Whether you are a morning person or not if you have to make an early morning workout WORK then here are some tips to get you on your way.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a morning person. I tend to roll out of bed and am ready to tackle the day very early in the morning. Now 9 pm at night is another story.
I think that my body starts to wake up around 3:30 am and my husband’s snoring does me in and I am wide awake by 4 am not getting back to sleep. Ha! Sorry honey – MUAH!
Anywho – over time I have met folks who aren’t getting in their own workouts because they run out of time by the end of the day. They claim not to be morning workout people and that is probably true but I find if I don’t get it in first thing – it won’t happen.
I’m just being honest. Once the family is awake and activities start it isn’t unusual for me to look up and half the afternoon is gone. So if you would like to join me in this early-morning movement here are some easy tips to get you started and motivated so you have an effective workout.
Lay It All Out
Lay your clothes out the night before. Shoot – sleep in your workout clothes so you literally roll out of bed and are ready to go.
Recruit an accountability partner to accompany you. There’s nothing like someone else waiting for you to show up to make you get up and out to meet them.
Turn In Early
Go to bed by a reasonable hour. Try to get at least 7 hours of good sleep a night. Tape your favorite late night programs and watch them later vs. trying to watch them live. You won’t have energy for your workout if you don’t get enough sleep.
Show up in lights. This is for the runners who run before the sun comes up. Depending if you plan to workout outside – make sure you have proper lighting on your head or hands for clear view.
Even more reason to have a partner. I own knuckle lights while running in the dark and they are GREAT! I also did a review of knuckle lights if you are interested in purchasing your own.
Drink at least 16 oz of water when you first wake up. It will help you wake up plus get your organs lubricated and ready for the workout that is to come. I find this helps to wake me up further plus provides an initial dose of hydration for my pending workout.
To Sum It Up
I’ve been working out in the wee early morning for years and it works for me. If you consider it I don’t think you will regret it.
Plus, 3 weeks of doing something constantly produces a habit right? Once you begin waking up early your body will adjust and it will become second nature to you.
What is your best time to work out?
What tips would you add?