5 Ways to Get Your Morning Workout In
Alright let's just get this one out of the way. I've been trying to write this post for a while. One, because I was lacking some motivation to get out of bed early myself, and two because well, I have just been plain ol' busy. Now that I have the motivation and time to sit down and write this post, I'm excited. I want to share all the things that help me get out the bed and out the door in the morning for my workouts. I hope these help, and if you have your own tips please leave them in the comments.
- Go to Sleep Early. This is probably one of my biggest tips. I'm traditionally a night owl and of course not a morning person. So what I have found is that if I make myself go to sleep at least by 10:30pm it's a little easier to get up in the morning. You honestly need 6.5 to 7 hours to feel rested. You will want every bit of that if you want to wake up ready to hit the gym or roads.
- Have a Set Goal. This is a little harder to do sometimes because, it's not always easy to set a goal and stick to it. What I have learned in the past 12 years is that you have to set a goal that's meaningful to you and is concrete. You can't set a goal that sound like this, "I want to run 38 something for a 10k this year." Get a set time, weight, or whatever, and stick to it. This will help you plan out intermediate goals and help you get on the right track to achieving what you want.
- Get an Accountability Partner. I'm not always lucky enough to have my coach out on the track or in the weight room pushing me to get it done. So some days it's harder to get up when you know there's going to be no-one there to keep you accountable. So find a workout partner and keep each other accountable. If you can't find a workout partner get someone who is willing to at least keep you accountable. They might be one that motivates you every morning with a "You can do this," "So proud you're almost to your goal," text message. I sometimes get motivation from my best friend who is 3000+ miles away.
- Get up Early than You Want to. Now you may be saying, "What? I have to go to bed early and get up earlier?" Well, kind of. I know for me it takes about 5 to 10 mins to get out of bed and moving. So I tend to set my alarm 5 to 10 mins earlier than the actual time I want to be up. Say I want to be up at 6am, my alarm is set for 5:50am, that way I'm up and making my coffee by 6am and getting ready to leave for the gym.
- Do Something You Love Doing. Now a lot of times I hear people say, I hate getting up and for a run, or I hate going to the gym and lifting. Well than don't do those things. Find something you love to do and do that. It's hard enough that you are getting up early to workout, and when you really don't want to do the thing you're getting up for, you most likely will not get up to do it. For me I love to run, I have a set goal and somedays it's easy to get up. Other days, when I don't have to run I go to morning yoga classes. I LOVE yoga and it's something that starts my day off the right way. So maybe for you it's swimming, a dance class, a morning spin class, or something else. Use that to get up and get going. If you aren't loving what you're doing you have the power to change that.