You know the drill: You set your alarm for 6 a.m. so you can get in a quick morning workout before your day starts. But once that alarm sounds bright and early, the snooze button is begging you to hit it more than a few times. We understand — getting out of your cozy bed and choosing sweating over sleep is probably one of the hardest choices you'll make all day. Here are a few tips to help get you out of bed and into the gym to meet your weight loss, health, and fitness goals.
How many times did you hit snooze this morning? Many of us often find ourselves sleeping in and rushing to eat breakfast and get out the door, skipping our workout for the day, once again, or cramming in a gym session at the end of the day when we are tired and worn out. Working out in the morning may lead to healthier lifestyle choices all day! Think you just don’t have the time to squeeze in a workout in the morning? In just 5 simple steps, you can become a morning exerciser. Here’s how:
Go to bed earlier
If you normally go to bed at midnight every night, it's going to be that much harder to get up bright and early. So start gradually moving up your bedtime. You can't expect to go to bed at 10 p.m. when you usually don't start snoozing until midnight. Make it a goal to get into bed at least 30 minutes earlier each night for a week. Once you've reached your desired bedtime, stick to it. This way, your body will get used to sleeping as soon as your head hits the pillow.
Make it a habit
Find a way to get up early a few days in a row. It will be difficult at first, but once you make a schedule out of it, you'll get used to it.
Grab a buddy
If it's just you getting up in the morning to exercise, it can be easy to cancel it last minute. But if a buddy is waiting on you, you have a reason to hop out of bed and head to the gym. Schedule weekly workouts so you can't back out and hit the snooze button.
Plan the night before
Get your gym bag ready the night before to give you less to do in the morning. Pack everything you need, from your sneakers and water bottle to your music and headphones. When all you have to do is wake up, grab your bag and go, it makes life a little easier. You might even pick out your outfit for the next day, too.
Set your phone out of reach
Are you a chronic-snoozer? If hitting the snooze button every five minutes is convenient because your phone is on the nightstand next to you, move your phone! Set your alarm on your phone before you go to bed, and then place it on a dresser across the room. You’ll have to get up and out of bed to turn off the alarm, so you might as well put on your exercise clothes and start your day!
Plan rewards for getting up and exercising in the morning. Make a pact with yourself that if you get up five days a week and fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise in the morning, you can grab a cup of coffee on your way to work, or pick out a new blouse to wear Friday night. Need more motivation? Make a playlist of all your favorite, upbeat songs to listen to while exercising.
You don’t have to commit to an hour-long treadmill session at the gym right away. Start slow with a 10-minute workout before you take a shower. Try doing reps of pushups, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, and crunches before you eat breakfast. You can even take your dog for a walk in the morning, go for a bike ride, or vow to take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Slowly increase the amount of time and the intensity of your workout, and before you know it, you’ll be a morning workout warrior!
Take breakfast on the go
If your new exercise routine is shaving off time for breakfast, don’t just skip eating. There are several options for eating healthy breakfast options on the go from Jenny Craig. Try an Egg, Cheese, & Turkey Sausage Burrito or a Turkey Bacon & Egg White Sandwich, and you’ll be on your way!