Sometimes, just getting yourself out of bed in the morning for work or for class can be excruciatingly difficult. Trust me, I have always had a hard time waking up earlier than 8 a.m. Your alarm goes off, but sometimes it’s just so much easier to hit the snooze button than to lug yourself out of your warm and cozy bed.
During our busy lives and with our busy schedules, it can also be troublesome trying to find time to get our fitness on. Going to the gym, going for a run or a hike, attending an exercise class – it all takes time out of our day, time that we may need for extra work, homework, or other obligations. Did you ever think about starting your day by working out? Sure, you’ll have to wake up a little earlier than usual – but there are so many benefits to doing so. Here are some benefits that I have personally found to make even the toughest earlier-wakeup worth it:
1. It’s a great way to wake yourself up and feel alive throughout the rest of your day.
Do you ever feel that lingering grogginess for the first few hours of your morning? Well, you won’t if you spend your first hour being active. Whenever I work out in the morning, even though I feel as though I’m half asleep when I’m on my way to the gym, my whole body wakes up completely during my workout. I have more energy throughout the day, and I notice that my urge to nap lessens. Working out also boosts your endorphins, so you’ll feel happier, too.
2. You’ll feel accomplished.
Every time I force myself to wake up earlier than usual so I can hit the gym, I start my day feeling more accomplished. Why? Because I just did more than just wearily slump out of bed and head to work or school. Even if I don’t get anything productive done throughout the rest of my day, I still managed to fit in a workout, and in the morning, that’s an even greater accomplishment.
3. You’ll have more free time.
If you work out in the morning, you now don’t have to worry about fitting a workout in during your day’s free time. Not that working out isn’t fun, of course, but you’ll be able to do other fun things you love. Read more of your book, go out with friends, watch a little TV, go into the city – whatever floats your boat.
4. It motivates you to eat healthier.
Starting your day with a workout is one step closer to a healthier you, and because you’ve already done this step, you’ll feel empowered to keep the trend going and grab a healthier bite to eat. Trust me, I’m a huge foodie, and have little- to no self-control when it comes to good food in front of me. However, working out in the mornings motivates me to grab healthier options throughout the day because I don’t want to contradict the start to my day.
These are only some of the benefits I’ve experienced whenever I get myself up a little earlier in the morning to fit a workout in. However, I definitely don’t do it every day because sometimes the snooze button is immensely more appealing than walking the cold walk to the gym. When those lagging days hit, here are some things I do to help me continue with my morning routine:
5. Go to bed a little earlier than you usually would the night before.
This is hard when you have a lot on your plate – homework, last minute work responsibilities, studying, your favorite show calling your name — but it’s worth it whenever time permits. Anyways, studies have shown that it is healthier for us to get to bed earlier and wake up earlier, so if you finish your responsibilities, minus the necessary TV show you need to watch, hit the hay a little earlier and aim for at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
6. Have something to look forward to.
Whether it’s the benefit of feeling healthier, feeling more alive, or something else during your workout, have something that you know will make you excited to get your workout done in the morning. For example, I look forward to watching an episode on Netflix on my phone during cardio time, or bringing my favorite book to read on the elliptical machine, and even this thought alone can help me wake up.
7. Set more than one alarm – maybe two, three, or even four if you need it.
Your first alarm goes off and the snooze button is more appealing, so you hit it and go back to sleep. Your next alarm goes off – you may feel guilty for hitting the snooze button twice, and it reminds you why you set your alarm early in the first place.
These tips and tricks have definitely helped me accomplish my morning workouts. Hopefully, they’ll help you, too.