Even though a morning workout is a great way to start your day off right, it’s not always easy to get out of bed and actually make it to the gym. Sometimes it’s just too tempting to hit that snooze button, and it can be hard to stay motivated when it takes you a long time to pull your workout gear together.
Fortunately, there are some easy tips that will help you get on the road to a successful early-morning fitness routine. These tips will keep you accountable, and give you the energy you need to crush your morning workouts.
Tip #1: Set Your Alarm Across the Room
It’s all too easy to hit snooze before your alarm clock goes off, especially if you’re trying to squeeze in a quick workout while you’re still tired. The best way to avoid that is to set your alarm clock on the opposite side of the room, so it’s just a few steps away from your bed and a little more difficult to sneak back in.
Tip #2: Have a Plan for Your Wake-Up Breakfast
You’ll want to be sure you have enough fuel in your body before your workout. The right breakfast can fuel your muscles, improve your performance, and leave you feeling satisfied afterward.
Try a healthy combination of carbohydrates, fats, and protein for a complete and filling meal that will keep you going strong throughout your morning workout. A simple option is Greek yogurt with fruit, nuts, and oats mixed in. This meal is low-cal, easy to digest, and gives you the right mix of nutrients to power you through your workout.
Tip #3: Find a Reward System that Works for You
It’s not easy to be consistent with any kind of exercise, but it’s particularly challenging when you need to stick to a morning routine. Having a reward system that motivates you to get up and go is key to making it work, so try rewarding yourself with something like a coffee cup on your way out the door or a massage when you get home from your a.m. session.
Tip #4: Join a Fitness Group
The more people you have to exercise with, the more likely it is that you’ll stick with a routine. Whether it’s a morning run, a spin class, or a yoga class, finding a fitness group to workout with can be a great way to increase accountability and make it fun to get active in the early mornings.
Tip #5: Get a Buddy to Workout With
It can be a struggle to motivate yourself to work out in the mornings, but if you’re willing to recruit a partner or friend to join you, it’s a lot easier to pull out of bed and get moving. “When I have a friend, I’m much more likely to wake up and go,” says Breus.
Tip #6: Use a Caffeine-Boosting Drink
If you’re not a coffee fan, tea can also help boost your energy and motivation in the morning. Just be sure to brew it just before your alarm goes off, so it’s ready to go as soon as you wake up.
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