Getting out of bed and leaving the toasty covers is just plain hard.
Anyone will admit to that.
Unless youâ€™ve established an early morning routine already, getting out from under the sheets and straight to the gym may sound impossible.
But what if youâ€™re tired of that evening crowd that never seems to get smaller? Maybe you feel drained from your 9 to 5 job and working out after a hard day of workÂ sounds like torture. If so, it's probably time to switch your routine around.
The benefits of working out in the morning
Working out in the AM has many perks that can suit you and your busy schedule regardless if youâ€™re an early bird or not. Here are a few benefits that can help change your perspective on getting to the gym before sunrise.
Youâ€™ll have more energy throughout the day
Exercise it a natural way to increase your energy levels. Science tells us that when we exercise, our bodies release endorphins that make us happier and feel more invigorated. By working out before work, your day will start off on the right track. That extra cup of joe wonâ€™t be necessary.
Youâ€™ll have more time on your hands
We only have twenty-four hours in a day to squeeze in everything on our agenda. Itâ€™s hard trying to cram in work, school, dropping the kids off at soccer practice, or whatever is on your itinerary. We canâ€™t increase the number of hours in a day, but we can start using them more efficiently. Working out in those early hours ensures that youâ€™ll have an entire evening to do whatever you please.
While the entire world around you is hitting the snooze button, youâ€™ll be crossing things off your to-do list.
Youâ€™ll have better and more efficient workouts
This is true for two reasons. First, you wonâ€™t be weighed down from any lingering stress or fatigue from earlier in the day. A morning workout is your fresh start. Not only should your head feel clearer, but your body should feel energized. Secondly, by avoiding that late evening crowd, youâ€™ll have access to more equipment. Instead of having to waste time waiting around, youâ€™ll be able to tackle your entire routine in record time.
How to motivate yourself for early morning workouts
Initially, it can be challenging to rewire your biological clock, but with some time, patience, and dedication, itâ€™ll become routine. If youâ€™ve decided to ditch exercising in the evening in favor of morning workouts, here are six tips on how to do precisely that.
1. Go to bed early
This is common sense but is often overlooked.
Whatâ€™s the point of getting up early if youâ€™re not well rested?
The best way to set a new bedtime is to do so incrementally. You wonâ€™t have much luck forcing yourself to go to bed at an unreasonable time. Every night, dial it back little by little until youâ€™re falling asleep and waking up at your new desired times.
Since it takes the human body approximately 15-25 minutes to fall asleep, you want to be in bed half an hour before your new established bedtime.
2. Try Alarmy
There are many apps on the market that specialize in getting you up and out of bed in creative ways.
One such app is called Alarmy.
Users have the option of either solving a math problem or spinning around in a circle ten times to shut the alarm off. These apps are made for people who sleep through their alarms or have difficulty taking that first step out of bed. If this sounds like you, you may need to take the plunge and start using a more sophisticated alarm.
The app also has a feature where you can scan a QR code to turn it off. If getting up before sunrise is proving to be a serious struggle, even with your alarm blaring, you can print the QR code and tape it onto your front door. This might sound extreme to some but is guaranteed to get you out of bed, dressed, and out the door.
3. Wear your gym clothes to bed
Wearing your tank and leggings or joggers to bed sets you up for success. Youâ€™ll be able to roll out of bed fully dressed and ready to workout, saving you valuable time in the morning.
4. Prep your gym bag the night before
Invest in a quality gym bag that has enough space for all of your things. If you have to head straight to work after your morning gym session, your bag should contain:
- A shaker bottle and protein powder for a post-workout meal
- Extra clothes and shoes
- Flip flops, a towel, and travel-sized toiletries if you intend to use the gym shower
- A separate bag for dirty clothes and socks
- A snack for later in the day
This is a pretty hefty list of items so to avoid potential scrambling, leave your bag stocked and ready by the front door for easy access the night before.
5. Implement a â€˜no electronics before bedâ€™ rule
Before bed, make sure you leave your devices charging in another room.
The glow emitted from your cellphone, laptop, and other electronic devices has been found toÂ boost your mood and help your productivity skyrocket. Typically, this would be a good thing!
However, right before bed, when your brain is supposed to be winding down for the night, the blue light from your phone can compromise your quality of rest.
Instead of scrolling through Instagram or checking emails before bed, replace this with a more soothing activity. Try swapping out cellphone usage for reading, meditating, or coloring instead.
6. Make your bed as soon as you wake up
Making your bed should be the first thing you do every morning. Not only does this help get you moving, but it also deters you from lying back down and ruining that perfectly spread out comforter. Youâ€™ll also come back home to a nicely put together bedroom.
Itâ€™s a simple tip, but this small chore can help you build the habits you need to start accomplishing more things before 7 AM.
When exercising to reach a specific goal, itâ€™s crucial to have your routine down.
Maybe you want to switch it up and try something thatâ€™s more time efficient and complimentary to your schedule. Waking up to exercise between the hours of four and six in the morning can be done no matter how much of a night owl you are.
By following these tips, anyone can begin their day with an energizing workout that will fuel their entire workday, boost their mood and productivity, and save them valuable time.