The fact that committing to an early morning workout is a challenge might be the understatement of the year. For most of us, hitting the snooze button more than the box or gym is the norm.
But getting up and exercising early is well worth the effort. In fact, it can set your day up for a win. Studies show exercise is good for our brains and having a powerful routine goes a long way in a successful day. Prioritizing an early AM workout also increases the odds that you won't bail as the day goes on and distractions (AKA life) pushes exercise to the back burner.
Here are five tips to help you commit to an early morning sweat fest.
5 Tips to Help You Commit to an Early Morning Workout
- Prep for success. Eliminating barriers between you and the gym starts the night before. Lay out your clothes, pack a water bottle, take care of any meal prep. Fewer obstacles (no clean sports bras, and "where the heck is my other shoe?!") increase your odds of success.
- Set an alarm. I know, this may seem like a no-brainer, but hoping you'll magically wake-up refreshed, without an alarm, ready to conquer that twilight workout is little more than a dream. Set an alarm. Set two. Leave it across the room, forcing you to get out of bed if you have to. Whatever the case, an alarm is a vital tool in lacing up for success.
- Accountability, your secret weapon. Nothing gets me out of bed more effectively than accountability. Verbally committing to a workout is excellent motivation. Do you really want to be known as the slacker who lets down their workout buddies? That bed's not so inviting anymore, is it?
- Meditate on how you'll feel after. Rather than lying in bed thinking about how cozy you are take time to dwell on how good you'll feel after working out or the regret you'll have if you don't. The only bad workout is the one you didn't do. Get up and move.
- Take a long-range view of habits. Establishing habits takes time. It can take up to 21 days for an activity to become routine. Be realistic, realizing there will setbacks along the way. The important thing is that you don't give up. It took me over a year to get to the point where my workouts are as much a daily routine as brushing my teeth. Be patient with yourself but not at the expense of self discipline.
There you have it, five go-to tips I rely on weekly to stick to my exercise routine. What hacks do you enlist to commit to an early morning workout? Tell me about it in the comments below!
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