For many people, the best time of day to fit in a workout is first thing in the morning. There’s nothing like heading out for a run when the streets are empty, or being the first one into the gym. The world is dark and quiet, and the heat of the day hasn’t yet set in. How amazing is that feeling?
But something that “early morning” comes a bit earlier than you’d like. Getting up at 6 AM isn’t as hard as you’d think, but that doesn’t give you enough time to get in your workout, shower, and be at work on time. You have to wake up earlier– as early as 4 or 5 AM. Easier said than done, right? Well, we’ve got some simple tips that will help you to wake up early every day:
For the first few weeks, it’s going to be nearly impossible to drag yourself out of bed. But that’s when you have to do it, no matter what! Force yourself to roll out of bed, no matter how tired you feel. Get up, get your workout clothes on, and get out of the house before you have a chance to reconsider. It’s the best way to get up and stay up.
One AMAZING way to force yourself to get up and stay up is to place the alarm clock on the far side of the room. You can set your phone or tablet to play loud music at a certain time, and the only way to turn it off will be to get out of bed and cross the room to the device. If you LEAP out of bed, you’ll be awake enough to stay out of bed once you shut off the alarm. It works like a charm!
Get to Bed Earlier
If you’re going to wake up earlier in the morning, you need to get to bed earlier. It may suck to be going to sleep at 8 PM, but it’s the only way you’ll get a solid 8 hours of sleep before your 4 AM workout. You should be prepared to sacrifice other activities, but never your sleep. Without sleep, your body isn’t going to be able to repair itself after your tough workout, and you’ll doze off during the day.
Before you go to bed at night, set out your workout clothes, your shoes and socks, and anything else you’ll need. The minute you wake up, get dressed, put on your shoes, and get out the door. Preparing everything the night before is the key to streamlining the process, and you’ll find that it will make it much easier for you to get out the door before the early morning sleepies set in.
Think About the “Why”
Why are you getting up so early to get in your workout? Is it so you can have a bit of extra time with your family later in the day? Is it to feel energized all day long? It is because early in the morning is the only time you can fit in a proper workout? Think about your reasons for getting up first thing in the morning, and use that “why” to motivate you.
Set a Routine
The only way that you’ll survive waking up earlier regularly is by making it a habit. That means having a sleep routine to help you get to bed at a decent hour every night, and having a routine in the early morning. It may make you feel “boxed in”, but it’s the best way to ensure that you get up and get your workout in!