The benefits of morning workouts are countless: a morning routine has been shown to boost metabolism and reduce excess weight, as well as increase energy levels throughout the day. Whether you’re a natural early riser or a dedicated night owl, there are many ways to make morning workouts work for your schedule and lifestyle. In order to reap the benefits, though, you’ll need to actually get out of bed and start sweating first thing in the day. Fortunately, with a few simple hacks, getting up and going can feel more manageable than you might think.
Having a plan is key to any exercise routine, and morning workouts are no exception. Take ten minutes on Sunday to write out your weekly schedule, including what body parts you’ll train each day and when. Then when the alarm goes off, you’ll already have an idea of what to expect. This can help you mentally prepare for your sweat session and eliminate any excuses to snooze or skip it, says personal trainer Sivan Fagan.
It’s also helpful to have your outfit ready before you go to sleep so that when the time comes to wake up, you have nothing to think about but putting on your workout gear. Plus, having your workout clothes already laid out will signal to your brain that it’s time to hit the gym. This tip is especially effective for those who struggle with motivation to start their workout, since a little visual reminder can be an instant pick-me-up.
Aim to have your breakfast sorted out before you wake up as well, and make sure to eat within 15 minutes of your workout. A little bit of food before a workout will give you the fuel needed to power through your sweat session, and it’ll be easier to refuel once your workout is over.
If you don’t have a set breakfast, opt for something easy, like toast or a protein shake. This will help you refuel in a timely manner and keep your energy levels up until lunch or your next meal.
Another quick way to refuel before your workout is to drink water, which can be as effective as a sports drink in providing the energy you need for your routine. And if you need a bit of caffeine to kickstart your workout, set up your coffee maker so that it’s brewed and waiting when you wake up.
If you’re not a natural morning person, it may be a bit harder to stick with your planned morning workouts at first. But don’t give up! Just keep trying, and with practice, you’ll be able to turn those morning workouts into a permanent part of your routine.
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