Top 10 tips on becoming a morning exerciser!

I love working out in the morning before work.  6:30am I aim to get to the gym by (or out for a run by), and I’m usually there by about 6:34 or so.  😉

I usually work out for 45 mins to and hour in the morning and am back home in time to get a good breakfast, shower and walk to work.   Then the whole day is my own and I have a nice leisurely evening with no over busy gyms or evening darkness and traffic to contend with!

You get the gym or streets more or less to yourself and you feel great for the rest of the day.  🙂

So, here are my top 10 tips to get you up and out or at the gym for a workout:

10 Tips For Becoming a Morning Exerciser:

  1. Schedule it. You probably wouldn’t miss an appointment with your doctor, your dentist, or your hairdresser. Just like these appointments, make your morning exercise session something you can’t skip.  Set your alarm, and set another alarm if you need it.
  2. Get out your gear the night before. That way, you can just fall right out of bed into your clothes and trainers and you won’t arrive at the gym without socks or with your shirt inside-out.
  3. Write it down. Write down an exact workout plan or running route before going to bed. When you wake up, you won’t have to think about what exercise you’re going to do next or how long you’re going to run.
  4. Consider a workout you have to pay for or sign up for.  If you book in for a class, or book a PT class, you won’t want to not turn up for it.  If you’ve paid for your class, you’ll think about much money you’d waste if you miss a session. A commitment to personal training sessions or small group fitness workouts like TRX, circuits or metafit might help make sure you get out of bed.
  5. Find a buddy. Maybe it’s a friend you already know, or maybe it’s someone you meet on your first early-morning trip to the gym. Make a commitment to each other that you’ll show up and hold each other accountable. 🙂
  6. Make it a competition… with a reward, of course! If you and a gym buddy are both on a quest to make early exercise dates a habit, come up with a little challenge. Maybe you’ll decide the first one to miss a day has to do 20 extra push-ups. If you’re working out solo, treat yourself to new gym gear after a solid month’s worth of commitment.
  7. Do a class. Many gyms offer one-hour classes that start around 6 or 7am. Since no one wants to be the person that walks out in the middle of the class, I’d be willing to bet you’ll stay through the end.
  8. Take baby steps. Start by setting back your alarm by five minutes this week. Next week, go for another five. You’ll be getting up an hour earlier before you know it.
  9. Have something tasty to look forward to. Some experts say the golden window for post-workout nutrition is 30 to 60 minutes after we finish exercising, so make breakfast your next priority. Try a blended smoothie with greens, protein powder, and frozen berries or a parfait with granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit.
  10. Preserve those endorphins! Make great feelings last by writing them down. The next time you think hitting snooze sounds like a better idea than lacing up, read what you wrote and remind yourself how on-top-of-the-world you felt last time. Then get moving!

And if you really don’t manage to get out of bed to do your workout – then get a good lie in and do your workout in the evening or do it another day (as a punishment for not getting up!)

I love working out in the morning before work.  6:30am I aim to get to the gym by (or out for a run by), and I’m usually there by about 6:34 or so.  😉  I work out for 45 mins to and hour and am back home in time to get a good breakfast, shower and walk to work.   Then the whole day is my own and I have a nice leisurely evening with no over busy gyms or evening darkness and traffic to contend with! 

You get the gym or streets more or less to yourself and you feel great for the rest of the day.  J

So, here are my top 10 tips to get you up and out or at the gym for a workout:

10 Tips For Becoming a Morning Exerciser:

1.       Schedule it. You probably wouldn’t miss an appointment with your doctor, your dentist, or your hairdresser. Just like these appointments, make your morning exercise session something you can’t skip.  Set your alarm, and set another alarm if you need it.

2.       Get out your gear the night before. That way, you can just fall right out of bed into your clothes and trainers and you won’t arrive at the gym without socks or with your shirt inside-out.

3.       Write it down. Write down an exact workout plan or running route before going to bed. When you wake up, you won’t have to think about what exercise you’re going to do next or how long you’re going to run.

4.       Consider a workout you have to pay for or sign up for.  If you book in for a class, or book a PT class, you won’t want to not turn up for it.  If you’ve paid for your class, you’ll think about much money you’d waste if you miss a session. A commitment to personal training sessions or small group fitness workouts like TRX, circuits or metafit might help make sure you get out of bed.

5.       Find a buddy. Maybe it’s a friend you already know, or maybe it’s someone you meet on your first early-morning trip to the gym. Make a commitment to each other that you’ll show up and hold each other accountable. J

6.       Make it a competition… with a reward, of course! If you and a gym buddy are both on a quest to make early exercise dates a habit, come up with a little challenge. Maybe you’ll decide the first one to miss a day has to do 20 extra push-ups. If you’re working out solo, treat yourself to new gym gear after a solid month’s worth of commitment.

7.       Do a class. Many gyms offer one-hour classes that start around 6 or 7am. Since no one wants to be the person that walks out in the middle of the class, I’d be willing to bet you’ll stay through the end.

8.       Take baby steps. Start by setting back your alarm by five minutes this week. Next week, go for another five. You’ll be getting up an hour earlier before you know it.

9.       Have something tasty to look forward to. Some experts say the golden window for post-workout nutrition is 30 to 60 minutes after we finish exercising, so make breakfast your next priority. Try a blended smoothie with greens, protein powder, and frozen berries or a parfait with granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit.

10.    Preserve those endorphins! Make great feelings last by writing them down. The next time you think hitting snooze sounds like a better idea than lacing up, read what you wrote and remind yourself how on-top-of-the-world you felt last time. Then get moving!

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