I’m absolutely a morning person. I’m more productive before lunch and by the time late afternoon rolls around my energy is lacking. If I’m going to get something important done, it has to happen in the morning. That’s the same when it comes to my workouts. If it doesn’t happen within half an hour of me waking up, it’s not going to happen at all. Before I know it every day stuff gets in the way and I’ve gone to bed without getting a sweat session in. I thought I’d share a few tips on how I make my morning workouts happen.
Plan what workout you’re going to do. I’m much more likely to get a workout in first thing in the morning if I already know what I’ll be doing. If I’m trying to figure out what kind of workout I want to do, followed by finding a specific workout, I’ve already wasted 15 minutes, and it’s easy to convince myself that I might as well just skip it all together. I like to have a workout already pulled up on Pinterest on my ipad, or have made a decision the night before on which video I’m going to do in the morning. (Check out my workout board for lots of great ideas).
Know what you’re going to wear. Related to the first point, I like to lay out my workout clothes the night before. If I leave them on my dresser, I don’t even have to think about it in the morning, I just put the clothes on. If I’m working out outside I’ll check the weather the night before to give me an idea of what kind of outfit I’ll need the next day. It usually takes me a little bit to wake up in the morning, so not having to think about what to wear makes it that much easier to get my workout in.
Go to bed early. If I’m in bed early the night before and wake up feeling rested the next day, I have a lot more motivation to get my workout done. If I press snooze more than once I’m not very likely to have enough time left to get my workout in before I have to leave for work or school. Making sure I go to bed at a reasonable time makes all the difference in weather or not I get a workout done the next morning.
Know what you’re going to eat before and after. Fueling workouts is so important. I like to make sure that whatever I’m eating is already made or super easy to make. Mornings are usually pretty tight time wise for me, so I try to make sure that whatever I’m eating is quick. Making a smoothie the night before and stashing it in the fridge has been a lifesaver for me more than once. Making sure I have breakfast ingredients laid out on the counter the night before makes it so much easier to pull together in the morning. I don’t have to make any decisions about what I’m going to make, I just do it.
Give yourself some buffer time. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get a workout in. I’ve set my alarm for the next day for the shortest possible amount of time I need to get a workout done before. That’s backfired on me more than once. Things will always pop up, no matter how well you plan. Having a buffer of even 15 or 20 minutes has meant that I’ve been able to get in a workout even when other things have happened that would have prevented it otherwise. It could be anything from a longer commute than usual that I’ve forgotten about, to forgetting to make a lunch the night before. Having a little bit of extra time can mean that I can get my workout in even if something comes up.
Now that you know my tips for getting in morning workouts, leave me one of yours in the comments.