It’s a fact that exercising in the morning boosts your metabolism and energizes you throughout the day, so why is it so hard to get up in the morning? Our non-stop schedules make it so hard for us to get the proper rest we need. Waking up early is never easy but these helpful tricks should keep you from pressing the snooze button.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting the proper amount of sleep is crucial to our overall health and obviously important if you are trying to get up early. Morning workouts will keep you energized all day so a good night’s sleep is key to actually waking up on time. It’s common sense that if you are tired in the morning then it’s probably a good chance that you aren’t getting enough sleep. Try and hit the sheets an hour early so you aren’t robbing yourself of an hour each night.
Get a good, loud alarm clock and place it out of your arm’s reach, this will alleviate any unwanted snooze button smashes. I place mine across the room so I have to actually stand up to turn it off, and by that time I’m up.
Partners keep you honest and accountable for missing a workout. Get one that will actually wake up, if you get someone lazier than you, then your chances aren’t great. Chose someone with similar fitness goals so you can push each other.
Make a bet
Seriously, money can be an excellent motivator. You and your workout partner agree to a dollar amount, $1 or $5 usually works and put that amount in a pot each time you workout, first to miss a workout gets the money. If that’s not motivation enough, I don’t know what is.
New Workout outfit
Who doesn’t like new clothes? Get yourself some cool new training clothes and show them off. Lay out your outfit the night before so you are excited to put it on in the morning. Getting yourself-ready mentally is a huge first step to health.
Give it time
Fitness isn’t achieved overnight so you have to be patient. If you don’t see results in the first week or so, don’t get discouraged, just push yourself harder. Maybe switch the workouts up or add distance or time to your favorite exercises. Rome wasn’t built in a day and either are 6-pack abs, so don’t be hard on yourself and keep up the good work.
Your body is not loose in the morning, so it’s important to stretch and warm up before you do anything to strenuous. Stretching is an excellent way to wake up; it gets your body ready to workout and does it slowly and properly. We aren’t kids anymore; anyone over the age of 20 should be stretching before workouts
Put yourself out there on social media so you are accountable for working out. Tell your friends that you are exercising every morning, this will not only motivate you, but it also may get you a new workout partner or two.
Set yourself up to succeed by preparing the ingredients to breakfast and a smoothie the night before, so you can fuel your workout properly. A few minutes at night are way less important than the morning, where you are seriously pressed for time. Prepping is key to a healthy diet because when we are hungry we make bad decisions.
Set a Fitness Goal
Setting a fitness goal will give you something to work towards and will help motivate you to wake up every morning. A goal is something that you and your friends and family can route for and cheer you on. Having a strong cheering section always motivates me.
Hopefully these tips get you out of bed and working out every morning so you can reach your fitness and health goals.
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