You'll do anything for an extra 15 minutes in bed in the morning - but your body will thank you for getting an early start with a morning workout. You'll also be much more productive during the day, with enough energy to make it all the way down your to-do list.
If you're in need of some motivation, here are some tips for getting up in the morning for a workout:
Recruit a friend
If you make a plan to workout with a friend or two, you can help hold each other accountable for actually showing up. Rather than just letting yourself down, you would be bailing on your friends if you rolled over and went back to sleep instead of getting up for the workout.
Make a commitment
Similar to making plans with friends, you can hold yourself accountable by scheduling a workout with a personal trainer or signing up for a morning class. You'll be more likely to get out of bed if you know you've paid for it!
Get into a healthy sleep routine
This seems like a no-brainer, but we're all guilty of staying up too late. Be conscious of getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night and it will be easier to get up in the morning. Plus, when you follow a schedule of going to bed and waking up around the same time every day, it will start to feel natural.
Find the workout for you
Don't force yourself to run a mile or lift weights at the gym if you really hate it. Instead, find a workout routine that you enjoy. There's yoga, Pilates, aerobics training, cardio and plenty of other options. You're bound to like one of them.
Prepare the night before
If you're headed to the gym in the morning, make sure you pack your workout bag at night so you're ready to grab and go in the morning. If you prefer to workout at home, try laying out your fitness clothes the night before. That way, you'll be ready to throw them on and get moving when your alarm goes off.
Leave your phone far far away
Set your alarm and put your phone down about 30 minutes before you're ready to sleep. The trick is to leave it across the room so you have to get up to reach it. You'll be able to disconnect from the digital world, while also forcing yourself to get up in the morning to turn off the alarm.
Make a playlist
Get yourself pumped with the songs you can't help but move along to. Make a playlist in advance so you don't have to waste time scrolling for specific songs.
You've got this! After a couple weeks of feeling like you're forcing yourself out of bed, it will become much easier. You may even start to look forward to it.