We all know the struggles of waking up early to go workout. It’s all fun and games when you’re at the gym, but the real test happens right before you walk into Pump City. Morning workouts are all about fighting with your inner voice that keeps telling you to go back to sleep or to just stay cozy at home. Even though it’s very tempting sometimes to give in to that little voice and go back to bed, you can’t! You have goals to achieve and people to prove wrong, so you better get that morning workout in. Here are 7 useful tips that will get you off your feet and motivated for that morning workout.
Move your clock: instead of putting your alarm clock right next to your bed, why not move it to the other extremity of the room? This way, you’ll have to get up to turn it off, which will notify your brain that it’s time to wake up.
Let there be light: Once the alarm clock is shut off and you’re on your feet, turn on the lights. If you’re not sleeping alone, go quickly into the hallway and open the lights. The brightness will send message to your brain to wake up and be alert to whatever is happening.
Drop for ten: Shut off the alarm, open the lights, and do 10 push-ups. Might seem crazy, but doing a short set of push-ups will release some endorphins in your body and give you a boost of energy. Your muscles take more time to wake up, therefore this short exercise will give them the adrenaline boost they need to start pumping.
Have a filling breakfast: You’ve heard already that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, period. It doesn’t matter at what time you wake up, eating a breakfast filled with nutrients will give you the boost of the energy you need to get moving. Some great breakfast ideas are oatmeal with egg whites and fruits, omelette or protein smoothie.
Listen to music: Listening to music in the morning is a great way to get in “the zone” before a workout. You don’t have to blast the music necessarily, but you can plug in your iPod and listen to your favorite songs to get a boost in energy. You can even listen to motivational speeches from Eric Thomas or Arnold Schwarzenegger to get those goose bumps going and be motivated for a successful workout. The voice of an expert in your ear tends to do that to you!
Take a PreWorkout: If you still need it, take a PreWorkout drink before your workout. The component of the drink will release the right amount of chemicals into your body to get you mentally and physically prepared for training. The drink will also feed your muscles to give them enough pump to withstand the weights you’ll be lifting later, which will also help them grow bigger for a more cutandjacked look.
Turn it into a meeting: It doesn’t matter who you meet at the gym, but if you make plans to meet someone, you will have no other choice but to get moving. Knowing that someone is waiting for you at the gym will give you something to look forward to, other than pumping iron. If need be, talk to your gym partner and agree to text or call each other in the morning so that no one skips on the workout.
About the author: Sarah Anton is a writer, editor, lifter, runner, and foodie. Whenever she’s not at her desk or at the gym, you can find her in the kitchen testing new recipes. For business inquiries, please contact her through her website at www.writingleo.com