Do you want to get up for an early morning workout? You choose mornings because working out at the end of the day can sometimes be difficult with kids, family, getting dinner on the table and more.
However, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can adjust your body to actually get it done in the morning. I know it is tough. There are days I would rather stay in my warm cozy bed then head to the gym.
As of now, I only do one morning a week because I prefer strength training after work. But when it comes to running, I prefer it earlier in the day.
So, how can you train your body to get it done in the morning?
5 tips to help you get out of the bed
- Set your workout clothes in the bathroom. They’ll be waiting for you as soon as you get up. I’m a little different because I sleep in some of them so I don’t even have that excuse.
- Slowly inch back your bedtime. You can’t go to bed at midnight and expect to jump out of bed at 5 or 6 a.m. Getting a good night’s sleep is necessary.
- Put your alarm clock or phone across the room. You have to physically get out of the bed to turn it off.
- Put your water bottle in the fridge the night before so all you have to do is grab it and go.
- Find an early morning workout partner. This is perfect because you know someone is going to be waiting for you.
Seriously. Getting your workout done first thing in the morning can help you if you have a harder time in the afternoon or evening. The more often you do it, the easier it becomes.
I’m split on mornings and afternoons
I prefer to work out in the afternoon, basically when I get off of work. After a long day at work I look forward to taking out my frustrations in the gym. When it’s warmer outside I will even take to the pavement at lunch. It breaks up the day.
Don’t you have moments when you want to spazz out on someone? This helps me with that on most occasions.
Cardio, on the other hand, is easier or better for me in the morning. The winter or colder months are the only drawbacks. During warmer months I can do hill repeats outside my apartment, hit the pavement or a variety of other things.
The goal is to get it in where it fits in. I have no problems adjusting my schedule as well as blocking time on my calendar to go to the gym.
Are you an early morning riser or do you struggle?