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Have you ever had an early morning workout and felt more alert and productive throughout the day? That’s no coincidence. Working out in the morning has many benefits for both your body and your mind. Exercise jump-starts your metabolism, which helps keep your body burn calories at a higher rate throughout the day. A recent study has found that exercise before breakfast can help counter the ill effects of overeating. In addition, when you work out in the morning, you don’t have to worry about getting to the gym after a long day at work. It gets your exercise out of the way early!
Although there are many benefits to working out in the morning, it can often be a challenge to get yourself out of bed and to the gym. If you’re struggling to stay motivated for your morning exercise, try some of our tips below!
Tips to Stay Motivated for Your Morning Exercise
1. Move Your Alarm Clock
The hardest challenge of exercising in the morning is actually getting out of bed. One of the best ways to get you up and moving is to force yourself to get up! By placing your alarm clock on the other side of the room, you are making yourself physically get out of bed to shut it off. Once you’re awake, turn the lights on and keep yourself standing by stretching and changing into your workout clothes. Once you get to the gym, you will realize how awake your body is.
2. Find a Workout Buddy
Not only will you feel more obligated to get to the gym, but also, your new workout partner will be a great motivator! If someone is relying on meeting you for a tennis match at 7am, you are not going to want to disappoint him or her. If you are unable to find a workout buddy, signing up for an early morning class is a great alternative. You will still feel dedicated to go, and you will meet some potential workout partners in the class.
3. Meal Prep the Night Before
The less work you have to do when you wake up, the more likely you will make it to the gym. Prepare your breakfast and lunch (if you plan on heading straight to work) the night before to keep you eating healthy. In addition to meal prepping, have your exercise clothes laid out and pack a bag with your work clothes the night before. Having everything prepared will allow you to fit in as much sleep as possible.
4. Go to Bed Early
While this tip sounds simple, it is often the biggest weakness. Getting to bed earlier allows you to wake up earlier while not sacrificing any sleep. When you’re trying to get into the routine of going to bed earlier, be sure to turn off your TV and close your laptop at least 30 minutes before hopping into bed. The light from your TV, laptop, and cellphone keep your brain stimulated, causing you to stay up longer than you’d like to.
5. Reward Your Efforts
You’ve set a goal to get to the gym four mornings during the workweek, and you did it. Reward yourself for it! Something as little as treating yourself to a manicure, buying that new blouse you’ve been wanting for weeks, or going to the movies with friends are all great and inexpensive ways to keep yourself motivated to hit your goals next week.
6. Don’t Sweat a Slip Up
Don’t worry too much about skipping your workout one morning. Instead of focusing on the negative, think about what prevented you from getting to the gym. Did you stay up too late? Did you forget to prepare the night before? Listen to your body and learn from your mistakes. In addition, scheduling a rest day as part of your workout routine will keep your body safe and help you from skipping the gym because of exhaustion.
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