While the best time of day to work out depends on your schedule, going to the gym in morning has some awesome 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 and even if it is the only productive thing you do that day, you will feel like you have accomplished something.
Not everybody is a morning person so here are 6 tips you can use to consistently work out bright and early:
1. 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.
2. 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 and reduce 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. Turning on a light signals to your brain that it’s time to be awake.
3. Make it a habit. Try committing to 30 minutes 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Go to bed at the same time every night. According to the National Institutes of Health adults need 7.5 – 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 so that it is harder to get to sleep on time on Sunday nights which makes getting up on Monday so hard. 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.