Let's face it. No one likes an early wake up call. Even if your alarm is set for a flight to your vacation destination, the warm covers are still going to sound more appealing when you're in that sleepy state. Most of the time, it's not that you're dreading the workout, you're dreading getting out of bed!
Why should you exercise in the morning? Well, first off, it jump starts your metabolism for the day. You'll continue to burn calories for the remainder of the day. Plus you're more likely to be consistent with exercising. You may have a hectic schedule one day and not be able to fit in that evening workout. If you completed it in the morning, it's already over!
You'll probably never love it (or who knows, maybe you will), but these simple steps will make it a little bit easier to get out of bed and break a sweat. It may seem hard at first, but your body will eventually adjust to it.
1. Prepare the Night Before
Set your clothes out so that you can change as soon as you wake up. Fill your water bottle; lay out your mp3 player, towel, and whatever else you might take to the gym. That way, you can be out the door quickly. If you're working out at home, set up your mat and props.
2. Let Yourself Wake-Up Slowly
Snooze if you have to. Sometimes your body just needs to acclimate itself instead of hopping right out of bed. Enjoy a cup of coffee or read for 10 minutes. If you feel forced to wake up immediately, you're going to resent it even more. Your body will let you know when it's ready to get moving!
3. Get Outside
Go for a walk or run outdoors for a change. Knowing that you'll get some fresh air and different scenery should help motivate you to wake up. Plus, if you typically go outside, you'll want to wake up earlier to beat the summer heat!
4. Try Something Different
Find a new workout or a new playlist. Buy a new workout top. Sometimes all you need is a change of pace to jumpstart your excitement.
5. Think About the Alternative
You may want to become a morning exerciser because you can't fathom the thought of working out after a long day at the office. When your alarm goes off in the morning, think about how good you'll feel all day knowing that your exercise for the day is already complete! Think about how great you'll feel when you can go straight home after work.
As mentioned above, it's really all in the mind. On enough sleep, your body can exercise in the morning. You just need to tell yourself that once you are up and moving, you'll feel awake and rejuvenated. Maybe you don't always need to exercise in the morning, but you can switch it up daily based on how you feel.
Jillian Leo is a Healthy Living Blogger currently living in the New York Metropolitan area. Her blog, Sprinkle Massacre, shares her workouts, recipes, and daily attempts to lead a healthy lifestyle. Jillian is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and is currently finishing her studies to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.