Liz mentioned on Monday that she is hoping to attend morning workouts more often! As someone who exclusively works out before the sun comes up during the work week – I figured I would share some tips and tricks I practice to make sure I get my morning sweat in!
**Disclaimer**: I am naturally a morning person. I wake up with a lot of energy and tend to feel happiest in the morning! However, its winter people. And no one enjoys waking up at 5:30am when its pitch black and freezing. So although I am a morning person – I still need extra oomph to get myself out of bed!
1. Plan workouts you love (or at least, like!)
This is an important rule of working out in general, but waking up at the crack of dawn will be much easier if you know you will be completing a workout you enjoy. For me, this means signing up in advance for cycling, kickboxing, and tabata classes at various gyms throughout Boston. Figure out what you like – and sign up in advance. (Another reason to sign up for a class – they often will charge you whether you show up or not! Knowing that I might be charged $20 through ClassPass if I sleep in, definitely gives me extra motivation to get there.)
2. Cut down on travel time.
I adore working out at Exhale’s Battery Wharf location. Its so beautiful (with large windows overlooking the North End and beautiful hardwood floors) – not to mention that Core Cardio is a killer work out. However the North End is a bus ride, a T ride and a 15 minute walk away from my house…which totals about 45 minutes of travel time. I hate to admit it, but I have more than once signed up and bailed the morning-of.
Learning from those mistakes, I know that I am 99% more likely to actually make it to my workout if I go to a gym close to my home. Cutting down travel time is easier mentally and physically, AND allows you to sleep as late as possible 🙂
3. Place your alarm clock out of reach.
How many times do you hit snooze in the morning? (I never hit snooze – I don’t know if this is true, but I figure that I am better off getting 10 minutes of pure sleep rather than waking up, hitting snooze and then getting 10 extra minutes of “crappy, half awake” sleep.”)
By placing your alarm clock out of arms reach, it forces you to actually get out of bed and face the day!
4. Hit the hay early.
This one is extra tough for me. I need about 7-8 hours nights sleep if I want to feel good the next morning, however I often won’t feel tired around 9-10pm. Currently, I have been trying to make sure I am home and “done” with my day by 8pm so that I have an hour to completely unwind and relax my mind. Still working on this!
5. Listen to your body and know when to take a day off.
Sore from an extra intense workout? Exhausted from a crazy work week? Its OKAY to take a morning off and get back in the gym the following day. Listen to your body and don’t beat yourself up over a missed workout.
7. Remember how great you feel when its over!
One thing is certain – when you are completed with your fitness class, your run or gym session – you will ALWAYS be happy you did it! Most often, you’ll feel the endorphins pumping, you’ll be awake and ready to face the day. Remember that feeling – because it keeps you coming back for more 🙂
Any other tips for waking up for early AM workouts? Please share!