Continuing with my Morning Series, my previous video discussed a few advantages of morning workouts. This next installment will discuss a few ways to help you become a morning (workout) person, so that you can get up, get going, and begin your day with a great workout.
I have compiled a list from various sources mixed with what I have found that encourages me to workout in the mornings.
1. Get into a set routine– If you have a consistent sleep pattern, this will make getting up a whole lot easier. Also, make sure that you are getting an adequate amount of sleep. It’s quite difficult getting pumped up for a morning workout when you are only functioning on 3-4 hours of sleep.
2. Take the first step– For me, the first step is the hardest. If I can actually get out of bed, then I can get things rolling. When I choose to lie there for a few moments, I fall into the “danger zone” of either talking myself out of going to the gym or falling back asleep. So I make sure to make the first step as soon as possible.
3. Turn on all of the lights– Studies show that exposure to light when you are waking up assists with making you more alert. Your body’s internal clock is sensitive to light and darkness.
4. Get your clothes ready the night before– I have all of my gym clothes ready and waiting in my bathroom the night before. That way, I am not stumbling through the house trying to find what to wear to the gym. This originally was due to not wanted to disturb my wife will she was sleeping, but I also found that I cut down on my time to get dressed, and I am able to get out of the door a lot faster.
5. Position your alarm clock on the other side of the room-This will force you to make that dreaded first step. While you are up, you might as well flip on all of the lights and head to bathroom or wherever your gym clothes are.
6. Enlist a workout partner– When you know that you have someone to be held accountable to, it gives you extra motivation to get out of bed. The same principle applies to them, and it ends up being a win- win situation for all.
7. Be patient– It may be a bit of a struggle in the beginning, but stick with it. Some studies say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Other studies show that it takes 66 days. For me, it was in the middle, it took around 3-4 weeks before it was relatively easy for me to get up for a morning workout.
I hope these tips help. I’ll catch you in the gym in the morning!