I agree with the person who posted before me. To ease the burden on yourself, prepare everything you'll need the night before. I sleep in my workout clothes so there's no need to change in the morning, lay my socks/shoes somewhere nearby, and fill up a water bottle. Then I spend less time in the morning getting ready (giving me a couple more minutes of precious sleep) and am more motivated to work out since I've already got on the clothes that I need. I've found that I feel much better during the day in mood, self-esteem and energy if I work out in the morning rather than sleep in -- that in itself is motivating too!
Fitness Minutes: (74,777)
1,433 12/2/13 2:08 P
I've been a morning exerciser for more than three years now, and I know from experience that it's all about the small things. I think preparation is key to a successful morning workout. You'll need to go to bed earlier so that you can have the energy to wake up. It's also important to lay out your workout clothes the night before so that you don't have to waste time when you get up.
Here's a helpful slideshow: http://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness-pictures/10-ways-to-get-motivated-for-your-morning-workout.aspx
"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." -Albert Einstein
"The reluctant workout is ALWAYS the best workout."-Me
I also had the same problem before until I decided to start walking up earlier and turn my exercise to first thing in the morning. It became so much easier to stick to and feel great for the entire day and not overwhelmed or too tired to exercise later on. Here's what I do: I set THREE different alarms and for each one I put it with a text to motivate me to get up.
The first one through an alarm clock application is Rise and Shine beautiful. Second one (15 mins later) which I put through Nike+ app is GO RUN! By the second one I usually manage to get up but incase I don't... A third one hits off and that one is Time's up MOVE IT. Try that it's worth a try and reading those motivates me and reminds me this is not luxury this is a necessity and I'm gonna go out there and feel good for the rest of the day!
The most effective way I got myself out of bed was to put an alarm in the bathroom. By the time I got out of bed and turned off the alarm I was already awake. After that I just kept moving. Brushed my teeth, make the bed, take the dog out, then workout (I do my workouts at home for convenience), shower, go to work. I found if I wrote down a step by step routine it helped me stay on track. After while it's just second nature. Don't beat yourself up if you slip just get back on the wagon.
You just have to get up and do it. My fiancé and I decided to start getting up at 5am and getting to the gym by 5.30am, twice a week. It's rough but we always feel amazing after, and we stop for coffee on the way home. We keep at it because it means there is more time for us in the evenings, so it's worth it!
There are no shortcuts. No magic bullets. No secret spells. What works is hard work, dedication, and a daily dose of chocolate.
current weight: 149.0
Fitness Minutes: (42,534)
11/28/13 2:55 P
I love to work out right after I get up. I have two cups of coffee and either head to the gym, outside to run, or into my basement (treadmill and exercise DVDs down there.) I am more of a "lark" than an "owl," though, so I may not be able to give you advice! I love that feeling of getting home with exercise DONE while my family is either still sleeping or just getting up. I look forward to that hot shower afterwards and a yummy, healthy breakfast. It puts me in a good mood for the rest of the day. Maybe start with every other day? And make sure you get to bed at a reasonable hour so you can get up and get crackalacking, as the kids say! Good luck!
When I first started exercising in the mornings (almost 14 years ago now) I used to reward myself with a nice breakfast after. For the first year or so I used to have internal verbal battles every day my alarm went off that went something like this,
"I'm going to turn off the alarm and go back to sleep." "Get to the gym, fat@ss."
After awhile, I stopped having this mental battle because I'd always end up at the gym (I've NEVER chosen to go back to sleep in the 14 years) and it was easier to get up and go without the fight. I DID used to call myself names because I needed to remind myself why I was going to the gym, you of course can be nicer, I'm just saying what worked for me.
Other things that really help me:
setting alarm extra early and allowing for 2-4 snooze button pushes. But once you're out of snoozes, then I MUST get up. No excuses. learn to make coffee while still half asleep turn on all the lights once out of bed.
As I said, YMMV but I haven't missed a workout in 14 years, so I think my system works pretty well.
Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 11/28/2013 (05:50)
“Sometimes the moments that challenge us the most, define us.” - Deena Kastor
My workout routines are not consistent as much as I would like and vary in intensity because I am always trying to fit them in. I have tried scheduling them at a certin time in the day or evening but that does not always work. The only thing I have not done is get up an hour earlier and do my exercise.
How do I start making a habit of working out in the mornings? When its dark and everyone still asleep or just getting moving?
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