Not morning person? You’re not alone. Not only do many of us not want to get up at the time our alarms go off, but we certainly don’t want to set that alarm even earlier so that we can get out of bed and do something that requires energy.
The problem with that is that for the vast majority of us, the best time to get a workout done is first thing in the morning. If we wait until later in the day, the odds are that our schedules will fill up and we’ll either feel that we don’t have any time to do it, or we just won’t have the motivation and energy to try.
Fortunately, there are a lot of additional benefits to exercising in the morning to make it even more worthwhile. For instance, once you’re done your workout, you will actually feel even more energized and ready to face the day. Many people find that when they start the day with a good workout, they think more clearly, they’re more productive and they are more efficient overall. Moreover, they’re happier in their work because their brains are full of endorphins that were released during their workouts.
That’s all well and good, but when the alarm goes off, where is the motivation? Here are a few awesome tips to help make it easier to get out of bed to face your workout first thing in the morning.
• Plan ahead – If you have everything ready to go even before you wake up in the morning, you won’t have to think about anything. You can just go do it. You won’t have to do any planning or even pick out your clothes. You’ll have chosen your workout, your outfit and your gear will be ready to go. You may even have made your breakfast the night before so that all you need to do is take it out of the fridge and eat it, or warm it up before you enjoy it. Having a diet pill for energy immediately upon waking can eliminate any feelings of fatigue.
• Choose great workouts – It’s a lot easier to motivate yourself to get up and exercise in the morning when you’re going to be doing an activity you actually like. Nobody wants to get up and do something they can’t stand. Instead, make your morning workouts the ones you love the most. Like a good run? Do that first thing in the morning. Love yoga? There’s tomorrow’s workout all picked out for you. Is swimming your favorite thing to do? Head to the local pool and dive in.
• Get a buddy – When someone else is counting on you to motivate them as much as you’re counting on them to motivate you, it suddenly becomes a lot easier to drag yourself out of bed to get going. After all, you’re not alone and you’re not just doing it for yourself. You’re doing it for someone else, too. Just make sure you pick out a workout partner who has a very similar attitude to morning workouts as you do.