The alarm goes off! And it’s early...REALLY early. Are you one of those people who hit the snooze button multiple times before getting up and heading to the gym? Or are you, (and let’s hope not), one of those people who turn off the alarm and say, “I’ll do it later”? Even if you are one of those people who jump right out of bed and get your day started, you can still benefit from getting physical activity before going to work.
Research shows that people who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick with it. Not only because they get it out of the way and are not drained by activities/stress that can leave someone depleted by the end of a long work day, but because of the added benefits. When you exercise, not only do you feel good that you’re accomplishing something, but you get the added bonus of improved physical fitness, greater cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and strength. And who doesn’t want to start their work day like that?
Below are some tips for helping you become an early riser and getting your day started off on the right foot!
- Adjust your sleeping pattern to accommodate getting up at an earlier hour. Sleep is just as important as making it to the gym. Being well-rested will aide in achieving your workout goals!
- Write down your morning workout so that you have a routine to follow. You’re more likely to complete it if it’s structured and on paper before you start.
- The night before, pack your gym bag or lay out your workout clothes. Don’t forget to throw your car keys in your shoes for a quick “out the door” scenario.
- Lay out or pack the clothes that you’ll be wearing to the office the next day.
- Program your coffee maker and top off your water bottle the night before.
- Prepare your post workout meal. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. A banana with yogurt, protein/energy bar, fruit/protein smoothie, etc.
- Have a morning workout buddy, or find a workout group or class that can help you stay accountable to your workout goals!
Before you know it, your workout preparation and morning routine will develop into a healthy habit and become another part of your well-balanced lifestyle!