Exercising first thing in the morning jump starts your metabolism. This not only boosts your fitness goals, but also takes care of your energy levels throughout the day. Studies have also proved in the past that working out in the morning also improves mental alertness. Most people won’t argue against these benefits, but they still have an issue exercising in the morning due to lack of motivation to wake up!
However, it’s not the end of the world. There are ways to get motivated for a morning workout. Here’s a look at 10 tried and tested ways.
- Move your alarm clock: Don’t sleep with the alarm clock next to your bed. If waking up is a big problem for you, then one of the best ways to deal with it is to fix your alarm on the other side of the room. That way you leave yourself no option but to get out of bed. Once you’re awake, then it’s that much easier to wear your workout clothes and head for your morning routine.
- Have a workout buddy: Workout buddies are a great motivator. Make plans to meet at the gym or at a park and exercise together. When you know someone is waiting for you, you’re more likely to jump out of bed and head towards a workout. You obviously don’t want to be the one who overslept right?
- Set a goal: Create a weekly workout schedule. Remind yourself on a Sunday evening about what you plan to go for the next 5-6 days of the week. Schedule your morning workout like how you would schedule a crucial appointment. Set a goal for the week. For instance chalk down your weight loss goal or your muscle mass goal.
- Load workout music: Music is an awesome motivator. It not only boosts your energy levels but also produces positive thoughts and helps get rid of a mental fatigue. Fast music is one way to go first thing in the morning. It kick starts your routine with a bang and also makes it all the more fun.
- Prepare the night before: What most people find annoying is preparing to go to the gym first thing in the morning. One way to deal with this is to set your bag straight the night before. Pack your shoes, your hand towel; set your clothes right and get ready as soon as you wake up.
- Reward your efforts: If you manage to wake up 4out of 5 days a week for your morning workout then reward yourself something fun over the weekend. It could be something as simple as shopping for a new pair of jeans or getting a nice manicure. Find what motivates you the most and use it to play to your weakness.
- Announce it to the world: Let the world around you know that you’re taking the extra effort to wake up and workout. What letting people know about your plans does is it helps you stay committed because you wouldn’t want to be a let-down. Also, you could announce your daily fitness achievement on various social media platforms to create that buzz.
- Give it some time: Initially it might be tough to kick yourself out of bed and workout through those morning blues. But if you give it some time, you’ll be surprised to see how your body adjusts well to this change. After couple of weeks you wouldn’t even need the alarm clock!
- Plan your breakfast in advance: Before heading for your morning workout always grab something quick – A banana for instance would do good. But what will help you more is making your breakfast a reward for your workout effort in the morning. Promise your body a delicious breakfast spread with the right kind of protein, carbs and fat if you do well with your morning routine.
- Get enough sleep: Waking up in the morning will only become easy if you sleep well in the night. Early to bed and early to rise has to be your mantra if you’re looking to be a morning person. It’s all a cycle. A good workout will lead to good sleep. A good sleep will lead to a fresh you first thing in the morning.