It seems there are two types of people in this world, those that love jumping out of bed in the morning and those that hit the snooze at least five times before forcing one leg out of bed. This writer is the latter, but in the effort to move into a better health category mornings need to become more active. If you too wish to become a morning exerciser then read on for some tips to get you started on the path to better health.
It is possible to train your body to be ready for exercise each morning, but you must prepare the night before. Be prepared by getting your workout clothes ready and waiting for the morning. It is hard to lose, and waste, time looking for the appropriate gear. So have your clothes, shoes, and any gear ready and waiting for the morning workout. If you are working out at home to a DVD then have that ready to go as well. If you are leaving a gym and headed straight to work, have these items and a healthy snack ready the night before as well. The fewer things you have to do in the morning, the fewer excuses you have to not work out. In addition to preparing, go to bed a bit earlier. We all appreciate a good night’s sleep, so make sure you get one.
If you do get up and work out, make yourself a deal to get through. Something such as, if I get up and work out for 10 or 15 minutes and am still tired, I will go back to bed. Also schedule a day off. This can lead to a reward system. Reward yourself for consistently working out for a set number of times. This can be a small or large reward, it depends on you. To help you stay on track, hold yourself accountable by others. Find a workout buddy or simply share your plan publicly. Sharing the plan with someone can help you feel more accountable and do what is needed. Most of all, remember that this is a big change and can be hard. Give yourself time to break into the new routine. Best of luck in all your future workouts.