How to Become a Morning Workout Person
by Michael Snader - BodyAware Program leader at The BodyHoliday
Very few people like to hear the alarm clock bellowing in their ear first thing in the morning and worse still if it’s the signal for you to drag yourself up and get to the gym, but hitting the snooze button one too many times can be detrimental to your fitness goals if it means you frequently end up skipping your workout.
If working out in the morning is your only option due to work or life commitments in the evening, then becoming a morning person should really become a priority to help you maintain health and wellbeing.
You will start to love the feeling. I’m not going to kid you and pretend it’s easy, it’s not, you will feel tired and sluggish to begin with, but after a few weeks it should begin to feel natural, you should start to see results and feel more energized throughout the day.
You’ll start to love the feeling of checking your workout off your day’s to do list before you even hit the office and when you don’t do it one day you’ll miss the post workout satisfaction.
So here is what you can do to make it a little easier to throw off the duvet and find the umph to blast out an awesome workout:
- Commit to it! You might say "easier said than done", but even if you’re cranky on waking, not giving up will over time turn into habit.
- Force yourself to move! Put your alarm clock on the opposite side of the bedroom so that you have to get out of bed to switch it off and then if you’re up you may as well workout!
- Make it fun and enjoyable! Even on a sunny day a class or workout you find boring is not going to motivate you to get up. Even more important in winter is to find a fun workout that you feel you are missing out on, if you are not there.
- Make friends! Once you’ve been a few times you’ll see other regular early birds. Making friends to meet up with will help you stick to your routine.
- Pack your bags! The night before pack your bag and get everything ready that you need, so in the morning you can just grab it and go.
- Plan ahead! If you are going to a class, sign up ahead of time so you are committed to turn up. If you are doing your own workout, write it down or use an app for inspiration so you don’t have to think about what to do when you arrive.
As I said it’s not going to be easy, it’s about making the time to exercise not finding the time, but the health and fitness gains in the end are worth it.