Do you hate working out in the morning? Me too. Here are 3 ways to wake up early and stay up to make that gym session happen.
Mornings are, to put it bluntly, hell for me. I am not a morning person and will sleep in until I absolutely must get up. But here’s the thing, I know that if I don’t get that session in, my day really sucks. I feel rushed through my work day, it’s hard for me to shut down and stop working, and my emails ding constantly after 6am. It sucks. I feel much better when I start my day w/a workout when my time is still mine!
Here’s how you can make this happen too!
Start with a wake up call. Technically these are called Neural Morning Primers and have been used for years by pro bodybuilders and yogi’s alike! It's a small 5-10 minute circuit-style bodyweight workout that's programmed strategically to wake up your nervous system, get the blood flowing, kick your hormones into overdrive, and introduce a massive amount of oxygen to your body, thereby shooting your brain into productivity mode.
Keep it simple, upon waking complete 1 circuit of 10-15 reps: bodyweight squats, glute bridges, dips, plank hold, lunges, jump squats
This quick circuit guarantees you will not be able to go back to bed after and it takes less than 5 minutes
Lay out your gym clothes, watch, socks, pre-workout BEFORE bed. This is a practical step so you don’t have to fumble around in the morning. I’ve been known to sleep in my gym clothes too!
Suggestion from a client was she leaves her preworkout & shaker by her bed so she has a scoop as soon as she wakes up. It takes 15-20 minutes to kick in so she’s ready to go by the time she hits the gym floor--LOVE IT!
Use the sleep timer on your phone. If you have an iphone, there’s a sleep cycle timer that will remind you when it’s time to start winding down your day. USE IT.
Give yourself 1 hour before preparing for bed to turn off the tv, social media, last minute to-do’s around the house. THEN take a shower or bath, read a book, and wind down in the last hour before you plan to go to sleep.
I also use the sleep cycle app to wake me during my optimal “wake up” phase in my sleep pattern. It’s fantastic!
I hope these tips are helpful for you to make waking up earlier, easier and hopefully knocking a workout out first thing!
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