We’ve all been there — It’s 5 A.M. the alarm goes off, you pry your eyes open to meet a still dark room, and somehow have to find the motivation to get out of bed and get to the gym, before the sun is even awake. It may seem tough, especially when you’re still wrapped up in your warm comfortable blankets, but these 4 morning workout tips will make it easier to get up and get moving, even when it’s the last thing you want to do.
1. Pre-Pack Your Bags
When you’re not a morning person, but you’re determined to get your morning workout in, you have to set yourself up for success the night before. That means getting into a healthy bedtime routine, having your meals prepped and ready to go ahead of time, and packing your gym bags, so that all you have to do is get up and go in the morning. Pack your clothes for the day in your ISOPack the night before, and when you wake up you can stuff your meal prep in the insulated meal storage compartment and head out for your morning workout without delay.
If you set yourself up for success the night before, getting moving for your morning workout is as easy as waking up, putting on your workout gear, and walking out the front door.2. Turn On The Light
When you’re waking up before sunrise you can’t count on natural light to slowly pull you from the comfort of your slumber. Instead get out of bed and immediately flip on the light switch. An immediate stream of harsh light will do two things for you. First, it will jolt your system awake, and second, it will make you rethink crawling back into bed. This is your first step to energizing your morning and getting ready for your workout.
If immediately flipping on a bright light is too much for you, but you can’t wait for the sun to come up and help you to naturally awaken, try a sunlight simulation wake up light machine.
3. Pump Up The Jams
Studies have shown that morning workouts are more beneficial than afternoon or evening workouts. This is because working out first thing in the morning sets the pace for your entire day. But sometimes it’s hard to get moving so early without a little help. Music is motivational and energizing because it is able to directly communicate with our sympathetic nervous system to prepare our bodies for action. Different people are motivated by different types of music so finding the right beat, tempo, and sound for you is important.
To get the most out of your pre workout morning jam session, find the music that energizes you the most, and set your alarm to play that genre — or specific song — and wake up ready to move.
4. Make It A Habit
Waking up early, and starting a morning workout routine is especially intimidating for people who do not see themselves as inherently “morning people”. The best way to get around that is to make working out first thing in the morning a habit. Forming a habit takes time, so don’t be surprised if after a few days, you still aren’t jumping out of bed excited to start your morning workout. It could take weeks, or even months, until this starts to feel normal, and then even longer until you’d actually consider it a habit.
Consistency is key when you’re trying to develop a new habit. That doesn’t mean that you have to workout every morning, but it does mean that you can’t ever skip out on a scheduled morning workout.
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