Fitness

Getting in a Morning Workout

February 3, 2016
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Almost every day before work, I wake up early to get my morning workout (Tone It Up calls this your Morning Booty Call, which I may reference from time to time) in.  This means my morning usually starts before the sun comes up.  I have been asked several times

How do you do that?  I have a hard time with mornings.

Let me be transparent and say I have always been a morning person.  If you want to quit reading, I understand, but I think I may have some helpful tips that will help even the most stubborn become a morning person, or at the very least get in a morning workout.

It is all about preparation.

Each night before bed I:

  • lay out my workout clothes and work clothes (or pack my gym bag if I am not working out at home)
  • pack my lunch and snacks for the next day
  • have the ingredients for breakfast prepped
  • know what workout I am doing and have equipment set out, ready to go

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Once you get in the habit, these things will not take any time to do the night before.  I do what I can to maximize my time in the morning. A friend of mine sleeps in her workout clothes to motivate her to get out of bed. This would be so uncomfortable for me, but whatever works for you! Get your own habits down and do them.

Stay hydrated.  Always.  Be sure to drink plenty of water the day before and fill up again after your morning workout.  I usually drink 2 glasses of water in the morning with breakfast.

Sleep is so important, so I go to bed “early” every night. I’m used to being called a grandma, but I love getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. My mood is completely affected if I don’t get enough sleep.  Getting a good night’s sleep is very important to waking up early and working out.  Going to bed before 10 makes waking up before 6am much easier.

I set a few different alarms on my phone.  The first is just to wake me up.  My second alarm is the one that notifies me to get out of bed (in between the two, I usually check emails and plan out my day).  The third one is for the rare occasion I stay in bed to remind myself that I am worth getting up for.

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So are you.