If you’ve been following this blog for awhile you have probably figured out that I’m a morning person. My alarm goes of at 4:19 am every day except for Sunday. I roll out of bed, make coffee and will either work for a bit or watch something on TiVo before leaving the house at 5:15am for boot camp or to go for a run.
While I’m not saying you have to wake up that early to start your workout, studies have shown that early morning exercisers are more likely to stick with their program. So if you find that your workouts aren’t as consistent as you’d like, give the early a.m. a chance. Here are some tips to help you out.
1. Prepare – Lay your clothes out the night before so you can slide into them from the bed.
2. Be Reasonable – Don’t plan that 2 hour workout for your first early morning attempt, just getting to the gym or on the streets for 45 minutes should be your goal.
3. Early to Bed Means Early to Rise – The night before your a.m. workout, try hitting the sheets a half hour earlier. That’s why I love TiVo. It means I can watch Jack save the world the next day. (That’s a 24 reference for those in the know!)
4. Get Up – Once the alarm goes off, swing those legs out of the covers and get out of bed. Don’t bargain with yourself that you’ll run after work. You won’t. Just do it.
5. Reward – Great job! You did your run or workout and now you can reward yourself. Whether it be a trip to Starbucks for a double latte or a gold star on your calendar, give yourself a pat on your back for a job well done.
Now go run!