Have you wanted to get up early and workout, but not sure if you can commit? Yet the thought of working out at the end of the day seems impossible with kids, family, getting dinner on the table and more. It always seems like other things take priority over working on your fitness goals.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You can adjust your body to wake up early and workout in the morning.
I know it can be tough. There are days I would rather stay in my warm cozy bed but then I remember my goals.
Early morning exercise benefits
Waking up early to workout can be difficult at first. I have weighed the benefits of workout out early vs night.
Depending on your lifestyle and family, the benefits of working out in the morning usually trump evening workouts. Here are a few reasons:
There are fewer distractions in the morning – Morning workouts typically mean you’re less prone to distractions. When you first wake up, you haven’t started tackling your to-do list. With fewer distractions, you’re more likely to follow through with your workout than getting tied up with another activity later in the day.
Improves overall energy – Exercise boosts energy and reduces fatigue. When you work out, oxygen and nutrients travel to your heart and lungs. By exercising early, you may feel more energized throughout the day.
Enhances your metabolism – You can boost your metabolism by kicking off the day with a workout.
You will sleep better – Working out in the morning not only improves the length of sleep you will enjoy, but also your quality of sleep by promoting deeper sleep cycles.
Less people in the gym – There are typically less people working out earlier in the day than if you went midday or after work. This will give you more space and allow you to do high volume routines which require the prolonged use of various pieces of gym equipment.
So, how can you train your body to get it done in the morning? There is no magic pill but how about some tips that make it little easier to get up early?
Tips to help you get out of the bed:
- Find an early morning workout partner. Having an accountability partner is perfect because you know someone is going to be waiting on you.
- Set your workout clothes in the bathroom. They’ll be waiting for you as soon as you wake up.
- Or instead of putting your workout clothes in the bathroom, you can sleep in some of them. This is my favorite so I don’t even have any excuses.
- Go to bed earlier. You can’t go to bed at midnight and expect to jump out of bed at 5 or 6 a.m.
- Put your alarm clock or phone across the room. Make sure 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.
- Reward yourself after a week of getting up. Something like a manicure or pedicure sounds like something nice to do for yourself.
Seriously. Getting your workout done first thing in the morning can help you if you have a hard time in the afternoon or evening. The more often you do it, the easier it becomes.
What’s your why?
One thing I have found that helps with all of these is knowing your why. You need to identify why you want to get up in the morning. Is it so that you can spend more time with you family later in the day? Is it so you can ensure you get it done? Do you have a race or fitness goal to meet?
Identify whatever your why is and create a visual reminder of it. For you, it might be a sticky note with a written reminder, your running shoes or a picture of yourself or family in a place you can see easily. Use that visual reminder when you’re tempted to hit snooze or turn off your alarm clock altogether.
Are you an early morning riser or do you struggle?