Being a morning person is a God-given gift that those who have it not only use it disturbingly to their advantage by getting a head start on the rest of the world, but also love to boast about it. Think about when you wake up in the morning and roll out of bed grudgingly, heading straight for your trusty Nescafe machine, and simultaneously scroll through Instagram. You see that that fit girl, Jessica, from two cubicles over who brings her own water bottle to work, already posted a photo on Instagram of her post-workout at 7 in the morning. Seven. That’s the kind of person we’re talking about.
Not only is waking up early in the morning already a feat in itself but getting up and heading straight into a workout session is a nearly impossible miracle. Just when you got the hang of it, as well, balancing school and your morning run, the winter cold hits, and you find yourself glued to the beautiful comfort of your own bed.
You are not alone. Having the incredible urge to stay in bed when the degrees outside drop is a common occurrence of even the most elite athletes. However, fortunately, we have come up with surefire ways to combat and fight against that urge and overcome laziness.
Here is our advice to you to help get you out of bed and get moving, first thing in the morning:
1.You’ll Never Walk Alone
Going to the gym with a buddy or going through a workout with someone else can help give you moral and actual physical support. They can be there to motivate you through your reps, cheer you on, be your spotter, or even just run beside you while you both are training together for a 5K.
Having an appointment set up to meet someone at the gym keeps you accountable as well. Not wanting to flake out on your friend can help wake you up and get yourself in the car to drive to the gym, instead of just initially only letting yourself down.
2.Be Prepared to Work Out When You Go to Bed
The great thing about workout clothes is the fact that they’re extremely comfortable and you can get away with wearing them all day long. If you are already wearing them during the day, you might as well wear them at night as well. Instead of pajamas, try wearing your workout clothes to bed and so when you wake up in the morning, you essentially skip that step. This tip can also save you a few more precious minutes of sleep.
3.Set One Alarm, Just One
Wake up when it goes off. Whatever you do, do not hit the snooze button. If you have trouble with always falling back to sleep, put your phone or alarm on the other side of the room. This way, you have to get up and walk to the other side of the room to turn it off. If you do have some extra minutes to spare and don’t want to get up right after you wake up, prepare your workout for the day by following Instagram accounts, or look it up online. This can get you mentally prepared, as well.
4.Prepare Your Breakfast the Night Before
Whether that means a smoothie or a bagel with egg and low-fat cheese, having your breakfast ready for you to eat before you even enter the kitchen can also save you time and energy that you could be spending at the gym. Getting up before the others in your house so they don’t eat your pre-made breakfast is also another incentive to get out of bed and into the kitchen.Eating breakfast is also extremely important to not only have the energy for your workout, but also for your day. It is the most important meal, it gets your metabolism going, and gives you the calories that you’ve been missing for the (hopefully) past eight hours while you have been asleep.
5.Wake Up with the Sun
Position your bed so that you are waking up where the sunlight can stream in and really just, hit you smack in the face. Soaking up those rays sets off a mental reaction that truly wakes you up, principally, when your eyes see the light. If you are waking up before the sun is even out, (kudos), then hit those bright lights in the house and as many as you can.
Getting up to workout in the morning is always a difficult process. There are so many moments of hesitation, and times that you can simply decide to go back on your original commitment and crawl back into bed. However, following these simple pieces of advice might give you the trick you need to get yourself to the gym shortly after you wake up, every time.
Leave a comment below on your favorite helpful hint that gets you up in the morning to work out or something that eases the process.