Even the most dedicated fitness buffs sometimes miss their daily workout. It’s ok! Don’t freak out! This is sometimes necessary because life gets in the way. This just puts you in the majority. But the key to why you missed it may be all simply due to timing.
What time of the day do you usually work out? If you schedule your workouts more in the afternoons and evenings, that’s still great… but our Heroic Health recommendation on this topic is to schedule those workouts for first thing in the morning. Studies even show that working out first thing in the morning leads to consistency, better sleep and more weight loss.
Working out in the morning is a great way to get your metabolism going. You will burn a ton of calories with your working, which will make you hungry after you are done working out. When you burn calories first thing in the morning and then replenish them right away, you are sending your body the message that this is how it is going to be all day. Burn, replenish, burn, replenish, etc.
Working out in the morning also solves the problem of being too tired at the end of the day to actually hit the gym. This problem can be completely avoided by working out in the morning, plus working out actually gives you energy! Once you get those endorphins going, you should feel happy, full of life and full of energy. The perfect way to start the day!
Did you know that you will make better decisions by doing it this way too? When you get such a great calorie burn going first thing in the morning, the last thing you will want to do is mess that up! Mentally, you should want to eat better throughout the day knowing you already put in too much time in at the gym that morning to screw it up over a fattening lunch.
And behold! Heroic Health-approved tips for you to try that just might help you start getting in those early morning workouts more consistently. No one regrets going to the gym, they only regret NOT going.
1) Plan the night before: if you already know it is going to be a struggle to wake up, do everything you can to take the effort out of the morning by doing prep the night before. Make your coffee and set the timer, prep your breakfast and leave in the fridge, set out your workout clothes and gear, have your itunes workout play list ready, etc. When all you have to do is wake up, get dressed and pour yourself a cup of coffee, it makes life a little easier.
2) Give yourself some time to ‘wake up’: Sean always wakes up about an hour before he actually has to. That way, if he plans to be at the gym, it allows him time to drink his coffee, have his breakfast, check his emails, etc. It naturally takes a little time for your body to get acclimated with the new day after being asleep for 8 hours. Even if it is only giving yourself enough time to stretch and grab some coffee and a banana, try planning a little time between pushing the sheets off of you to being on the treadmill
3) Eat some breakfast: you may find that you do not have much of an appetite first thing in the morning. If you are going to go workout though, you do need to give your body some fuel, so try eating something small like a piece of fruit. You will find that just giving yourself a bit of carbs, your metabolism will get working and your body will wake up and be ready to go.
5) Pick a realistic workout: don’t try and tackle something that is going to get you to hurt yourself because you’re hurrying. If your gym is 15 minutes away and you are already giving yourself limited time to workout, maybe try doing an at home DVD. If you didn’t sleep well the night before and wake up tired, maybe don’t go try to do an intense 75 minute kickboxing class and stick with yoga or some light strength training. On the other hand, if you wake up ready to go, maybe try taking a local boot camp where you can really sweat it out. No matter what, pick something that you know will work for you and be realistic enough for you to complete. If you do enough bad workouts in the morning you will hate it and give up, so take that option out of the equation and do something you know you can do. You have plenty of time to get up to those intense sweat sessions, we are just talking for starters here.
6) Share your plans: as humans, we really do NOT like to fail. When you tell someone of your workout plans for the next morning, it has been proven that you are more likely to stick with it. The last thing you are going to want to do is tell them you slept through your workout when they ask the next day.
7) Be consistent: both of us here at Heroic Health headquarters wakes up at pretty much the same time every day – even on weekends. Your body naturally develops an internal alarm clock and when you train yourself over and over to get up at a certain time, you will begin to wake up at that time without a struggle. It may sound extreme to not sleep in on the weekends, but sleeping in messes with this internal clock. Your body needs to be trained to know you need to get up at a specific time and be ready to go.
If after trying these tips you still can’t get up in the morning, don’t stress and give up! The key is being consistent so as long as you are getting in a great workout whenever and wherever that works for YOU, you are well ahead of most others. ♥