks and shoes set out as well.
2. Prep a Playlist
Have a workout playlist with upbeat songs ready to go and start listening to the music as soon as possible once you get up. The music can get you pumped up for your upcoming workout. And try using these Wireless Headphones.
3. Place your Alarm Clock Away from you
If you are using your phone as an alarm clock set if far away from you such as on a dresser so that you physically need to get up out of bed to turn it off.
4. Have Water and A Snack Ready
The night before place a large glass of water next to your bed and have a snack such as a banana, smoothie, or granola bar ready if you need the extra fuel. Start drinking the water as soon as you get up and have the snack easily accesable as well.
5. Do NOT hit SNOOZE
I am so guilty of this, but letting your body sleep an extra ten minutes does not make it any less tired. Plus if you hit snooze once that extra ten minutes might turn into twenty, thirty, and then your workout time is gone.
6. Turn on the Lights
I can’t flip the switch in the bedroom because my husband (and dog) are still sleeping. But as soon as I turn the bathroom light on it instantly helps me wake up.
7. Splash Yourself
I have read several times that splashing your face with cold water is supposed to help wake you up which can prepare you for your workout.
8. Treat Yourself
Many of us are motivated by rewards, especially food. Plan to have healthy pancakes or french toast after a morning workout or treat yourself to Panera or your favorite brunch spot if you have the time.
I personally enjoy a protein smoothie made with either Shakeology or Vega Protein and some warm oatmeal. Morning workout means two breakfasts 😉
How to Build the Perfect Smoothie
9. Think About How you’ll Feel After
This is the biggest one for me. I know if I don’t get up to workout and don’t have the time to do it later, I’ll spend the ENTIRE day regretting it. I love the feeling of accomplishment after a morning workout and my body has much more energy throughout the day.
10: Make it a habit
Life is all about habits and routines. Once you have established a routine of waking up early to workout your body won’t even question it. Plus you’ll be so obsessed with the great feeling after a workout you won’t want to miss out.
Hope some of these tips are helpful for those of you looking to fit a workout into your daily schedule.
If you need some extra motivation follow me on Instagram where I post many of my daily workouts and meals. And visit my Fitness Page for some great cardio and strength training workouts like this Cardio and Abs Circuit Workout.
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