What are the BEST 7 ways to become a morning exerciser and get out of bed?
Haha just kidding!!! But in all seriousness…
Did you wake up feeling defeated yet again? Did you let another weekend get the best of you? Did you indulge too much in food and drinks? Did something (ANYTHING) cause you to wake up feeling less-than-excited for the week?
Guess what? You’re not alone…
The HARDEST part of getting back into the swing of things is taking the first step, waking up that first morning, and just doing it. I had a tough time getting out of bed this morning too, but I knew that if I could commit to TODAY then tomorrow it would get easier… and the next day… and the next day… and before I’d realize it, it would be my routine 🙂
So how did I do it? How did I wake up at 5am and get myself motivated to exercise? Check out these 7 tips that YOU can use to get yourself excited about exercise and feeling fabulous!
1. Slowly wake up earlier each day.
Decide on a time that you want to wake up and use this first week to adjust to the new wakeup time. Set your alarm 5 minutes earlier each morning and make sure to GET OUT OF BED when your alarm goes off. You can get up and move to the couch, but just make sure you get up. Don’t worry about exercising too intensely this first week, as we are simply working on adjusting your body’s natural clock. Wake up, surf the web, enjoy some quiet time… FOCUS ON YOU!
2. Create a strategy for success.
Determine WHAT WORKOUT you will be doing, WHERE you will be doing it, and WHEN you will be doing it. Think the gym is your best bet? Think again! When starting a new workout routine, it has been proven that the most effective workout is the workout that takes the LEAST amount of change possible. Try working out at home. Need ideas? Check out the 30 Day Kickstart or one of these awesome at home workouts.
3. Keep it simple!
You don’t need an elaborate and extensive workout plan in order to see results, you just need consistency. Keep it simple and keep it short. Some of the most effective workouts utilize HIIT (high intensity interval training) and/or circuit training techniques to achieve maximum results in just 30 minutes or less! How awesome does that sound? If you’re looking for a high speed, fast and effective workout, then check out this tabata training! p.s. Save even more time by setting your clothes out the night before 🙂
4. Get a buddy!
In order to be successful, you are going to want to enlist some help. Grab an accountability buddy or workout partner to keep you on track and committed to your goal. Your buddy doesn’t need to be completing the exercises with you (or even at all)… they are just there for moral support. Check in with buddy daily, share your goals, and use them in moments of weakness to help you achieve your goals.
5. Share your fitness plans on social media.
I’m not suggesting that you share every detail of your daily life, but publicly committing to an early morning workout may push you to get it done. That psychological commitment to “everyone” on the web is a very motivating factor to most people. You don’t want to disappoint your followers – right?
6. Build the most EPIC playlist you could ever imagine!
What songs get you pumped and ready to shake your stuff? Never underestimate the power of a fantastic playlist! Get moving and grooving as soon as you open your eyes! Have a favorite song? Share you favorite jam in the comments below.
7. Lastly, JUST DO IT!
I know I know, that’s WAY easier said than done, but it’s time you made the commitment to your health and happiness. After reading all of these great tips, what more do you need to get out of bed? What’s stopping you? Are you tired? Will you feel more rested after wasting 30 minutes hitting the snooze button? I don’t think so! It’s time to take the leap, get up, and get moving!
Are you ready to get your rear in gear? Are you ready to wake up just a few minutes earlier tomorrow morning? Are you ready to create a happy healthy you? Let’s do it!
Let’s create a happy healthy YOU!