Although many of us plan to wake up a couple hours earlier to fit in an early morning exercise before a busy day, when the time comes to actually get out of bed, this idea often becomes less appealing.
Here are some tips to help you get an early rise for exercise:
1) Go to bed earlier. To make up for the sleep you will be missing by waking up earlier, try going to bed a couple of hours earlier. Give your body some time to adjust to your new sleeping schedule, and before you know it, you will be able to get up without an alarm.
2) Try putting a motivational quote next to your bed (on your nightstand, perhaps). This way, when your alarm goes off you will be reminded of how much you want to reach your goals, and you may be less likely to hit the snooze button!
3) Get a morning workout buddy. By having someone to rely on you to work out, you will be less likely to blow off your workout. Think of it as a carpool. Just like you wouldn’t leave your friend stranded without a ride to work, you shouldn’t leave them stranded without some workout support. Having the support of a workout buddy can really push you to focus.
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4) Take baby steps. If you find it hard to wake up hours earlier for a full morning workout, start with getting up 10 minutes earlier, and taking a quick power walk/run around the block before work. Be sure to take mini power walks/runs throughout your day, such as at lunch time, in the late afternoon, and after dinner. After you get comfortable with this routine, wake up a little earlier and extend your morning walking/running time.
5) Make a commitment to burning calories throughout the day in alternative ways! If you are not a morning person, try doing 40 minutes of power walking or aerobic movement throughout your day on most days of the week - then on the weekends, you can fit in a more strenuous exercise regimen that may also include some resistance training.
Exercise shouldn’t feel like a burden, it should be something you look forward to doing!