I’ve got a question for you: Are you an alarm dreader or an early morning go-getter?
Not everyone is a morning person. Especially when it comes to working out. While your schedule may not be conducive to hitting the studio / gym bright and early, getting your sweat on in the a.m. can have it’s benefits, like a better night’s sleep (say, what?!) and more time for post-work happy hour (count me in!).
If you are looking to work on your jump-out-of-bed-when-the-sun-rises routine, we’ve got seven realistic tips, tricks and real-life hacks to get those muscles moving bright and early.
PUT A LITTLE PREP IN YOUR STEP
Preparation is key. The night before, get your workout gear in order (and yea, that includes shoes and socks). Choose clothes that make you feel confident. And channel your inner DJ and put together a new playlist before bed. Getting those tunes in order will get you pumped up for the morning sweat session ahead.
TIP: Sleep in your sports bra! One less layer to put on and get you out the door.
TOO LEGIT TO QUIT
Don’t be afraid to commit to a class the night before. By booking your class on the Lymber app before you hit the hay, you know you’ve reserved a spot. Oh, and that financial commitment offers a little extra motivation, too.
TIP: Invite a friend to book the same class. You’ll make each other accountable.
Embrace your inner social media maven and get out of bed for that post-workout selfie! Celebrities do it, so why not you? Be your friends #morningmotivation. Your snapshot doesn’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to post it, but give yourself some credit for getting out from under the sheets and getting sweaty.
TIP: Don’t be afraid to make the pic realistic and funny. We all know the #thestruggleisreal.
LET THE LIGHT IN
Now that we all have (hopefully) adjusted to the time change — can I get a high-five for more daylight? — use the sun to your advantage. In addition to setting your alarm, adjust your bedroom blinds or curtains to let slivers of early morning sunlight in. The natural light offers a bright and beautiful cue to start the day.
TIP: Choose a more soothing yet encouraging alarm setting to compliment the sunlight.
Essential oils might just be what you need to get pumped up (and out of bed). Try inhaling energizing oils like Peppermint before your workout to awaken your senses first thing in the morning!
TIP: If you want to improve your sleep the night before, try diffusing Lavender Oil. Lavender Oil not only smells like relaxation, but it helps to ease anxiety and insomnia. And if you are in need of a diffuser, try this one (a personal favorite).
MADISON’S MORNING MOCKTAIL
Rise, grind and drink up! If you’re looking for a more natural morning beverage to get you moving and grooving, try my co-worker, Madison’s, pre-workout mocktail mix. Her go-to drink includes:
- One scoop of Essential Amino Energy (Lemon Lime is her go-to flavor)
- One tablespoon of Bragg Organic Raw and Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
- One scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
Shake up in a Blender Bottle with cold water. This drink has just enough kick to wake you up without making you shaky. And there’s a bonus: Collagen powder keeps your hair and skin looking healthy!
TIP: Measure out the powders and place them in your shaker bottle the night before. Just add the Apple Cider Vinegar and water when you wake up. Make sure you leave enough time between drinking and working out to let the beverage settle in your tummy.
DON’T GIVE UP
Like any routine, it takes time to get adjusted. It’s not always easy lifting your head off that pillow, but stick with it and you’ll get into the swing of things before you know it! Your morning workout — no matter how intense — will help you start your day on a positive note. See what you can accomplish before the sun is high in the sky… You might just surprise yourself!
TIP: Grab that dry erase marker (or lipstick) and write yourself a motivational note on your bathroom mirror. Don’t be afraid to be your own cheerleader… Motivational words can go a long way!
Do you have any tips for waking up early to get that morning workout in? Let me know by commenting below!