Since January, I’ve been (for the first time ever) very consistent at getting up in the morning and heading to the gym to get my workout in. I work 10 hour days and when I get off of work at 6pm, the very last thing I feel like doing is going to the gym. I tried to do it and be consistent with it several times, but it was just way too easy to talk myself out of it when 6:00 rolled around. So when I committed myself to get serious about working out, I told myself I had to make the morning routine happen.
Even though I am more of a morning person than a night owl, setting my alarm for 4:35am was a little scary/intimidating at first, well if I’m being honest it still is come Sunday night. However, I have really come to enjoy getting up and getting it done for the day. My energy on days I workout versus days I don’t is so much better and I truly believe it sets an overall better vibe for the entire day.
When I first started in January, I was working out consistently 5-6 times per week. Life happens though and there have definitely been times I’ve only made it 2-3 times per week. However I’ve found it pretty easy to get back on track where as in the past I would have let those missed days turn into a lot more. I truly believe that it’s because I’ve built this into a habit. I’ve been able to stay motivated and consistent with working out for the first time and I’m honestly extremely happy with that. Here our my 6 tips for early morning workout motivation.
6 Tips for Early Morning Workout Motivation
1. Have a reason!
Trust me, when your alarm first goes off, you will think of every excuse to not get out of bed. One thing I’ve done to combat this is instead of having a reason to stay in bed, I make it into a reason to get up.The obvious reason to stay in bed is to get more sleep, but for me, it would only be like 40 extra minutes of sleep. So I always ask myself if it’s really worth it. Will it really make that big of a difference? I can guarantee you, you’ll get more energy/motivation for the day from that workout than those extra minutes of sleep!
2. Have something to look forward to.
The night before I know I am going to do cardio, I always pick out a podcast to listen to. I find one that I know will be inspiring or that I’ll learn something from. It’s usually a toss up between a wellness podcast or one related to blogging, but either way, it’s got to be something I’m excited to listen to the next morning. If a podcast doesn’t do it for you, find a new playlist on Spotify or find a show to watch on Netflix/Hulu (I did this during my Younger binge). Anything that will give you that extra little push should do the trick.
3. Keep track of your workouts.
I was never someone who kept track of my workouts or understood the point of it until I started to get serious this year.I’ve been using the Kayla Itsines Sweat App and it has a little sweat drop (or maybe a tear drop would be more appropriate) in the upper left corner that gets a little more full every time you complete a workout for the week.I don’t know why, but I love seeing that little guy fill up. It’s motivating and encouraging for me.
4. Get a pre-workout.
Seriously, it’s a life saver. I don’t have time to make a meal before I leave for the gym in the AM, plus I’m not really someone who likes to eat immediately upon waking, so having my pre-workout is a great way to get some AM energy. I used to drink coffee on my way to the gym, but I find the pre-workout to be more energizing and it’s more refreshing.
5. Prepare the night before.
Every list you read regarding this topic includes preparing the night before, but for good reason. It really does make a world of difference! Have your clothes picked out, your music/podcast ready to go, know what workout you are going to be doing and get to bed at a decent time. It’s as simple as that. Promise.
6. Have a morning routine.
This kind of goes back to #2 for me because I always look forward to my morning routine. My routine right now is getting up, getting dressed, making my pre-workout, driving to the gym in silence (I love the AM reflection aspect…weird?), getting my workout in, coming home and making a glass of hot lemon water that I sip on while ice rolling (read about that here: 5 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care) and watching the news, get ready for work, make a protein shake and head out the door. Nothing special, but when I don’t workout it throws everything off. Having a routine I enjoy makes getting up that much easier.