Even if you are not a morning person, here are some way to learn to love morning exercise:
- Don’t go at it alone. Find a workout buddy to hold you accountable when you try to skip.
- Start slow. Unlike quitting smoking, you don’t have to start a morning workout routine “cold turkey”. Try one or two mornings a week for a couple weeks and build up to your target. This method will allow your body and brain to adapt.
- Have a written plan and post it on your refrigerator or mirror. Better yet, schedule the time on your calendar on your phone. Working out is just as important as a doctor’s appointment and treating as such can lead to greater success.
- Go to bed earlier. This seems like common sense, but loosing track of time while watching your favorite tv sitcoms happen much easier than you think.
- Wear your workout clothes to bed. If this is one step too far for you, laying your exercise clothes out the night before will work well too. Either way, you are committing to yourself before you turn out the lights that tomorrow morning is a workout morning.
- Move your alarm clock out of reach. Place your alarm clock, phone or whatever gadget you use to wake yourself up in the morning across the room or in an adjoining room so you have no way to hit the snooze button.
- Remember, progress, not perfection. Switching to a morning routine may be a challenge for you. You may oversleep and you may feel like giving up on the idea. Remain strong and shoot for progress, not perfection. Working out at some point during the day is better than not working out at all!