Reap the benefits of a morning workout with these 10 fabulous tips for motivating yourself to get up and hit the gym before work. These 10 tips are so effective and so easy to integrate into your life that you will have no trouble fitting an early workout into your schedule.
1. GET YOURSELF OUT OF BED BY MOVING YOUR ALARM CLOCK
Do you have that alarm-turning-off reflex? You know what we mean: your alarm goes off and, without really waking up, you turn over in bed and turn it off before going straight back to sleep. Moving your alarm clock to the other end of the room is a great way to ensure that you actually get out of bed in the morning. You will need to physically leave your bed in order to turn it off, and once you have managed to get up, that’s half the battle: it will seem a whole lot easier to head on down to the gym.
2. GET A GYM BUDDY
Working out with a friend is a wonderful way to stay motivated. You can have fun and encourage each other. Make things even better by entering in to a pact to go for a delicious, healthy and energizing breakfast after your workout.
3. THINK OF THE GYM AS A SOCIAL SPACE
Heading out to a party gives us a buzz and makes us feel excited, largely because of the thought of the people that we are going to meet there. Think of the gym in a similar way – as a place where you can make new friends and perhaps even flirt a little with other people – and you will feel a whole lot more motivated for that morning workout.
4. GIVE YOURSELF A GOAL TO ACHIEVE
Are you the sort of person who is motivated by challenges? Sit down the night before you go to the gym and write down the challenge that you want to meet in the morning – e.g. I want to swim 1k before work, or I want to exceed by personal best on the weight machine tomorrow. You’ll be ready and raring to go when you wake up in the morning, as you’ll be so keen to see what you can achieve!
5. GET IN TO THE RHYTHM
Studies have found that music can enhance our workout experience. Putting on a positive, rhythmic tune keeps us focused, and can also make us feel less tired as we work out (perhaps because our mind is focused on the music and thus not able to notice the ache in our muscles). When jogging or lifting weights, rhythmic music will also help us to get in to a nice, rhythmic pace with our workout. And, as you listen to your favorite tunes, that workout will fly by. So sing along, let some positive lyrics motivate you and lift your spirit and enjoy that morning workout. Switching to calmer music with a slower tempo will also help you to cool down after you have worked out.
6. DON’T MAKE IT A MAD RUSH IN THE MORNING
Preparing your gym bag the night before will make getting ready for that workout in the morning much easier. Pack your water bottle, protein snacks and exercise clothes the night before, or lay those running clothes out beside your bed, and your morning routine will be a breeze.
7. GIVE YOURSELF A REWARD
Getting up early and working out is a significant achievement. So motivate yourself with rewards such as tasty meals at the end of the week, or perhaps a trip to the cinema with your partner.
8. USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO STAY ACCOUNTABLE
Use social media to tell friends that you plan to work out. Check in at the gym on Facebook. Post photos of your gym bag or workout spot. All of this will create a feeling of accountability: once you have told the world that you will be working out, you have to actually do it!
9. GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO ADJUST
Your body and your mind both need a certain period of time to adjust to a new routine. When you first begin working out in the morning, you may find that you feel super sleepy and you cannot manage a heavy workout session. So start slow. Ease yourself in to that new routine. After a couple of weeks, you will think nothing of leaping out of bed at 7am, going for a half hour swim or an hour at the gym, and arriving at work at 9am sharp, alert, focused and filled with energy and that lovely post exercise glow.
10. WORKOUTS AND GREAT BREAKFASTS GO HAND IN HAND
Food is a fantastic motivation. And, when you are working out in the morning, a hearty breakfast is not just an indulgence or a reward, it is a necessity. So, when you work out in the morning, you can look forward to fresh smoothies, pancakes filled with bananas and berries, protein packed coffee drinks and nutrient rich cereals. It is best to have this large breakfast after you have worked out, to help you call down. However, you will still need to have the energy to work out in the first place, so try grabbing a piece of fruit or a handful of nuts with a quick coffee and plenty of water before you head down to the gym.