Fitness training is most effective when you make it part of your routine. Sometimes, it’s much more beneficial to wake up, get your workout done and get on with the rest of your day. That’s rough, especially if you aren’t a morning person. It’s still possible. A simple, productive morning routine can motivate you to get up and get your workout in early. No more excuses. No more skip days. Here’s how to make it work.
WAKE UP AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY
You don’t necessarily have to wake up early to squeeze in a good training session, unless your day has an early start. What’s important is training your body to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Even on weekends. Your physical body runs on habits the same way your brain does. Start by setting a wakeup time and sticking with it, if working out early is what’s going to help you get fit and stay consistent.
WORK OUT IMMEDIATELY
Again, your body needs you to follow a very specific routine. On the days you work out, you need to be able to automatically get up, get dressed and go do it without putting much thought or effort into the process. Have everything ready to go beforehand, whether you’re working out at home or you’re heading out to the gym or a nearby trail. Get up when you’re supposed to, grab your stuff and get going. The longer you drag your feet, the less likely you are to get to training.
FOCUS YOUR WORKOUT ON YOUR GOAL
You’ve already managed to wake up and get your workout started without giving yourself much time to think. Plan ahead what you’re going to work on before you go (this is where a training log comes in handy) so you don’t have to think about it. Keep it simple and focused, too. For example, don’t spend half your workout doing crunches and bench presses if it’s a leg day. Plan out only a specific set of exercises if you want to get into the habit of working out early. Get in there, get it done and get on with the rest of your day.
PREP A POST-WORKOUT MEAL
Think of this step as a way to both reward yourself for getting up and getting your training out of the way and prepare your body for the rest of the morning. You’re going to enjoy that caffeine and protein-packed breakfast so much more after you’ve worked out than you would have if you’d have waited. Let food be your incentive for getting to the gym as early as possible. As with anything else, make it a habit and make it stick.
You’re probably at your physical best when you first wake up in the morning. You don’t have an entire day behind you, distracting you and weighing you down. Once you’re done, you have the entire day ahead of you without having to think about when you’re going to squeeze your workout in. Just wake up and do it. You’ll be glad you did.