There are many benefits to working out in the morning. But if you consider yourself more of a night owl than an early bird, the thought of dragging yourself to the gym first thing in the morning can seem pretty daunting. How can you make morning workouts easier? Preparation is key! With these four tips, getting to the gym in the morning will be a whole lot easier.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Getting good, quality sleep with help prepare you to bring your best to your morning workout. Start winding down an hour before bedtime by shutting off your phone, tablet and computer. Opt for a relaxing activity, like reading a book or sipping a cup of (caffeine-free) tea, instead. Also, it’s probably a no-brainer, but if you’re planning on getting up earlier, you should hit the hay earlier, too.
Put Your Alarm Clock Out of Arm’s Reach
I crank up my cell phone alarm to full volume and set it in the living room. Why? I find if I have to physically get out of bed to turn off my alarm, I’m much less likely to crawl back in to bed and skip my morning sweat session.
Get Organized the Night Before
Avoid scrambling (and wasting time) in the morning by getting organized the night before your sweat session. Put your gym clothes on top of your dresser. Gather any other items you’ll need (think iPod, keys, water bottle and headphones) and place them in your gym back or on the table next to the door.
Get a Workout Buddy
Most likely, you have a friend, family member, neighbor or coworker who works out in the morning (or wants to start). Ask if they’d be interested in hitting the gym together a few days a week. You’re less likely to hit that snooze button if you know that your buddy is expecting you.
What do you do to make morning workouts easier? Please share in the comments below!