We all know that feeling. Monday morning after a long weekend and your 6am alarm goes off to exercise… or any morning for that matter! You wouldn’t be human if you jumped out of bed straight away with a skip in your stride! It was weeks before my body got used to this change, but when I finally did, it started to become so much easier and I slowly started to become a morning person. Once you get into a consistent routine, it becomes habit. To help any of you out there who are wanting to exercise in the morning but currently struggling to wake up, I’m sharing my 10 top tips to help you!
Make sure you have everything ready the night before. I can’t explain how much this helps. I’m talking every last thing! You want this process to be as easy as possible, so rolling out of bed with everything ready right next to the bed is a good place to start!
#2 EARLY NIGHT = EARLY MORNING
For the first few weeks of starting on an early schedule, I would highly recommend an early night. If you’re up late and tired in the morning, you’re unlikely to pull yourself out of your warm, cosy bed – especially in the winter!
#3 SET MULTIPLE ALARMS
And say sorry in advance if you have a partner you’ll wake up every day! I usually set 3 alarms, but most of the time I’ll get up after the second. Make sure they are close together, and if necessary set as many as you need to force yourself out of bed. It will be annoying, but it really works!
#4 PLAN YOUR WORKOUT
Waking up without knowing what you’re doing is a sure way to stay in bed. Do a plan every Sunday evening or each night before to ensure you know exactly what you’re doing when you wake up.
Make sure you drink a good amount of water when you first wake up. Obviously this isn’t the time to be downing a litre of liquid, but you need to make sure you’re hydrated for your workout.
Have a post-workout treat planned. Whether that’s your breakfast or a protein shake. Your body will need something to keep it going so make sure to eat right away if you can, to replenish your muscles. I used to wait until getting to work to eat anything, and would always feel really unwell and weak on my journey. I then started making protein smoothies to have right away, and would eat my breakfast when I got to work. I usually do my morning workouts fasted, however if you’re doing a heavy weights session I would recommend eating something beforehand.
Make sure you’ve got a good playlist on hand to get you through your workout. This is great for your motivation!
It may sound silly, but listening to motivational podcasts or reading up on anything fitness related before going to sleep will give you some motivation to get up in the morning.
Drag someone down with you! If you’re going to the gym or a class, arrange to go with a friend. You’re much less likely to skip a workout if you know you’re letting someone down.
Reward yourself if you do get your morning workout done. I like to treat myself with a takeaway coffee on my way to work as it’s one of my favourite things. It also helps with tiredness and is basically life – for me anyway! If you don’t like coffee, maybe a fresh smoothie or healthy snack from your favourite shop.
So there you have it! Ten things that worked for me and changed my lifestyle completely. Some may work for you, some may not, but be sure to try them all out and remember that it doesn’t happen overnight! Give your body time to get used to the change and it will become easier each day!