How can I make getting up in the morning to exercise easier?

I was never always a morning person. Years ago I most certainly wasn’t. Most of the time I would wake up in the morning to the sound of my deafening alarm, hit the snooze button and fall back asleep. 5 minutes later the alarm would go off again and I would do the same thing. This would go on 5 times more before I would finally get up to get to the gym.

If this has ever happened to you, you certainly aren’t alone. However, no matter how much you don’t think you are a morning person, you can definitely change your ways.

There are a few tips that I have found to be extremely helpful for getting your butt out of bed and out the door to the gym much less painful.

1. Keep your alarm on the other side of the room

A few years ago I started to wake up at about 6:00 AM every morning to go to the gym. However, like most people, I kept my alarm clock right next to me on the side of my bed.

Unfortunately, this is the main reason why I was constantly hitting the snooze button every time it went off. It was just too easy to do since it was a few inches away from me.

One day I moved my alarm clock all the way to the other side of the room. When it went off I (reluctantly) crawled out of bed to shut it off. This forced me to get out of bed and to get out the door.

For anyone that constantly snoozes their alarm clocks, this is the best way to put an end to your problem. If you catch yourself crawling back to your bed even after you shut your alarm off, hide your alarm! Make it as hard as possible to shut it off by putting it in a hard to reach place like under your dresser. The longer you are awake trying to shut it off the less likely you will be to crawl back into bed.

2. Sleep in your gym clothes

Some people say that you should lay out your gym clothes on the bed the night before. This is also a good suggestion. However, in doing so you still have to take off your comfy sleeping clothes and get into your gym outfit.

Sleeping in your gym clothes makes things a bit easier for you. 

This is the oldest trick in the book by far. Getting up and out the door is much easier when you are already suited up and ready to go. You just simply need to get out of your bed, grab your keys and you are set to go.

3. Go to bed early

This tip should really go without saying. However, there are all too many people that don’t heed this advice.

Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Some people can function on less and of course, some people need more. However, you know better than anyone how much rest you need.

It is also important that you do your best to get good quality sleep as well. This means no checking your phone at 2:00 in the morning. Waking up every time your phone vibrates is the best way to get poor quality sleep.

Keep your phone on silent or off completely.

4. Have your breakfast planned

If you want to eat breakfast before your morning workout, have your meal planned out the night before.

Make sure that your fridge is stocked with all the right ingredients to make yourself a hearty breakfast. You should also have a pretty good idea of exactly what you want to make for breakfast the night before so that you don’t spend 10 minutes blankly staring into your fridge while trying to decide what you want to make.

5. Have your gym partner hold you accountable

First off, if you don’t have a gym partner already, you should definitely get one.

Decide a time for you and your gym partner to meet at the gym every morning. Once you determine when you are going to meet in the morning, hold each other accountable to follow through on that commitment.

Really make sure that you take this commitment seriously as well! If you get to the gym and your partner is 10 minutes late, chew him or her out! If you don’t take this commitment seriously, both of you will become much less likely to meet at your decided time. Regularly showing up 10 minutes late will lead to days where you end up 30 minutes late. Ultimately, you may become so relaxed with your commitment that you may end up skipping days altogether. Don’t let it happen!

6. Have your workout schedule planned out for the week

To motivate yourself to get your butt out of bed in the mornings it is important that you get your butt out of the bed early, you need to have a set workout schedule.

Why?

Because there is nothing that makes you want to go back to bed more than not having a plan. If you wake up in the morning not knowing what you will be doing in the gym the next day you probably will end up falling back asleep.

Every Sunday you should plan out your week day by day. I suggest that you actually write up the exercises you will do each day on a calendar. This way you will be crystal clear on exactly what you will be doing at the gym each and every day. Otherwise, you might end up going to the gym and sauntering around for an hour or worse, not even go at all.

 

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