Early to Bed. Early to Rise.
The key to working out in the morning is to be well rested. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep so waking up can be a little easier. Using a sleep app alarm, like sleep cycle, can also help since it will wake you up during your lightest sleep phase, making you feel well rested!
Use the Buddy System
When you know someone is waiting on you, it can definitely motivate you to get out of bed. So partner up with a friend and hit an AM class together! You can also rely on friends for a quick pep talk in the wee hours of the morning. I always text my bestie when I’m having a hard time waking up and she always responds with something motivational that gets me to the gym.
Don’t Hit Snooze
Studies have actually shown that hitting the snooze button when your alarm goes off makes you more tired! So instead of snoozing for an extra 20 minutes, jump out of bed the first time your alarm goes off. Trust me it works, you’ll be up before your brain even knows what’s going on! Another great trick is to set your favorite song as your alarm, this way you won’t want to hit snooze. Or better yet, place your alarm across the room so you have to get up!
Be Ready to Sweat
Sleep in your work out clothes. (Yes really.) Think about how much time and effort you’ll save! If you’re thinking there’s no way, then at least sleep in your sports bra or prep everything the night before. Layout your clothes, shoes, socks and water bottle so you can still save some time and be ready to go right when you wake up!
Let There Be Light
Let your mind know it’s morning! Turn on a bright light and wiggle your little fingers and toes. You can also sleep with your blinds open and let the sun wake you up. But if you’re up before the sun, get out there and watch the sunrise as you finish your work out session. There’s nothing like greeting the sun to help make it a great day, plus that sunrise will make for an epic Instagram! (Win-win!)
Give Yourself a Pep Talk
As you lay there contemplating whether to get up or go back to sleep, convince yourself to get up! Tell yourself “You can do it!” and think about how much better you will feel once you do! Give yourself something to look forward to whether that’s your favorite breakfast or a Starbucks run before work. Also be sure to ask yourself, “If I don’t go now, will I go later?” Most of my motivation comes from knowing that if I get up and work out, I won’t have to later 🙂
After a long night’s rest, our bodies can be slightly dehydrated. Drinking a glass or two of water when you wake up can help give your body the boost it needs! Caffeine is also a great option! Have a cup of joe! Not only will it wake you up but it can help increase your endurance and pain tolerance during your work out!