Follow these rules to get your zombie-like self up and at 'em for a kick-ass start to your day.
Working out before the rest of the world is even awake takes extreme effort, dedication, and self-motivation. But if you fine-tune your strategy, it's much easier. So what tips & tricks do people who regularly exercise in the early morning use? We're stealing advice from famous trainers, body builders, and fitness models that are guaranteed to get you motivated bright & early.
Here's the top 8 rules to crush your morning workouts:
1. Prepare your bag and get in bed early.
Before bed, check to see what's on your morning workout schedule and prep your gym bag accordingly. If your workout is at 6:30 a.m., get in bed no later than 10:30 p.m. so you're getting the full 8 hours of sleep your body and brain need to recover.
2. Make your morning smooth-sailing.
To enjoy getting to the gym early, getting out the door needs to be as painless as possible. Aim to be out the door in 5-10 minutes. This means: lay your workout clothes out the night before, have your water bottle filled, and your coffee ready to brew. You only need to do the bare minimum, like brush your teeth.
3. Have A No-Snooze Strategy.
Put your iPhone or alarm on the other side of your bedroom so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you're up, turn on the lights and some energizing music, then stretch a little to wake up.
4. A Yummy Breakfast Is The Best Incentive
You don't need to eat too much before your workout, but you should eat something balanced beforehand (half a protein bar or half an almond butter sandwich). Then, drink 1 or 2 cups of water to hydrate. While you're working out, dream about the amazing Protein Smoothie Bowl or Oatmeal Bowl you're going to enjoy when you're done.
5. Make it a habit.
To get to your bigger goal of working out every morning, it's okay to start small. Try waking up early every other day. That'll give your body time to catch up on sleep - which will feel like a reward. From there, you can start introducing more early workout days once your body's adjusted. The most important thing is to stay consistent.
6. Motivate yourself with a personal note.
It's hard to prioritize washboard abs when you've got fluffy, warm covers cuddled around you. Before you go to bed, write yourself a few sentences about why you want to do this and place it on your night stand. Then, before you decide to press snooze, read it - it might just give you the mental boost you need!
7. Set an alarm one-hour before you want to go to bed.
Getting up early starts the night before. By setting an alarm an hour before you want to hit the hay, you'll develop a mental & physical habit to use that time to wind down, put away electronics, prepare for tomorrow, and/or read a book.
8. Just do it.
Sometimes, you're not going to feel like it. Do it anyway. Everybody experiences those days, but if you just get up and go through the motions, it'll help put you back on track. You'll be glad you did, too!