Exercise in the morning can bring so many benefits from feeling more energised to stress-busting.
Waking up early is one of the biggest challenges for a morning workout. So let me help out with my top tips for getting to that workout!
Finding ways to motivate yourself for a morning workout are challenging because it is often natural instinct to wake up slowly and approach the day calmly. Exercising right away can often be a shock to the system if it’s not something you are in the habit of doing. Here’s how you can become a morning workout fanatic!
Tip 1: Prepare the night before
When your alarm goes off at 6am (or whatever time it may be), the last thing you want to be doing is fumbling around packing your gym bag. I’d recommend organising this the night before.
Taking just 15 minutes before you go to bed to pack everything you need for the gym / a run / workout will save you a lot of time in the morning. Plus it’s easier to wake up knowing you can head straight out of the door.
Tip 2: Keep your alarm in a separate room
I tried this one recently and it worked a treat! My phone is basically my alarm. I started putting my phone in the living room, or even in the hallway. This means when it goes off I actually have to get out of bed to turn it off.
Typically this will prevent you lying in bed and hitting the snooze alarm over and over. Talking from personal experience, this is definitely one of the best ways to motivate yourself for a morning workout.
Tip 3: Visualise yourself once you have finished the workout
Lying in a comfy, warm and cosy bed makes it super easy to disregard the outcomes of a workout. But I find it helps to actually imagine yourself finishing the workout and how great you feel afterwards. For me, seeing myself finish it gives me the motivation to face the day.
Tip 4: Think of exercise as giving your body all the love it needs
By just completing some form of exercise brings so many health benefits. Even just 20-30 minutes of exercise has long-lasting benefits.
Tip 5: Go with a friend or colleague
By making plans to hit the gym with someone else, you create more of a commitment. It’s one thing cancelling plans with yourself, but it’s harder to cancel plans with other people. I find that planning a gym session with a friend means I’m way more likely to actually turn up, because I don’t want to let them down.
Tip 6: Give yourself direct rewards
For example, say every time you go to the gym you will put £5 in a jar towards your next holiday. Creating something tangible out of visiting the gym enables you to see the rewards accumulating. This is a direct form of satisfaction.
Another idea might be to keep a chart on the wall and note down the days you plan to workout and tick them off as you go. This way, you can see if there is any correlation on the days that you miss it. Perhaps it’s because you went to bed late the night before. Whatever the reason, you will start to see a pattern and then can find measures to prevent you missing a workout. I personally find that ticking off workouts as you do them is one of the best ways to motivate yourself for a morning workout.
Tip 7: Make working out fun
This can be challenging, but finding a hobby that keeps you fit, rather than just running or going to the gym can be easier. Take a look at my top hobby ideas by clicking here. For example, try taking up an exercise class you enjoy. Or maybe playing tennis with a friend in the mornings. This can make it easier to get to your workout knowing that it’s going to be fun.
What are your top tips for ways to motivate yourself for a morning workout? I’d love to hear them in the comments section below!