Our best tips for staying motivated
One part of living a healthier lifestyle is eating nutritious foods and practicing portion control, while the other part is getting regular exercise. Working out in the morning makes it easier to stick to a routine and means you’re less likely to skip a workout.
Working out in the morning can also boost your mood and clear your mind, starting your day off with less stress! However, getting the motivation to wake up earlier to work out can definitely be challenging.
That’s why we’re giving you our best tips for getting to the gym in the morning:
- Lay out your clothes the night before. The less thinking or planning you have to do in the morning, the better. Make sure you pick out an outfit that you know you’ll feel good in, like one with bright colors. This will help motivate you to get up and out the door quicker.
- Place your alarm clock (or phone) away from the bed. This means you’ll have to get up to turn your alarm off. Take it one step further by turning the lights on right after you get up, to wake yourself up right away. If you’re still guilty of crawling back into bed, try setting two alarms ten minutes apart.
- Label your alarms. Set the titles of your alarms to a motivational phrase, like “You got this!” or “You can do it!” Seeing those words first thing in the morning will often give you the extra push you need to get up and get moving.
- Go to bed early. If you’re hitting the gym in the morning, chances are you’ll have to wake up earlier. If you don’t adjust your bedtime accordingly, you may hit a midday crash. If this keeps up, you may gradually lose your motivation and end up skipping your morning workout altogether. Instead, try going to bed 10 minutes earlier every week until it becomes routine.
- Listen to music while getting ready. Listening to music helps your brain produce dopamine, which can help get you pumped up. Create a workout playlist and start it right when you wake up, so you’re excited to leave the house and get your workout on!
- Find a friend to work out with. This can be someone at the gym, a friend you walk with in the morning, or even someone you just met at your yoga class. Having someone else to work out with holds you accountable and makes it less likely that you'll repeatedly hit snooze!
If you’ve tried these tips and a morning workout isn’t for you, don’t fret! The most important thing is to establish an exercise routine you’re comfortable with and stick to it.
What are some of your best workout tips? Tell us in the comments!