I’ve mentioned it on here many times before, but I am a big proponent of the morning workout. Honestly, if I don’t workout in the morning, I typically don’t do it at all.
Some people think it’s crazy — they love sleep too much; they’re too tired; they’re not awake enough to get in a good workout — the reasons are endless. And, I’m not saying they’re not valid. But there is nothing — nothing — like the feeling of waking up and getting in a workout before other people are still sleeping. For me, a good workout is like a good cup of coffee — it helps me start my day off right!
From years of early morning workouts, here’s my advice for getting up and getting that workout in — even if you’re not a “morning person.”
- Plan ahead: Before your week starts, look at your schedule and see when you can fit in a morning workout. If you have an early morning meeting or a late night get together tonight before, know that you won’t be able to workout in the morning, and be okay with that. Plan your week out and know which mornings you’re going to work up a sweat!
- Lay out everything you need the night before: Your clothes, your shoes, your socks, your sports bra, your hairband, your water bottle, your iPod, your headphones, your pre-workout snack, your keys — put everything together so that you don’t waste any time in the morning.
- Sleep in your workout clothes: I know it sounds crazy, and trust me — a lot of people have told me I’m crazy for doing this. But, I’ll just wear my workout clothes to bed (yes, sports bra and all), so that I literally just have to jump out of bed in the morning, lace up my shoes, and be on my way. My theory is that if you’re going to be uncomfortable all night in a sports bra, you had better get your butt out of bed and to the gym in the morning to make it worth it!
- Find a friend: It’s easier to get up if you know someone is waiting for you. Ask a friend to get up with you, and commit to working out in the mornings.
- It’s always worth it: I won’t lie — I hate myself when my alarm goes off at 5:45 a.m., especially when I didn’t get to bed until almost 11 the night before. But, the second my feet hit the pavement, I’m so glad I woke up and it’s always, always worth it.
Do you work out in the morning? How do you find your motivation?