Ok, it’s now November and the seasons are starting to change over to Fall and Winter is not too far away, in fact, this Sunday we will be putting our clocks back 1 hour here on the east coast. If you had trouble getting up in the morning when the sun started peeking through your window, just how much harder will it be for you when the moonlight is still shining bright at 5am?
Here below are a few tips and tricks to stop you from hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock and get you up, and your feet on the floor.
Remember those goals you made for yourself to get your body into the shape you would be proud of? Well get them out now and see just how well you are doing. Now be honest! Re-affirming those goals and committing to them can be part of the motivation you need to get you out of bed in the morning and hitting the gym or the local roads as you pile up the miles to a fitter you.
Are you tracking your progress and setting new milestones as you reach the old ones? Nothing works better than tracking your performance or lack thereof then an activity monitor. It doesn’t lie to you and you can’t ignore the fact that you’re not doing what you set out to do, exercise wise. The new Fitbit the Fitbit Charge 2 Activity Tracker HR
can definitely “Fit” the bill for you. It can monitor all of your daily activities and provide you with the data, that (doesn’t cheat) lets you know just how well or poorly you’re doing. It even tracks your sleep to make sure you’re getting the proper amount so you can perform the next day the way you need to.
Make it as easy as you can to start your morning routine once that alarm goes off. Remember, it’s a lot easier and really better for you if you get that workout in, early in the morning than waiting till after your work day is done. There are way too many excuses for canceling that trip to the gym if you’ve had “one of those days” at the workplace. And studies have shown that exercising at the beginning of your day can set the mood for a more productive day and better overall outlook. Now doesn’t that just make having a protein shake while watching the morning news all worth it?
Eating Healthy, and that means at breakfast too. We’ve all heard the benefits of eating a good nutritious breakfast to get the body’s furnaces fueled up for the upcoming day. This is even more important when you’re going to be working out within the next hour or so. You don’t want to eat too heavy a breakfast before you exercise but you want to make sure you have the right carbs and some protein in you so you can perform at your best. There are plenty of breakfast examples out there on the web that you can try and see what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to consult with your physician or if you have one your dietitian. They can make a nutrition plan for you that will provide you with the best of what you need to eat.
Workout Clothes: Getting everything ready the night before, is a plus when you’re moving a bit slowly in the morning. Having your clothes right there when you open your eyes, in eye level will save time and energy in not having to fumble around picking out what you want to wear.
Getting a Workout Buddy: Is a great way to make sure you’re not going to hit the snooze button on your alarm clock. When you have a workout buddy that takes his or her’s exercise time seriously it makes you want to keep to your commitment to work out with them each day.
Naturally, this works the same for them as well. But its also a great time to stay caught up on each other’s lives and working as a team buddy, provides the opportunity to pace yourself against someone so you can give it that extra push.
Positive Thinking: This is a must for not just getting up to exercise but to also set the trend for how you’re going to react to your day. Positive thinking is key to a motivational morning workout. You will never want to get out of the bed and go to the gym when you’re thinking “ugh I don’t want to do this.” Try waking up, taking a deep breath, and thinking “this morning workout is going to be a great start to my day”!
Remember, these are just a few hint, tips, and tricks to help you embrace your morning workouts when the sun is still working its way up over the horizon. Bottom line, it’s all up to you. You need to want to do this and commit yourself to it. But if you start your day on this type of positive note and put your all into your exercise routine, you will find that the day may just go a little be smoother for you.