Regardless if you are a morning person or not, it’s never easy to get yourself anywhere before the sun comes up, let alone the gym. It takes a good amount of commitment and determination, but can reap great benefits as well.
Our 5:30am class is one of our largest (and most consistent by far). Working out to start your day can make the rest of your day much more productive, keep your nutrition on track, and you don’t have to worry about getting it in later.
The reality is, for many of us, once we have families and careers there are very limited times that don’t require our attention, other than while everyone else is sleeping, making this the great time to workout.
Whether you are waking up and starting your day with a workout, or sleeping in and missing it, the former will always play out in the long run. Many people are not where they want to be because of the long term effects of many small decisions, one of them being consistently getting to the gym.
Here are the 3 best tips we have found to workout early in the morning:
1. Set your clothes out before going to bed
This may seem like a very basic and simple task, but it really helps! When waking up earlier than you want, you are typically not firing on all mental cylinders immediately, and this can lead to taking forever to make decisions. Let alone, the psychological commitment to putting your clothes out removes one mental roadblock you can do without.
2. Put your alarm away from your bed
If your alarm is within an arm’s reach, you are MUCH more likely to turn it off and go right back to sleep. Your alarm should be far enough away from your bed that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. This will get you up and out to grab your already placed out clothes, and before you know it you will be moving in the right direction.
PRO TIP: Set more than 1 alarm, just in case you snooze too many times or crawl back into bed.
3. Turn on the light right when you get up
It’s no secret that you sleep better when it’s dark, and it’s easier to be awake when it’s not. Right when you get up (after turning off the alarm of course), turn on the light and get dressed. The first 5-10 minutes may not be the easiest, but just put one foot in front of the other, then you’re on your way to the gym!
Follow these 3 simple steps to get you to the gym in the morning. You will feel accomplished, start your day off with a win, and consistently prioritize your health!