Getting up in the morning to exercise

A few people have asked me how I get up in the morning to exercise… what I do to make sure it happens.

There are quite a few things you can do to make sure you get out the door, into the gym or into the pool.

A lot of it is to do with simply getting into the habit and planning what you’re going to do, but there are quite a few things I do which make it easy to be a part of my life.

I love exercising first thing in the morning. You own the roads, sometimes you’re the only person out. You feel great after it and really sets you up for the day.

Here are my tips:

– Get a good nights sleep.
Set a bed time and stick to it. My bedtime is 10pm, and I aim to get 8 hours sleep (so awake at 6am).

Set times / deadlines for things.
Set a time to get up out of bed: 6:10.
Set a time to get out the door: 6:30.
Set a time to get back by: 7:30ish.
Set a time to leave for work by: 840.
If you plan on running longer, get up earlier (and go to bed earlier too).

– Count down to get up.
5,4,3,2,1 up!
If I’m struggling to get up I say to myself, right, in 5 I’ll get up. 5,4,3,2,1 up. As I’m counting down I make motions to get up.
5 think about it
4 sit up in bed
3 turn around to place feet on the floor
2 think about standing up
1 stand up. 🙂

– Get your clothes / gear ready the night before.
This is so that you can just slip into them without thinking and get out that door as soon as possible.
You might check the weather the night before too, so you know what to wear.
A good tip is to check what the temperature will be and wear what you would wear if it were 5 degrees warmer.

Get a route ready in your head
Make it all a habit, so you don’t need to think about it.
Decide the night before where you’ll run and stick to it.
I have regular 3, 4, 5 and 8 mile routes I do.
Don’t be too over adventurous – you don’t need to do masses, aim for between 30-60 minutes.
Post the route on Facebook or a blog to let others know you’ll be doing it (therefore you HAVE to do it ;-))

– Plan your weekly exercise out
Planning your weekly exercise out makes it easier to stick to too.
Mon: strength
Tue: 4M run
Wed: swim
Thu: 5M run
Fri: strength
Sat: 8M run
Sun: Rest
You’ll look forward to your rest and you’ll know you have to do what you’ve planned or your goal might slip.

Arrange to meet a friend
You might not need to do this, but it helps.
If you arrange to meet someone at 630am, you HAVE to get up and to your meeting point for that time.
I’ve got a few friends I meet, and sometimes we let each other firm, but generally we’re there for a good chat (and a run too!).

It really is that simple. You can fit exercise in before you start your day.

You just need to choose to do it, and make it simple and habitual so that you don’t need to think about it too much.

🙂

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