Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 in Blog
If your used to sweating it out after work, you may want to rethink this & rearrange your schedule to make time for working out in the a.m. hours. Not too motivated to set your alarm early? Neither was I, but here’s something that might help get you out of bed. In a new study on exercise and weight loss, researchers at Bangor University discovered that a.m. exercisers work out harder than those who exercise at other times of the day. For you that means burning more calories when you work out first thing in the morning. Why is that? The number one reason they found, was that people tend to be more energetic and alert in the morning, and may also feel less rushed than those who squeeze gym time into the middle of their already busy schedules.
Have you tried to become one of those Morning Workout People (just gotta love em!), but when that dreaded alarm goes off, your brain is like, ‘No. Just a few more minutes please, and by the time your mind remembers that you totally wouldn’t hate running a 5K or rocking a crazy P90X workout, you’ve already hit the snooze button five more times and it’s too late to get to the gym for that morning sweat session that you penciled into your schedule the day before.
A morning workout gets your metabolic furnace going and also guarantees that you will actually get that workout in. It’s all about forming the habit of getting it done in the morning, unfortunately it takes 21 days for a habit to be formed. So for now you’ve just got to be cleaver and fake it until you make it! Here are a couple tips/tricks to help you get that booty out of bed…
- Dress for success – If your working out at home, wear your workout clothes to bed, this may sound strange but can actually cut 20 minutes off your morning routine. If this just won’t work for you at least lay out your entire workout outfit right down to your shoes. At least this way you can just throw them on very quickly without having to search for anything.
- Build up your buddy system -We all know that having a workout buddy holds us accountable but take that one step further & have your workout buddy post to your Facebook wall or tweet at you. Have them post or tweet something like “Can’t wait to see your beautiful, sweaty face at 5 a.m.!” or “Can’t wait to ROCK our workout together in the a.m.”. This trick can hold you accountable to getting in your workout, not just to yourself & your workout buddy but to the whole Internet.
- Keep some space between you & your alarm – Turn up the volume & move that alarm clock to the other side of your bedroom so you HAVE to get out of bed to turn it off. Another idea is that if you have a choice of ringtones for your alarm, set to something that you think is obnoxious, so you really want to fly out of bed & turn it off.
- Try some minty freshness – Try grabbing a mint the second your alarm goes off. The sugar from the mint will excite your brain, and the mint itself will liven up your taste buds and nerve endings of your tongue…you can fool your body into thinking food is coming,. The outcome – you’ll get rid of the yucky morning breath & wake up your mind and body for a great morning workout.
- Brighten things up – Did you know that when your eyes sense light, it sets off a chain reaction in your brain that leaves you feeling alert and energized. Try positioning your bed so it faces east and natural light can wake you. If it’s still dark when you need to get up, invest in a light box that simulates natural light or force yourself to turn the lights on in the house.
- Get the Java brewing – Everyone knows that drinking coffee stimulates your brain, but for me just the smell of it can help me get out of bed & coax me into workout mode. If your coffee pot has a timer on it, set it so that it starts to brew a few minutes before your alarm clock goes off for a great smelling wake-up call.
- Get enough sleep – you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to rise and shine when you’re really rested. Turn in 7-8 hours before your alarm will go off. Smooth the way to dreamland by turning off all your electronics (light keeps you from falling asleep) and turn the temperature of the room down about an hour before you hit the sheets.
- Give yourself a pep talk – Right when you wake up, give yourself a little pep talk. Tell yourself that you can do it, that you are really going to rock this workout…say what ever it takes to convince yourself, even if your 100% lying to yourself.
I truly believe that working out in the morning is the best time to get it done! If I don’t workout in the a.m. I find myself making excuses throughout the day & more often than not the workout never gets done. The most important thing to remember is to fit exercise in, PERIOD, whenever you can…you just have to do what works for you!
Tell me, when do you get your workouts in? Are there other things that help you to get it done & not make excuses?? I would love to hear your ideas.