While the best time of day to work out depends on your schedule, going to the gym in morning has some fantastic benefits:
Exercising in the morning jump starts your metabolism, energizes you for the day, and increases your mental acuteness.
Once you get into the routine of early morning workouts, you’ll find you have fewer excuses not to go.
Working out first thing in the morning is a great way to get ready for the day. Even if it is the only productive thing you do that day, you will feel like you have accomplished something.
But not everybody is a morning person.
Help are 6 tips and tricks to get you out of bed and into the gym every morning:
Pack everything the night before
Getting out of the house first thing in the morning has to be as painless and easy as possible. Lay out your workout clothes, pack your shower gear, and make your lunch the night before. Eliminate any excuse you can use in the morning not to go.
Do whatever is necessary to wake up
Set your alarm and keep it away from your bed so you physically have to walk to your alarm clock, reducing the chance you will hit the snooze button. If you have to, set multiple alarms around your bedroom. Turn on a light as soon as you shut off your alarm. This signals to your brain that it’s time to be awake.
Make it a habit
Try committing to 30 minutes of exercise every day. Start with small, short workouts to get into the habit. Telling yourself that it’s only 30 minutes makes it seem less daunting and easier to sustain.
Think of the endorphin effect
Working out causes a naturally produced chemical endorphin to surge through your body and give you a natural high. Endorphins will give you an extra boost as you begin your day.
Find a fitness friend
Working out with a partner increases the chances that you will get to the gym. It’s harder to cancel when you know there is someone counting on you. As an added benefit, doing cardio work with a partner improves your results.
Go to bed at the same time every night
According to the National Institute of Health, adults need 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Don’t cut back on sleep during the week, thinking you can catch up on the weekend. Extra sleep can affect your sleep-wake cycle, making it harder to get to sleep on time Sunday night - which makes getting up on Monday even worse! It may seem hard to go to bed when you have so much to do, but getting your necessary sleep will make you more productive the next day.
Bonus tip: book an early morning personal training session or sign-up for a GWA 6:00 am group personal training class.
New Group Personal Training Client Promotion
From September 17 to October 17, 2018, new clients can try a GWA small group training class for free!
Existing group training client? Refer a new client to GWA between now and October 17 and you’ll get a month of group training for free.
To sign-up for your free class, please contact Donny (GWA Manager): firstname.lastname@example.org