Six ways to become a morning workout person
FACT #1: exercising in the morning energises your mind and body. It’s like a jumpstart to the system, really.
FACT #2: raising your heart rate in AM also kick-starts your metabolism, helping you to burn more calories all day long.
Despite knowing this, many of us still struggle (or refuse!) to rise at dawn in order to fit in a morning workout. However, you really should be taking advantage of this wonderful time to exercise. Beyond the obvious health benefits, you’ll also find yourself feeling chirpier during the day. Much chirpier.
Not a morning person? Think working out before 6pm is impossible? Follow these six ingenious tips and you’ll be hitting the track with other early exercise birds before you know it…
MORNING EXERCISE TIP #1: get a decent amount of sleep
Every. Single. Night. By making eight hours of shuteye a priority – and going to bed at a similar time each night – you’ll find it easier to wake up earlier than usual. Your brain will also be well rested, so you’re ready to tackle the rest of your day once your AM exercise routine is complete. If you’re still struggling to get out of bed each morning, put your alarm clock on the other side of your room. That way, the only way to turn it off is to get out from under your toasty warm blanket.
MORNING EXERCISE TIP #2: don’t even think about hitting snooze
Don’t hit the button – just don’t! If you do, you’ll not only cut down your workout time, but it’ll be even harder to get up once the alarm eventually goes off again. You’ll also feel a rather groggy after falling back into a deep sleep for five to 10 minutes, instead of refreshed, which is how you’ll feel if you get up from the get-go and actually exercise.
MORNING EXERCISE TIP #3: choose an exercise that excites you
Find yoga boring? Then put that mat down. Love boxing? Pick up those gloves and get your toosh out to your standalone bag. If you hate the exercise you’re doing, you’re never going to jump out of bed to do it. Especially when you’re tired. You could choose walking, running, skipping, Zumba or Pilates – it doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure it stimulates you.
MORNING EXERCISE TIP #4: be realistic
If you’re new to AM exercise and love your sleep, start small. Try a skipping rope for 10 minutes each morning for the first week (this will still tire you, trust me!), and move up to 30-minute walks or runs as your body gets used the early rising, as well as the feel-good endorphins that result from exercise.
MORNING EXERCISE TIP #5: get organised the night before
This means laying out all the gear (clothes, shoes, sports bra, iPod) you’ll need the next morning and making a plan. By thinking about what exercise you’ll do in the AM, and how long you’ll do it for, you’ll find the next morning runs very smoothly and you’ll also know exactly when to set your alarm.
MORNING EXERCISE TIP #6: meet up with a friend, or book a trainer
If you set up a time and a place to meet someone to exercise with, you’re less likely to bail. It won’t matter what your mind and body tell you when your alarm goes off – it’ll be too late to cancel by then, so you’ll have no choice but to go. Every single time.
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Are you a morning workout person? If so, what are your helpful tips for those who aren’t? What is your ideal time to exercise?
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