Let’s face it. We’re not all morning people. If the morning is the only time you have to get your work out in, a lack of motivation can stand in the way. Luckily, there are some clever ways to motivate yourself to work out in the morning.
Once you get your routine underway, eventually, it will feel natural to wake up and get moving. Until then, figuring out what you need to do to convince yourself to move is just as essential as the movement itself.
Here are some great motivational tips for morning workouts.
Remind yourself “why” it’s important
Sometimes we lose sight of the reason working out is so important to us. It’s more than just meeting our physical goals. Movement can inspire better mental health and keep your body functioning the way it should.
Whatever your goals are, write down why working out in the morning will help you meet them. Keep the note by your bed so that you remember your reasons first thing in the morning. That reminder can give you the little extra push of motivation you need to get going.
Book your class after the cancelation window
Boutique fitness classes are not cheap. One way to keep yourself committed is to book your class after the cancellation window is open. That way, when you cancel a class, you lose out on some money.
This is specifically helpful if your bank account motivates you. Losing out on that money will feel like a significant loss, especially since you didn’t get anything out of it. So book that class, stay committed, and get your money’s worth.
Envision yourself getting the workout in
That’s right. Before you let your head hit the pillow play through your work out in your mind. If you see yourself getting up and killing a great work out, you’re much more likely to do it.
It might seem like it won’t do much to help, but visualization exercises are incredibly helpful. For those that are particularly good at meditation, make this part of your nightly routine. Get a little self-care, and keep yourself motivated—win/win.
Get your coffee ready the night before
Lots of coffee makers can schedule the start of brewing in the morning. If yours does this, get your coffee ready to start brewing before your alarm even goes off in the morning. Sometimes, the rich, subtle smell of coffee is enough to get you up and going.
Plus, it’s one less thing you have to stumble around in the dark to do. You just grab your cup, put your clothes on, and head out the door. It’s that simple.
Layout your workout clothes
The night before a workout, lay your clothes out somewhere you can see them when you wake up. Like the coffee trick, it’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about when you wake up in the morning.
If you can jump out of bed and put your clothes on, you’re making it that much easier for yourself.
So, whatever it takes to get you motivated in the morning, take steps to do it. After a few weeks, getting your morning work out will be easier than ever.