If you get it done early, the rest of the day is yours.
Whether your life involves a string of busy evenings packed with activities or errands, or if you regularly end the day with complaints of fatigue from daily stress, you might want to incorporate morning workouts into your schedule.
If you barely have the energy to flop onto the couch by evening time, morning workouts may be the best option for your daily fitness duty. Need more motivation than an alarm clock to hop out of bed early? Research has revealed that morning exercisers tend to push through harder and longer workouts than afternoon or evening exercisers, which translates into more calories burned.
If you don’t consider yourself an “early bird” or “morning person,” here are some suggestions for how to prepare the night before, so you can get up and be raring to go for your morning workouts.
Skip The Morning Scavenger Hunt
Don’t give up on the morning run because you can’t find your sock or sneaker or shorts. Prepping the night before only takes a few minutes and helps avoid wasted time frantically searching for the essentials. Do a load of laundry if you need to, and then lay out your workout clothes so when you wake up, you can dress easily and go. Some extremely tired devoted morning exercisers even wear part of their outfit to bed!
Gear Up And Prep Your Stuff
Charge your iPod, put your yoga mat or armband by the door, put your fave fitness video in the DVD player, or lay your dumbbells next to the TV.
Eat Right To Train Bright & Early
Since working out on an empty stomach isn’t great for your metabolism or your energy levels, pre-make a little morning snack and keep it in the fridge so you can quickly grab it to nosh on while getting ready. Half a slice of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, apple slices with cheese, and ingredients for a small smoothie are the perfect pre-workout snack. If eating before a workout is not an option, make sure you fill up on breakfast afterward.
Early To Bed, Early To Rise
Be sure to hit the hay early so you’re well rested, and set your alarm to wake up to your favorite peppy song. If you tend to hit the snooze button way too many times, try putting your alarm clock on the other side of the room.
Pencil It In To Force Yourself Out
Text or call a friend to set up a fitness date. If you decide on a time to meet in the a.m., you’ll feel obligated to go, even if your mind and body tell you otherwise.
Get Psyched! Motivation Is A Wake-Up Call
Check the schedule at your gym or studio, and choose an exciting and inspirational class to look forward to. A 6 a.m. cardio class with your favorite instructor or sunrise yoga in a heated studio is sure to pull you out of bed. Or if music moves you, create a new workout playlist to motivate.
Reward Yourself With A Post-Workout Treat
Plan a special breakfast to eat after your workout as a reward for your efforts. You’ll get through your workout a little faster knowing there’s a hot cup of coffee and homemade oatmeal pumpkin spice bread waiting for you at home.