Who doesn’t wish they could be one of those people logging the miles and sweating it out before most of the world even realizes it’s morning?
I would definitely classify myself as a morning person. My best work is usually done before lunch. However, morning workouts are usually tough for me. I like to think it’s because I see sleep as a high priority for good health, but it’s really that I just love my bed. In high school it was my dad knocking on my door at 5am asking if I wanted to go for run. Then I taught 5 and 6am fitness classes and would even meet friends for sunrise runs. Now Devin’s alarm and eventual “babe are you going to be fitfam with me today?” comment gets my wannabe lazy butt up. During the initial 5 minutes, I’m silently cursing him and wishing he would fall back asleep. After that, I’m thankful my workout is done and for the amount of energy I have the rest of the day!
This past month, the majority of my workouts have happened during the early morning hours and I’ve learned quite a lot about what it takes to make this not only successful but enjoyable. Here are my top 5 ways to enjoy your morning workout routine and make it stick!
Get your things out the night before. The mornings that I’m running up and down the stairs for headphones or my shoes really rubs me the wrong way. So, set out your clothes, socks, shoes, headphones, jacket, water bottle, whatever you will need! Get it out and make it easily accessible. . It’s one less hurdle you have to jump too. I even fill my water bottle up the night before so it’s really a get dressed, grab and go kind of routine. We are typically out the door in less than 15 minutes.
Know what you’re going to do. Don’t just tell yourself you’re going to wake up early and workout. Are you going to run? If so, where? For how long? Most of us, if we have to make these decisions in our morning stupor, we will just go back to sleep! Write yourself a rough schedule at the beginning of the week.
#3 Find a Buddy
Even if it’s just one day per week, having someone counting on you to be there for them can make a difference in you getting out of bed. Plus, it’s a little social interaction! If you don’t know anyone personally who wants to brave the early morning hours with you, try a local running group or a fitness class. You may meet someone who has the same goals as you and if they are choosing an early time frame, they will probably be up for a morning workout with you other days of the week!
#4 Go to Bed
You need 7 – 9 hours of sleep. If you plan on getting up at 5am, you better be getting your butt to bed at 10pm. Try bumping up your bedtime by 30 minute increments. Such as if you’re going to bed at 11pm now, work on going to bed a 10:30pm for a week or two, then keep adjusting until it fits you evening routine and goals for wake up.
#5 Give Yourself a Carrot
Not a literal carrot, but a figurative one. Meaning, something that entices you to get out of bed in the morning. Maybe it’s the idea of going to your favorite type of class, running a great new trail, or a new piece of workout gear. A motivational playlist is also a great option. I use my phone with Jaybird Sport bluetooth headphones and regularly switch up my Spotify playlist. My favorite right now? My “AM Mix” !
How do you keep your workout routine consistent?