Get Up! Get Motivated! Go Work Out!

Posted on 15 July 2015

For many of us, getting out of bed in the morning is tough.   The alarm comes way too soon, interrupting our rest and signaling the start of another day.  Working out in the morning has plenty of benefits, including starting the day by taking time for just yourself and getting the blood and endorphins pumping before you head into 12 hours of unknown mayhem.  If you’ve tried it before, you probably agree- it feels GREAT to start the day energized, but waking up and hitting the gym is a really, really hard habit to get into, especially if you’re not a morning person.  There are some things you can do to get motivated, though, and to make the transition from “Sleepyhead” to “Morning Musclehead” a little bit easier.

The first step is to be prepared.  It’s far too easy to make excuses not to go to the gym, so pack your bag the night before.  Lay out your workout clothes and pack your change of clothes, toiletries, towel, water bottle- all of the things you’ll need during and after your workout get packed in your gym bag the night before your workout.  Place your gym bag in an easy-to-remember spot, so you don’t forget to grab it!

When you wake up, think bright!  Turn on the lights right away, get some energetic music pumping (being respectful of anyone who’s still sleeping, of course!), and put on your brightest colored workout clothes.  Experts note that the brightness is associated with energy, and your brain will pick up on the motivators to shake you into wake-up mode.  Keep yourself moving- letting yourself sit on the edge of the bed contemplating your sock choice can too easily turn into “I’m too tired for this,” so don’t stop moving until your workout is done!

Have your meal plan ready to go!  Caffeine can be a helpful friend in your workout, so go ahead and have a cup before you hit the mat.  Program your coffee-maker or have supplies ready for that morning cup so you don’t have to wait around and make excuses.  Grab your travel mug and get moving.  If you’re more food-motivated, promise yourself a nutritious post-workout meal.  Replenishing nutrients after a workout is essential, and being excited about that egg-white omelet from the office cafeteria can be a good reason to bust out a few extra reps before breakfast.

Most importantly, none of these will work if you’re not realistic.  If you wake up stiff and sore, a 5.30am TRX class may not be a good choice for you.  Instead, work with what you’ve got and honor how your body works.  Maybe you’re better suited for a 6.00am hot yoga class to get your body moving and your metabolism working.  If your kids need to be at school at 8.00am, hitting the gym at 7.30 may be cutting things a little close.  Plan carefully for your body and your schedule so you can get the most out of your morning workout, instead of suffering through an insufficient workout!

Sure, it may be rough at first, but with perseverance and practice, you’ll join the legions of morning warriors and feel spectacular for doing so.

Have fun and stay active!

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