Have you been delaying your morning workouts because you’re too lazy to wake up in the morning? If the answer is yes, it is time to start now.
Most of us have a busy schedule and usually don’t find enough time to pay attention to our body fitness. Morning workouts have benefits like improving mental and physical energy, enhancing metabolism, and promoting better sleep.
So, if you need some motivation to hit that alarm and wake up for a morning workout, try these easy tricks.
1. Be Prepared The Night Before
If you are heading to the gym, it is good to pack your essentials before bedtime. Keep a checklist for your gym essentials like gym clothes, sports bra, water bottle, running shoes, music, etc. Once you are done packing your stuff for the morning, strike them out so you know if you have missed out on anything. If you plan ahead, you can avoid the chaos in the morning and can also get you to start your class on time.
2. Set Your Alarm More Than Once
If you are new to morning workouts, the first thing you need to do is set multiple alarms. Keeping your alarm device away from the bed may help. Snoozing is common, but you need to focus on waking up and not snoozing the alarms you set for the day.
This is usually the first obstacle of the day and once you have won the battle, you are good to go for a healthy morning.
3. Go To Bed Early
Make it a practice to go to bed early. You will realize that going to bed early and getting enough rest can get you to wake up early without any difficulty. The National Sleep Foundation recommends at least 7–9 hours of sound sleep for young and older adults.1
When it is time for bed, try to completely disconnect yourself from any distractions that may cause you to delay your sleep. For instance, switch off your phone, laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices. Make sure you are not playing games on any of these devices either as there are studies that show screen light can delay your sleep.2
4. Soak Up Some Sun
Wake up to natural light in the morning. You can do so by positioning your bed toward the east so that when the sun rises, natural light will fall on you. You can also feel the sun’s rays by walking up to an open window and allowing the rays fall on your body.
Light regulates the brain’s internal clock and also impacts the sleep pattern. By exposing yourself to natural light, you are also waking your brain up from sleep.3
5. Have A Healthy Breakfast
You don’t want to be one of those who runs out of energy at the gym. To avoid this, you need to have a healthy breakfast before you begin your workout. It is important to have something light and at the same time something that can give you enough energy for some workout.
Try to have your breakfast at least an hour or two before you start your workout and avoid fatty foods. Include foods like yogurt and fruit, your favorite smoothie, or high-fiber cereals with fruits like berries.
6. Convince Your Friend To Join
It is always more fun if you can get your friend or sibling to workout with you. On the days you are lazy, you will probably get some motivation and support from them. Getting a fitness buddy makes you obligated to show up and leaves no room for excuse.
7. Remember The Results
If your motivation slowly begins to wear out, all you need to do is go back in time and recall how you felt when you were done with your morning workout. Possible feelings may include feeling refreshed and pumped up with energy.
If you need more motivation, flip through the pages of an old photo album. Does it make any difference? Think about it, getting a toned body is not just about looking great, it is also about feeling great.
|↑1||National Sleep Foundation Recommends New Sleep Times. National Sleep Foundation.|
|↑2||Electronics In The Bedroom: Why It’s Necessary To Turn Off Before You Tuck In. National Sleep Foundation.|
|↑3||Light, Sleep, and School-Aged Children: A Complex Relationship. National Sleep Foundation.|