If you’re finding it difficult to get your regular workout sessions in with your highly busy schedule, one thing that you may want to consider is turning to an early morning workout protocol. Early morning workouts tend to work great for those with very busy lives because you’ll get the workout in and finished before anything else crowds it out of your day.
Plus, if you start getting into the routine of hitting the gym each and every morning, pretty soon it will feel as natural as brushing your teeth, so early morning exercisers also tend to have much greater adherence rates as well.
That said, when you first decide to start in on early morning workouts, your motivation to get them done can be anything but high. Fortunately, there are some strategies that you can use to get around this.
Let’s look at some of the top ideas to get you started.
Set Two Alarms
The first method to get hooked on early morning workouts is to set two alarms to go off in the morning. The number one reason why many people skip over their early morning workouts is simply because they can’t force themselves out of bed for it.
But, if you have one alarm go off that’s right behind your bed and then set another to go off 10 minutes later that’s across the room, but the time you get up to turn that second one off, you’ll likely be up anyway and not in the mood to go back to sleep.
If all you have to do to hit snooze is reach over to your side, you’re much more likely to hit snooze and then just turn the alarm right off, falling back to sleep and skipping the session.
Prepare Your Pre-Workout Meal
Second, another quick tip to help get you out of bed in the morning is to make sure that you’re preparing a good pre-workout meal for yourself.
Now, obviously this has to follow along with proper pre-workout meal protocols, but try and make it as delicious as possible.
The more you look forward to it, the more likely you are to get up out of bed in the morning. Plus, you need that fuel to get you going for the workout ahead.
Go For 10
Finally, the last way to help yourself commit to early morning workouts is start off at home and tell yourself that you only have to do 10 minutes if that’s all you can handle.
Get a set of adjustable dumbbells or a skipping rope to have in your basement and head down there first thing. It’s often easier to walk downstairs than it is to make the effort to drive to the gym, so this can also help you get that workout in.
If after 10 minutes you want to stop – let yourself. Chances are though once you’ve started, you’ll continue until the session is through.
So there you have some of the best tips to remember to get you up and moving for those early morning workouts. Do not overlook the power this set-up can have for your overall adherence rates.