4 Tips for Waking Up for Early Morning Workouts

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I have mentioned a few times that I have recently started to do some of my workouts before work. After a few months of proving to myself I could keep up with it, I now have about an even mix of morning and evening workouts. For example: this week I have worked out in the morning on Monday, Tuesday, and have one planned for Friday. While I will do an evening workout Wednesday and Thursday. I have never been a morning person, so I'm honestly still a little shocked I have been able to keep up with this routine. But I am so glad I tried it out, I feel so much more alert going into work, and have a lot more time after work. So I thought I would share what motivates me to get out of bed for a 5:45am or 6:00am workout!

1. Set multiple alarms
I typically set 3 alarms. The first one as an initial wake up, the second if I need a little extra time, and third one is a last call in case I fell back asleep. Depending on the class time, I allow myself about 10-15 minutes before I have to be in my car on the way to class.

2. Turn on music or a podcast before you get out of bed
This has really helped me on a few occasions. As I just mentioned, I set 3 alarms, so I like to turn on music or a podcast after the second alarm. Granted I also live alone, so it may not be very helpful if you would also wake up someone else...

3. Set everything out the night before
I like to maximize the amount of time I can sleep when I am waking up that early, so I usually have my activewear set out (down to the socks) in my closet, my water bottle by the fridge, next to the fruit bar I eat while I'm driving to my workout, and my keys by the door!

4. Keep that post-workout endorphin rush in mind
I always think of the Legally Blonde quote "exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy" when I think about this, but it's true! One of the main reasons I like to workout is that endorphin rush as you finish up a class. So when it's 5:25am and I want to roll over and go back to sleep, I think about how great I will feel at about 7:00am if I wake up and get to it! Well, that and the cancellation fee I will probably have to pay...

Thanks for reading!

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