The Secret to Becoming an Early Morning Exerciser
The past year has been a rough one.
Lots of things have changed, and for some, this includes creating new habits. However, for others, it may have brought on stress and anxiety. So how can you beat the stress and create new, healthy habits?
Becoming an early morning exerciser is one way to go about it.
You might be rolling your eyes, and we get it! If you already have an established routine (or maybe don’t have one at all), this can be hard to wrap your head around at first.
But trust us, and read ahead.
There are several lessons that this pandemic has taught us, and one of those is that “health is wealth.” It is important to get your body moving, and what better time to do that than early in the morning. Starting your day out with a great workout has several benefits, such as:
- Boosting your mood.
- Increasing your focus.
- Getting your metabolism going.
- Combatting pain and negative effects due to sitting.
So, if you are thinking about getting into the habit of working out early in the morning, but you wonder how to become an early morning exerciser, the following tips will help you wake up and get moving!
5 Secrets to Becoming an Early Morning Exerciser
1. Get to Bed Early
This may seem like a no-brainer, but going to bed just 30 minutes earlier can help you to wake up feeling more rested and ready to get in your exercise.
The earlier you go to bed, the earlier you can wake up (while still getting in your necessary eight hours). Plus, you won’t feel as sluggish when your alarm goes off and less likely to snooze and roll over and go back to sleep.
2. Pick Your Outfit the Night Before
You can get ready faster, making it easier to get into your workout sooner. Preparing your gym bag and laying out your clothes can also be motivating, especially if you put them where you will see them first thing when you wake up.
Plus, if you’ve already got your workout gear ready to go, there isn’t an excuse in the morning to skip out!
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3. Gradually Set Your Alarm Earlier & Earlier
Rather than going from sleeping into waking up really early overnight, you may want to try gradually waking up a bit earlier each day or week. It won’t be easy to start waking up early to exercise, but your goal will be much more attainable if you do it gradually.
Another bonus tip? Ditch the phone alarm in 2021 and get back to the basics with an actual alarm clock, but step it up a notch to really nail this tip.
Alarm clocks with sunrise stimulations are all the rage right now, and waking up to the light rather than the jarring noise of your smartphone has positive health benefits. Test out the GRDE Wake-Up Light and see for yourself.
4. Don’t Snooze!
We know, we know. Easier said than done. However, it might make it easier not to snooze if you put your alarm clock on the other side of the room.
By doing this, you have to actually get out of bed to turn it off, which makes it less likely that you will hit snooze and go back to bed. After all, you’re already up! Get up and get moving. The faster you wake up and get out of bed, the more likely you will get your morning exercise done.
5. Use Powerful Mantras
The power of positivity is incredibly strong. By using powerful mantras about loving your body and waking up early, you’d be surprised at how quickly you will feel ready for early morning workouts.
Before going to sleep, try a mantra such as “I am an early riser” or “I love my body enough to wake up early and get my movement in.”
Mantras can be incredibly powerful and can truly change your mindset for the better. The more positivity you feed your mind about working out early, the more likely you will begin waking up early to exercise.
Will You Try an Early Morning Workout?
Not everyone is a morning person, and that is alright. However, if you are working on creating new, healthy habits for the upcoming year and getting rid of old unhealthy habits created during the pandemic, these tips can help you begin.
While everyone is different, these tips may just be the secret to becoming an early morning exerciser.
Don’t let the pandemic shake you and get you down. You can even start your morning workout with something slow and relaxing such as some hatha yoga poses! The workout does not need to be intense for you to feel good.
Hopefully, you will be able to become the early exerciser that you want to and start your days out in the best way possible.
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