Morning exercise can be great. You wake up, get straight into a tough training session, and then go about the rest of your day.
You feel better because you have already done something productive, and it provides the body with a great kick of endorphins, leaving you happier throughout the day.
The only issue?
It can be difficult to wake up in the morning to exercise.
But you can overcome it.
Reason 1 – You’re tired
You wake up to your 5am alarm. Your eyes are crusty and your body feels heavier than it did yesterday. You know you should go to the gym, but you’re so comfortable.
“I’ll just snooze my alarm, just a little more sleep”
Boom! It’s suddenly 6am and too late to go to the gym! “All good” you say, “I’ll go tomorrow morning”.
There is an easy fix to this!
Go to bed a little earlier. It has been suggested that every hour you sleep before 12am is actually worth 2 of every hour after 12am! That means by moving your bedtime back from 11.30pm to 10.30pm can provide you with a much better quality sleep, making it easier to get up in the morning!
Reason 2 – You don’t have time
You don’t have time to go to the gym in the morning. You have to get changed, make lunch and prepare yourself for a full day of work. Where would you find the time to go the gym in the morning?
By preparing yourself for the following day before you go to
bed you allow yourself enough time to exercise in the morning. This might mean
making your lunch the night before. Packing your gym bag before you go to bed,
and laying your gym clothes on the floor next to your bed so when you get up you
can get changed and go straight away.
Reason 3 – You can’t work out on an empty stomach
I get it. You like to wake up, have a coffee and make some
eggs on toast. Or maybe a large bowl of oats. And this takes way too much time
to allow a workout.
Try to simplify your breakfast. This will minimize your
cooking time and leave plenty of opportunity to go to the gym.
A banana and a protein shake is a perfectly acceptable way
to start the day. Plus it takes all of 30 seconds to prepare, leaving you with
plenty of time for your workout.
Reason 4 – It is too cold outside
It’s way too cold to go for a run outside. And bed is just so warm!
The best way to get over this obstacle is by doing a brief
warmup before you leave the house. As soon as you get out of bed try this
little bodyweight circuit to get your blood pumping and get nice and warm!
- Bodyweight Squat x 10
- Bodyweight Lunge x10/side
- Bodyweight Glute Bridge x10
Reason 5 – You don’t have the motivation
I get it. It can be really hard to get up and workout. Even if you have everything prepared, got your routine set and you’re ready to go. It’s dark and disheartening outside, and it can be a struggle to leave the house before the sun has risen.
So psyche yourself up.
Make your alarm your favorite workout song. Try and get pumped up before you even leave bed. It’s a great way to get mentally prepared for your workout.
So if you’re not much of morning person, try these 5 ways to overcome the difficulties of the morning.