It’s 5am and you are comfortably lying in bed when your alarm clock breaks the peace to summon you for a morning workout.
“I’ll have time later.”
“I’ll get it done after work.”
They’re thoughts we’ve all had as the temptation of the snooze button takes over.
However, working out in the morning is the best thing you can do because you are immediately setting the tone for the rest of your day.
If you get yourself out of bed these are the benefits you’ll be rewarded with:
Spike Your Metabolism – When you workout at high intensity your body continues to burn calories after the workout, even when you’re not moving. So, if you get your workout done early on a morning, you’ll still be burning calories while you go about your daily tasks.
Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy – Movement can be an excellent source of energy, something many of us need when we start our day. But beyond that, morning exercise has been shown to improve focus and mental abilities all day long.
Improve Your Mood and Feel Happier – Exercise releases endorphins that improve your mood. Working out in the morning is always a great way to put yourself in a happy place to take on your day. This endorphin release will keep your spirits up all day long and leave you with a better attitude.
Develop Strong Self-Discipline
Waking up early on a morning to exercise certainly requires self-discipline. It’s not easy at first and does get easier over time. But while you’re training yourself into a routine, the discipline is likely to spill over into other areas of your life too.
Making morning exercise part of your daily routine isn’t easy at first. You’ll have to be disciplined to wake up early. But it just takes a little time and practice to make it a habit. Here’s seven tips to help you get started:
1. Go to Bed Earlier
It goes without saying, if you go to bed late, you’re going to struggle getting up early. Aim to get 7-8 hours of rest a night.
Lay out your workout gear in the bathroom the night before. Have your running shoes ready at the door. Music playlist ready.
3. Move Your Alarm
Set your alarm clock and then move it away from your arms reach, so that you have to get up out of bed to turn it off.
As soon as the alarm goes off, jump up turn it off, and get in the shower. Quickly shower and clean your teeth. This will wake you up straight away.
5. Drink Water
Before you leave the house drink a glass of water to hydrate your body.
6. Keep Your Workout Short but Intense
It’s not easy getting out of bed if you know you have to go through a 60-90 minute workout. Instead, complete a 20-30 minute HIIT style workout to get it done quikcly. Psychologically it makes getting up easier, plus HIIT style workouts are going to help spike your calorie burning!
7. Rehydrate & Refuel
Drink more water and eat a healthy breakfast as soon as possible after your workout. This part is even easier if you prepare your breakfast the night before too. Overnight oats are my favourite; tasty, nutritious and saves me time on a morning.
If you’re not a morning person, try these tips to motivate you to wake up and get going.