Working out first thing in the morning is a great way to get in those extra steps and reach your goals. You’ll feel invigorated and healthy while giving you a head start on your step goals.
Many of us have trouble waking up early and getting moving. If that sounds familiar, try these simple tips to make getting in your morning workout easier. If you’re not a morning person, these simple rules will help get you moving:
- Plan ahead so you can get moving without relying on willpower
- Make starting your workout easier to avoid common excuses
Here are a few specific tips:
1. Lay out your workout clothes and gear the night before
Choose everything you need to wear for your walk, run or exercise and lay it out the night before. When you wake up, you can quickly get dressed and go even if your brain is still warming up.
A useful trick is laying out your gear in a different room. Moving around your house helps wake you up and resist the urge to go back to sleep. It also avoids disturbing your significant other if they’re sleeping in the same room.
Try putting your phone or alarm clock near the door of your bedroom. You’ll have to get out of bed to turn it off, and you’ll already be moving towards the place your workout gear is waiting for you. Lay out a path from your bed to your front door and each step you take will make the next one easier!
2. Prepare a SMALL, nutritious snack and glass of water so you can grab and go
A quick burst of energy can help you get moving and stay moving. Prepare a small, nutritious snack that you can eat as you’re heading out. Choose something that’s small and light enough that it won’t upset your stomach and that gives you a quick burst of energy.
Great options include a banana (or other easy to eat fruit), a healthy granola bar (or half if yours is high in calories) or even just a piece of toast with jam. Experiment with different snacks to see what works best for you. Try to avoid fatty foods or heavy dairy products that are slow to digest and can give you an upset stomach while you’re exercising.
Leave your snack on your kitchen counter next to a glass of water, or in a separate container in the fridge. That way, you can walk by, take a few bites and start your walk!
3. Find a walking buddy or sign up for a fitness class
Accountability can be the best motivation. If you know other walkers in your area, look for a walking buddy and set a time to meet for your morning walk. When you feel the urge to sleep in, you’ll remember that your buddy will be waiting for you.
If you’re more of a group exerciser, try signing up for a fitness class. Even if there’s no penalty for not going, the act of signing up can give you extra motivation to follow through on your commitment. If you can find a friend to go with you, you’ll be even more determined to wake up and move because you won’t want your friend to show up all alone.
It’s often enough to just keep a walking log with entries for each day you plan on walking. The very act of writing down whether you followed through can push you not to skip a day’s walk.
Early morning workouts are a great way to get extra steps in, wake yourself up and invigorate your body for the entire day.
To make getting up and starting to move easier, create a path from your bedroom to your front door. Make your morning rountine simple and easy, and arrange your tasks so that you’re moving closer and closer to your end goal – the front door. The faster you can go from waking up to energized to walking out the door, the more likely you’ll be to succeed!