Some people roll out of bed with no problem. Other people need to hit the snooze button three times before they can even think about putting their feet on the floor. Some people feel their day just isn’t complete if it doesn’t start with a brisk bit of exercise, while others prefer to wait until noon, when their muscles are warm and they’ve crossed some tasks off their to-do list. If you’re one of those noon exercisers, but you’ve always wanted to be an up-and-at-‘em morning exerciser, we understand. By getting your movement session in first thing in the morning, you’ve accomplished one of the day’s most important tasks right away, and you’ve cleared your schedule for all the other stuff you have to do.
But what if you just can’t seem to get your act together in the morning? No excuses: here are seven can’t-fail tips designed to get you out the door in the morning and make you a morning exerciser:
- The night before, check the weather forecast for the morning so you can plan accordingly.
- Then, lay out the clothes you plan to wear. Socks, sweats, T-shirt, shoes, everything.
- Fill a water bottle and leave it by the door.
- Do you need to eat something or have a coffee before you exercise? Make a sandwich the night before, or have a piece of fruit waiting for you on the counter. If you can’t move without coffee, use a coffee maker with an alarm and have a hot cup waiting for you when you’re dressed.
- Put your alarm or phone across the room from your bed, so you have to get up to turn it off. Make sure it’s set on loud.
- Turn a light on right away; light signals the brain to wake up.
- Make plans with others to work out together. You’re much more likely to get up if you know others are waiting for you.