I’m not going to lie to you and say “oh my gosh, I’ve found 7 morning workout tips that miraculously make getting up for a workout at the crack of dawn suuuuuper easy.” Working out in the morning is HARD. In fact, it totally sucks sometimes. BUT I do have 7 tips to make you way more likely to actually do it.
A couple of these are things I’ve done for years, and they’ve worked off-and-on, but I have a few new ones and I think this combo is finally doing the trick. I just HAVE to get my workouts done in the morning, or I am extremely unlikely to do them. ESPECIALLY in the winter. Plus I just do a thousand times better if I work out on an empty stomach, or close to it.
So here are my 7 morning workout tips to make you get out of bed for an early morning workout.
1. Put your alarm away from your bed.
Make yourself get out of bed to turn your alarm off. The more likely you are to crawl right back in bed, the farther away you should put your alarm. I’ve put mine in the kitchen (which is the opposite side of my apartment from my bed) when I’ve gone through bad streaks of not getting up, and it really does help.
2. Get out all of your clothes the night before.
Put them with your alarm. Get up, turn off the alarm, and get dressed right away. Get out absolutely everything you need to wear during your workout, down to your hair tie.
3. Do something fun first.
This is one of my new tips and it’s been a real game-changer for me. I’m capable of getting up and doing a workout immediately, but that is really hard. It makes the workout crummier sometimes, it makes me procrastinate getting up sometimes, and a stiff “just woke up” workout stinks. Plus I’ve discovered that I have ZERO balance first thing in the morning, and considering I need balance for a ton of workouts, that can be incredibly frustrating.
For awhile after reading about doing something fun pre-morning-workout, I’d get up and stretch lazily in front of the TV when I first got up. That helped immensely. Now I’ve stepped it up even more. I’m getting up another half an hour early so I can sit in my beautiful office and either do my own blogging or read blogs and sip on some tea before a workout. It’s much easier to get up to do something I love doing, and then when it’s time to workout my body’s had a chance to ease into the day more.
4. Turn on the lights right away.
I know, I know, it’s so hard! I’m terrible at turning on the lights in the morning. But now that we’re in serious fall/winter territory, you have GOT to see some light to really wake yourself up! Turn on the warmest lights in your house so it’s not a complete shock to you, but turn on the lights. My gorgeous twinkle lights in my office really do the trick. They really light up the room, but somehow are not at all hard on the eyes.
5. Drink lemon water.
Water helps perk you up first thing in the morning and is better to drink on an empty stomach before a workout than coffee (though a half a cup of coffee before a workout is actually helpful, so if you need both go ahead. Just make sure you also drink the water.) The lemon is optional and won’t really affect you waking up, but it’s a great boost of vitamins and revs your metabolism so why the heck not add that goodness first thing in the morning?
6. Decide what your workout will be the night before.
Or even map out your whole week of workouts at the start of each week. Just make sure that you don’t leave it to your groggy morning self to decide what kind of workout you’ll be doing, because you might find yourself doing a whole lot more super easy yoga than you’d normally plan in a week 😉
7. Plan a strict “start by” time.
Don’t tell yourself to get up, do something fun, drink some water, and just wait to see when you’re ready to workout. Work backward from when you need to leave the house, how much time you need to get ready, how long you plan to workout, and give yourself a strict time when you need to start getting your workout on! It doesn’t matter if you’re in the middle of whatever fun thing you’ve chosen to do or still have some water to drink. Workout at a set time.
Give those a try and tell me how your morning workouts go! I really hope my morning workout tips give you a little head start.