The benefits of working out in the morning are well documented. From improved mood to increased energy and alertness, healthier eating patterns, and more, there are so many reasons to start your morning with a sweat sesh. Plus, for those of us with hectic schedules, the morning may be the only time we can get a workout in. While it takes motivation, consistency, and likely a few changes to your bedtime and morning routine, getting your exercise in first thing is totally worth it. Want to know how to become a morning workout person? We’ve rounded up our best tips!
How to Become a Morning Workout Person
1. Sleep is Key
If you want to workout in the morning, you need to make sure you not only get enough sleep, but get good quality sleep. Aim for seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night so that you feel rested and energized in the morning. Put devices away 30 to 60 minutes before bed, and do something relaxing like reading or meditation. Make sure your sleep environment is cool, dark and quiet. These tips will help you sleep better, stress less, and have more energy. You may need to make adjustments to your sleep routine/hours to get your morning workout in.
2. Start Gradually
If you’re not used to morning workouts, start by gradually waking up 15 minutes earlier than usual. This means you’ll have to start going to bed earlier too to ensure you’re getting the proper amount of rest. Slowly adjust your sleep and wake-up time until you reach your desired workout time. It can take time to get used to a new schedule, so go easy on yourself and know that it’s okay to take things slow.
3. Prep for Your Workout the Night Before
Being prepared is key to success. Set out your workout clothes, sneakers, and gym bag the night before so it’s all ready for you when you wake up. This saves you time in the morning and also ensures you don’t forget anything. You can also prep make-ahead breakfasts like egg bites or overnight oats that you can eat right when you wake up and digest before your workout.
4. Let the Light In
Exposure to natural light in the morning can help regulate your body’s internal clock and make it easier to wake up. This will depend on the time of year, but allow the morning light to shine into your bedroom so you can wake up with the sun. Make sure your blinds aren’t blackout and consider leaving your curtains open to let light in as the sun rises. During the months when it’s darker in the morning, you can use a sunrise alarm clock to mimic natural light.
5. Find Your Favourite Workout
If the thought of waking up to lift heavy weights in the morning makes you want to stay in bed and hide, this probably isn’t the best workout for you. If you struggle to get active in the morning, consider the types of movements and environments you like best. Maybe you prefer to get outside and jog or play tennis with a friend. Or perhaps you feel most motivated to go to a boxing or spin class.
6. Drink Lots of Water
As soon as you get up in the morning, chug a glass of water. It rehydrates you after a waterless night, increases your energy levels, boosts mental performance, and can get your metabolism going. Dehydration can make you feel tired and groggy, so replenishing with water first thing ensures your tissues and organs get the fluids they need as soon as possible. You can also add a slice of lemon for boosted hydration and energy!
7. Find a Workout Buddy
Having a workout partner can provide motivation and accountability. Knowing that someone is relying on you makes it more difficult to skip your morning workout. Ask your friends, co-workers, or family members to see if anyone else is trying to get into morning workouts too. If so, figure out what workouts you both like and create a schedule to exercise together.
8. Make the Most Out of Rest Days
It’s important to keep your sleep and wake up schedule consistent, even on days you don’t workout. Rest days are super important for recovery and injury prevention. Think about how to spend your non-workout mornings doing something you enjoy. Maybe this includes a leisurely walk around a nearby park listening to your favourite podcast, or perhaps you’d like to read and prepare a delicious breakfast. Don’t let yourself sleep in, as it will throw off your routine.
9. Mindset is Everything
Your mindset can help you become a morning workout person. Focus on the benefits of morning workouts, such as increased energy throughout the day, improved mood, and a sense of accomplishment. Knowing all the benefits you’re getting from morning exercise can motivate you to keep it going. Think about how awesome you feel when you’re finished working out – both physically and mentally.
10. Create a Motivating Morning Playlist
Create a playlist of upbeat, motivating music you can play in the morning to get you in the mood for exercise. Music can be a powerful motivator and can boost your energy levels. If you’re a runner, you can also create a running playlist to keep you moving! Good music can make your workouts so much more enjoyable, and a playlist curated by you will ensure you love every second!
We hope you loved these tips to help you get your workouts in in the morning. Get your day started right!
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