I have also found listening to the Spark Radio (podcast) which I have download all available on my I pod (via I Tunes) in the morning in addition to logging onto the website is a great way for setting the tone of my day.
I get up a little early so I can make my coffee or pot of tea and read the news, or play on Sparkpeople. It helps me wake up gently and look forward to the day rather than loathe my alarm clock and life outside of my cozy bed. Do something you enjoy right away. If you must get up, talk yourself into it with something special.
I TRY TO WAKE UP 30 MINUTES EARLIER EVERY MORNING AND DO THE 30 DAY SHRED DVD. IT GIVE ME MORE ENERGY THROUGH OUT THE DAY AND BY THE TIME I GET HOME FROM WORK I CAN JUST CHILL OUT AND GO TO SLEEP. CONFIDENT KNOWING THAT I WORKED OUT.
I wake up early to walk, but I am slow to start in the morning!
I just wanted to share that will trying to lose weight, a few things helped me. I changed my diet and stopped eating meat..i reduced sugars because i love sweets!! I ordered the water dispensers for my home with helped me drink cold great water daily...and i used makeup! Which was something i never did but inbetween workout if i didnt lose weight or inches...Seeing a beautiful face in the mirror helped me to stay motivated. http://www.marykay.com/acart
It's hard, but I find that if I exercise in the morning I feel motivated to be healthy for the rest of the day. After a good morning workout I eat healthier all day, drink more water, and feel more energetic. If I wait until the evening, I snack during the day and think to myself 'I'll make it up later tonight when I workout'. Then I'm too tired and discouraged by the time workout time comes around.
I don't especially like to exercise, so I put out my exercise clothes the night before, and when i get up, and see them there, I'm more likely to put them on (if I don't, they make me feel guilty! LOL!!) and just get started. Once I'm started, I fell good about the fact that I'm doing something good for me and usually do 30-45 minutes of cardio and then some strength training! If I'm really short of time, I just do 10-15 minutes, but at least I've done something!
I always lose track of time in the morning and end up running late, so I set an alarm about 5 minutes before I needed to walk out the door. When the alarm went off, it was supposed to alert me to hustle and get out the door, but I found that I became motivated to 'beat the clock' and be ready before the alarm goes off. I wish I would have discovered this years ago.
When I want to wake up early and exercise, I find that it is much easier if I put on my full workout gear (minus socks & shoes!) BEFORE going to bed. That way when I wake up and am groggy and full of excuses, I know that half the battle - getting dressed to work out - is already done. It is much easier to get out of bed and straight out the door!
I drink a glass of water the minute I get up, before I do anything else. Because it "cleans" my intestines, and it's a wake up for my body, to get it ready for breakfast, plus it's adding a cup of water to my daily intake of water!! :) Hope you like this secret!
Every morning as soon as I wake up I drink 4-6 cups of water before eating anything. I consider it my morning "cleanse" and start to a new day of eating healthy and exercising. Not only do I get a great morning hydration, but I also am reminded to do well that day.
As an emotional eater, I am constantly sneaking in positive reminders to myself in various formats. I particularly like when my mobile phone calendar alarm sounds off at 6:00am with a daily motivational reminder like: “Act as if today is a great day!” or “Act as if I am strong, lean, healthy, and sexy”.
If you have trouble getting up in the morning sleep in your workout clothes so all you have to do is roll out of bed and hit it. Or put your clothes right next to your bed so you at least step on them on your way out of bed :)
My mornings have been so much more productive since I started waking up to an alarm which plays a recording of robins chirping. The sound is not disruptive; robins are a local bird that chirp in the mornings outside my window anyway. I wake up naturally and feel more refreshed. I have been using this method to wake up before dawn to work out. It tricks my mind into thinking it is time to get up with the birds!
Instant energy boost...no caffeine needed.
It can be tough to get up early each morning to exercise. I whether or not my main routine is indoors, I found that if I get outside to do a quick jog or go for a walk, I am much more motivated and energized!
Before you go to bed, set out your workout clothes and sneakers in a place where you can't miss them in the morning. Having your gear all ready to go makes it easier to get dressed in a jiffy, and be out the door on your jog before you can think of excuses to skip the workout!
I spend an hour on a Sunday preparing as much food as I can for the following week. For example I wash grapes and put them in separate containers. I chop lots of onion so I just have to grab a handful when making an omlete. It saves so much time when cooking!
In The Sparks Book appendices there is a section showing exercises you can do without equipment. In the morning I do one set of those every day to get me going. Only takes 5 minutes and you don't have to have "rest" days because you are not doing multiple sets or pushing yourself.