Good morning Peeps! Isn’t it a beautiful day? The sun is shining, the air is cool, and the birds are chirping. It is a great day to be alive and up early, no? I have to admit that I’m such a morning person. Every morning when I wake up I feel ready to embrace the day. I wake up feeling energized and focused. You can usually find me running around the house singing, dancing, cleaning and just getting ready to take on the day. But lets be honest, that’s usually after a cup of coffee.
But you, like most of the people in this world, may struggle to roll out of bed every morning. Maybe you hit the snooze button a few times? Hope that the dog doesn’t have to go out RIGHT now? You may lie in bed and think “Just a few more minutes please!” Sound familiar?
Then when you finally roll out of bed, you walk like one of the Walking Dead to the coffee pot and click it on. You sit on the couch or in your favorite comfy chair and sip your morning brew while strolling through Facebook. You shake your head at your friend Susie who checked into the gym at 6AM. Maybe you think “How does she get up early and go to the gym?”
Then you head into work, the whole day thinking “Maybe Ill squeeze in a workout after work today”. But then what happens? You’re too tired after work to make it to the gym. You return home and flop into your comfy chair again. Another day you skipped the gym. Damn Susie! What is her secret?
Susie’s secret is simple: it’s all in preparation. What if I told you there are some great ways that you too could be like Susie? With a few simple steps you could be up and out the door, ready to greet the day and get in a good workout all before you head into work. And it begins the night before.
- Lay out your workout clothes – Before bed, lay out everything you’ll need for your morning workout, run, etc. Lay out your favorite workout outfit, including socks and sneakers. This will keep you from hunting in the dark for what you need in the morning while everyone else in the house is still asleep.
- Pack your gym bag – The night before put everything you need for the gym into your gym bag: armband, water bottle, iPod and headphones, etc. Place the bag by the front door so you can just grab it as you run out the door. No need to be running around in the morning trying to pull everything you need together.
- Make Coffee – Yep, make coffee before bed. Well at least get it ready. Make sure the coffee pot is filled with water, coffee etc. Even better if your coffee maker has a timer set that to start brewing before you wake up. Waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee is enough to get you energized in the morning.
- Make sleep a ritual – Go to bed at the same time every night and avoid caffeine in the afternoon/evening so you can hop into bed and fall asleep easily. Before bed, write out a To-Do list for the next day. This allows you to get things out of your head and onto paper. Most people find sleep alludes them because they can’t turn their brains off. Spritz your room, sheets, pillows, etc with a calming essential oil like Lavender that helps induce calm and sleep. Maybe even have a white noise machine or fan going during the night.
- Move your alarm clock – Get a good alarm clock, preferably one separate from your phone. Set the alarm to get up at the same time EVERYDAY, even if you are not going to work out that day. Get used to getting up at the same time everyday, it will help to get rid of that early morning brain fog and get you ready to take on the day. Place your alarm clock across the room or even in a different room (but so you can still hear it). Then you can’t hit snooze, you’ll have to get up to turn it off. Once you are out of bed, its often hard to climb back in and fall back asleep. I know someone who has a alarm clock that has wheels. When it goes off it starts moving around the room, rolling under the bed or tables, so you HAVE to get up and find it to turn it off. Genius!
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – No, your morning brew is not what I’m talking about here. As soon as you rise, down a glass of warm water and lemon. The benefits of this practice include: flushing out toxins, energizes you, freshens your breath and fires up your metabolism.
- Make it a date – Schedule your workouts like you would any other important appointment (dentist or doctor appointment). This let’s your brain know that this is important and you have to get up and do it. Better yet, invite a friend along to your workout. It’s hard to sleep in and skip a workout when you know someone is counting on you to be there. Accountability buddies (accountablibuddy?) are such a great way to keep you motivated not only to get up and workout but to help you have a great workout. Pick someone who has the same goals as you, someone you can count out and someone who will push and motivate you.
- Prepay – This is probably my best tip and one I personally use all the time. If you are taking fitness classes that you pay separately for (yoga, spin, pilates, etc) then prepay for the class. No one likes losing money. It will be easy to get out of bed knowing you already paid that class fee. Otherwise, you might as well just open the window and throw the money out.
I hope these tips help you to become a person who wakes early and attacks your day with enthusiasm. Set yourself up for success with these tips to become a morning person and get that workout in before the rest of your day even begins. Then all your friends will be shaking their heads and wonder how you got up and checked in at the gym at 6AM. Yep, you are now THAT person! Own it!