So maybe you’re really not a morning person, 8 or 9am is a big enough push already and the idea of getting up at 6 or 7am is right up there on the list with bellyflopping off the high dive. Maybe the motivation isn’t there right off the bat, but why not give it a try for a few weeks. I promise you that after your early workout you will feel a heck of a lot better than when you woke up. You will feel more energized, be more productive and overall be in a better mood for your whole day. Working out early is a great way to relieve stress and start your day off on the right foot. Here are a few tips I use to make the waking up and working out a little easier.
1. Pack your things before you go to bed
For me, getting things ready the night before is a MUST! I pack my workout bag, make my lunch and snacks, fill up my water bottle and set out my clothes the night before. That way when the alarm goes off I can just roll out of bed and get dressed with as little thinking as possible. My brain is definitely still asleep first thing in the morning!
2. Eat something!
I always eat something to kickstart my metabolism, even if it’s just a shake or a piece of fruit or half a bar. It’s like turning the lights on in the house and it’s so much easier to get going when your not stumbling around in the dark. Your body has been in a fasted state for the past 8 hours or so it’s good to have at least a little fuel in the tank and then you can have a good breakfast after your workout.
3. Get moving!
I try and get myself out of the house as quick as possible! Wandering around the house in a mild stupor never helps my motivation.
Once I start my workout, I’m in it for the long run. Even if I’m lagging a little at the start, it only takes a bit for the blood to start pumping. Without fail, I finish my workout in totally different mood than when I started. By the end of then workout, even if I’m physically exhausted, I mentally feel great! I’m energized and refreshed, the light bulb in my brain is turned on and I actually feel motivated to start my day! And it’s not even 9am! Yew!
We have all heard that exercising generates endorphins which in turn make you feel good. So if you start your day with a workout you are going to be in a better mood for the rest of your day. This not only benefits you, but everyone else that’s around you!
So maybe start small, walk or ride your bike to go get a smoothie, progress to a short run, work it up to a solid workout. You never know until you try. Maybe your motivation and positive energy will inspire somebody else! And who who knows, we can all make the world a happier place!
See you bright and early!