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.

10 Tips for Waking Up Early to Workout

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 😉

Delicious ways to add more protein to your diet.

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.


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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.

Cardio and Abs Circuit Workout. Strengthen your core and get your heart rate up with these body weight exercises.

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2 Comments on 10 Tips for Waking Up Early to Workout

  1. Amanda
    March 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve recently started working out in the mornings, and while the idea sucks (for me… SO not a morning person), honestly I am just as tired when my alarm goes off whether it’s at 5, 6, or 7… why not get up and get something in that will make me feel accomplished before I even hop in the car for work! Not to mention working out early in the day gives me a lot more encouragement to keep on track all day and not negate the workout by over indulging in unhealthy snacks or a huge/heavy dinner.

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm (1 year ago)

      I agree you’re tired no matter what time you wake up so why not get that workout in early. I love the feeling of driving home from work knowing I can enjoy my afternoon without having to fit a workout in too. Keep it up girly!

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