Easy Ways To Become A Morning Workout Person
Working out in the morning is not easy. I’m sharing some great tips to get yourself to become a morning workout person!
When I first started in the gym, I would start by going after work. I’d find myself getting my sweat on right after work, and hitting the hay HARD right after! Then I had kids. 🙂 I had to run home and pick up my children who were being taken care of at the daycare, and the commute home was adventurous to say the least.
I quickly learned how to become a morning workout person, and even though it was rough at first, it quickly became my favorite way to start my day. Working out in the morning was so good for my brain–all of a sudden I was thinking clearly, I had a bit more pep in my step, and I felt super accomplished before 8am!
Here are some of the tips I have for how to become an early morning exerciser:
Becoming a morning workout person might seem challenging at first, especially if you’re not naturally a morning person. However, with dedication, the right strategies, and some patience, you can establish a morning fitness routine that becomes second nature. Here are some tips to help you transition into a morning workout enthusiast:
- Gradual Adjustment: Don’t attempt to become a 5 a.m. gym-goer overnight if you’re used to waking up at 8 a.m. Gradually shift your wake-up time earlier by 15-30 minutes every few days until you hit your target.
- Prepare the Night Before: Lay out your workout clothes, fill your water bottle, and have your gym bag packed. This reduces morning friction and simplifies your a.m. routine.
- Sleep Earlier: It’s essential to get 7-9 hours of sleep for optimal health and energy. If you’re waking up earlier, you need to sleep earlier. Consider setting a bedtime alarm to remind you it’s time to wind down.
- Establish a Morning Ritual: A consistent routine can signal to your body that it’s time to get up and move. This could include drinking a glass of water, doing some light stretching, or listening to an energizing playlist.
- Set an Alarm – And Stick to It: Place your alarm clock or phone across the room, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. This can prevent the temptation to hit the snooze button.
- Find a Workout Buddy: Having a friend to meet up with can be a powerful motivator. It’s harder to bail on a workout when someone is waiting for you.
- Start with What You Love: Choose a workout you genuinely enjoy. Whether it’s a dance class, a jog in the park, or a yoga session, the activity will seem less like a chore.
- Stay Consistent: It takes time to establish a new habit. Commit to your morning workouts for at least 30 days to solidify the routine.
- Stay Hydrated: Drinking water right after you wake up can kickstart your metabolism and shake off the morning grogginess.
- Eat a Light Snack: Having a small snack like a banana or a handful of nuts can provide you with a quick energy boost without weighing you down.
- Celebrate Small Wins: Every morning you successfully complete your workout, reward yourself in a small way. Over time, these positive reinforcements can help solidify the habit.
- Stay Flexible: Some days might not go as planned, and that’s okay. If you miss a morning workout, try to fit in some physical activity later in the day.
- Limit Evening Stimulants: Reduce your intake of caffeine and sugar in the evening. This can help you get a better night’s sleep, making it easier to wake up energized.
- Join a Morning Class or Group: Having a scheduled class or group to attend can be a great motivator. Plus, paying in advance can make you more committed to showing up.
- Visualize the Benefits: Remind yourself of the advantages of morning workouts – a boost in metabolism, increased energy levels throughout the day, and the freedom of having evenings off.
Becoming a morning workout person takes commitment and a willingness to adjust your daily routine. However, once it becomes a habit, you’ll likely find that starting your day with exercise sets a positive and productive tone for the rest of the day.
Set your clothes up the night before: Nothing will delay (or derail) you more than fumbling for workout clothes in the wee hours of the morning. If you love your workout clothes the way I do, you have to make sure your outfit is CUTE too! Take 5 minutes to choose something you love to wear and it will be the transition THAT much easier.
Know before you go: It’s super easy to say that you are going to workout in the morning right? But it’s even better when you are specific about what you want to do. Know if you are going to do a youtube workout, a strength workout or a spin class–If you aren’t used to getting up that time of morning your brain will not want to do much of anything. Have a plan.
Have everything ready: Fill your water bottle and put it in the fridge, have your keys right where you need them, pack your petty cash, fuel (if you need it for a long run), Metrocard (if needed), have it ALL ready to go! I can’t tell you how many precious minutes I’ve wasted looking for all of these things.
It’s not going to feel good (until you get there): When I started getting up at 4:30 am to run, I hated every single minute. From the alarm going off, to putting my clothes on I questioned my decision making skills. However, once I got started, and the endorphins started flowing–I was SO grateful for the decision!!
Be prepared for a crash: Around 2 o’clock the effects of getting up so early started to catch up with me. It’s super important to be ready for this with a great snack that you can carry in your bag wherever you go!
Are you a morning workout person? What do you do for an afternoon snack?
Hi! I’m Nellie. I am a busy mama of three, wife to my high school sweetheart who loves to cook, workout and stay organized! I love to share helpful printables, the best recipes and fitness tips for the modern mom. I strongly believe that every mom can feed their family well, take proper care of themselves and have fun along the way! Read my story.
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