Finding Motivation to Work Out in the Morning
Do you set your alarm clock an hour early with the intention of hitting the gym, but always end up hitting the snooze button and sleeping in anyways? It’s time to nip this habit in the bud and adapt to working out in the morning. Studies show that people who work out in the morning are more likely to stick to their fitness routines. A good morning workout also boosts your mood and gives you positive motivation to face other challenges during the day. Follow these steps to become of those envied morning fitness fanatics.
1. Prepare for your workout
Prepare for your workout the night before by laying out your clothes and placing your post workout snack in the fridge or on the counter. This gives you less to worry about in the morning and allows you to sleep in a little.
2. Set your alarm clock
Set your alarm clock across the room, so you’re forced to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you’re up, you’re less likely to crawl back into bed.
3. Write down your workout plans
Write down your workout plans at the beginning of every week. Include the time when you’ll work out, what exercises you’ll do, and your overall goals for the week. Plan one “fun” workout such as a morning hike or a run along the beach towards the end of the week so that you have something to look forward to.
4. Find a workout buddy
Find a workout buddy to meet you at the gym or at the start of the jogging path. You’re less likely to sleep in if someone is counting on you. Plus, having someone to chat with makes the workout more fun. Getting to lift each other up is the key to doing workouts together. Having that experience in my exercise routines. I intend not to go for a week due to my job. My friend rings me up to check with me if I was going to the gym although she lives close by to where the gym place is, I live further away which would take me five to ten minutes before I could get there. At the end it is our health that we should be concerned about in staying healthy.
5. Plan a reward for yourself
Plan a reward for yourself if you meet your morning workout goals for the week. For example, if your goal is to work out five mornings in a seven-day period, reward yourself with a new shirt when you meet this goal. Over time as you adapt to morning workouts, you won’t need to rely on these goals as heavily.
6. Use social media
Use social media to tell your friends about your new goal to work out in the morning. Their support will keep you from pulling the covers back up at 5 am, and you’ll feel slightly embarrassed if you don’t achieve the goals that everyone knows you set for yourself.
Like any habit, working out in the morning takes some time to get used to. Be patient with yourself – don’t punish yourself if you don’t get out the door every day in the beginning, but promise yourself you’ll do better next time. By following the tips above, you can stop hitting snooze and start craving your early morning workout in just a few short weeks.