If you are only starting out an exercise plan and you are like many other people, you probably have a difficult time showing up for the workout. Yes, getting up earlier is a big jump especially if you are used to pushing that snooze button until you have less than 5 minutes to get ready for work.
Even for those who are dedicated to their fitness routines will agree that getting up at 5am instead of 7am is difficult. But, some tips and tricks can help you get up and out of bed. We’ve found our top pick of tips that will ensure you jump up and get to your gym no matter what!
There are of course no one-size-fits-all solution, and it can take some time to get into the routine. These tips are however a pretty good starting point!
#1 More Than One Alarm
Nothing is more annoying than an alarm that goes off, and another going off a bit later or at the same time. If you struggle to get up in the mornings, set your alarms the night before. Set multiple alarms using different tones – the noisier the better!
Some people set two alarms to give their minds enough time to wake up. Do whatever you need to do to ease you into the day and be ready for that workout!
#2 Go to Bed Earlier
No more late nights if you want to get up bright and bushy tailed at 5am or 6:30 for that matter. Adults need about 7-8 hours of sleep and can get away with as little as six hours of sleep. If you struggle to get up in the mornings, be sure to get to bed by 10pm.
Getting to bed earlier will ensure that you get a good night’s rest and that you won’t feel too tired when that first alarm goes off.
#3 Pack the Night Before
That’s right, a little preparation goes a long way. Packing the night before means you won’t have to run around looking for your trainers or gym gear. Not only does this save some time but also means you can sleep a little longer.
Whatever type of exercise you do, whether you jog, run, or frequent the gym, be sure you know what the following day’s routine is going to entail and get your things ready before you get to bed.
#4 Place Alarms Somewhere Other than the Nightstand
This is probably one of the most common traps people fall into. If your alarm is next to the bed, and it’s easy to switch it off, chances are your not going to get up very easily. That darn snooze button is the mother of all procrastinators.
Instead, be sure to place your alarm(s) somewhere else. This means you will have to get up and out of bed to switch it off. Getting up for your workout has never been easier.
#5 Get into the Swing of it
There are plenty of things you can do to ensure you stick to your early morning workout sessions. But the most important thing is to stick to it and form the habit of getting up and working out. Once you’ve formed the good habit and have some routine, it should be easier.
If you need more motivation, you can include other smaller habits in your morning routine. Drink a cup of coffee, have some breakfast, and think about how great you’ll feel afterwards.
These are but a few of some of the great tips out there. Other’s have said that they switch on a light once the alarm goes off as this force them to wake up. Some even splash some water on their face before heading out the door. Either way, we trust these tips will be able to help you achieve your fitness goals.