It can be really tough when you are short on time and have to fit in some early morning workouts.
We could all benefit from more hours in the day – as it can be pushing it a little too much to shake up our entire routines to fit everything in!
Nevertheless, here are some tips to make morning training sessions that little bit easier!
#1 Change your alarm sound and set it earlier than normal
By setting your alarm a little bit earlier, you can move at your own pace and allow yourself a minute or two to wake up. Usually the worst part most people find about morning training is the actually making it out of bed…
✓ Once you are up and awake you will feel fine, it’s getting to that point can be a struggle for some people.
Change your alarm to some upbeat music you enjoy that will get you in the mood for training rather than that annoying ringing that most alarms have by default.
✓ This will help motivate you to get out of bed and smash your training session!
#2 Plan ahead
By preparing your gym gym the night before, you will remove a lot of the obstacles that may stand in the way to being motivated to get out of bed for an early morning training session.
Prepare your breakfast and leave it ready to go and make sure your gym bag is packed with the clothes you intend to wear. This means you will literally have to get up, eat and leave without much thought or reasons to stay in bed.
Making things as simple and hassle-free as possible will go a long way towards avoiding that little voice telling you to just leave it and stay in bed!
#3 Utilise positive thinking
Instead of focusing on the negative points of getting up and having to go out into the cold, place some emphasis on the positives that will result from you going to the effort of making that training session. Be proud for being consistent and going even when it’s tough to do so.
In many ways these are the sessions that count the most! You often get out of your day what you put into it so be positive and let your motivation soar.
#4 Find a fitness buddy
Having a fitness buddy to train with can make a huge difference to most people as it provides a sense of accountability.
People tend to prefer letting themselves down rather than others so if you have a workout partner, not wanting to cancel on them might just give you that extra push you need to get up and out the door in the mornings.
#5 Make a hot drink first thing
When the weather is cold a hot drink can not only heat you up, it can help wake you up too.
Green tea is a great way to start your day and will heat you from the inside out!
#6 Plan a nice post workout meal
Plan a healthy post workout meal that you will look forward to eating after your workout.
#7 Go to bed early
As difficult as it may be for some – really try to get to bed earlier and ensure you give yourself a solid eight hours sleep – it will work wonders for getting up and your recovery after workouts!
Try to get into a regular routine so that your body clock gets used to getting up and sleeping at a certain time every day and night.
This will ensure you have the energy to get up and push yourself in your training sessions!
#8 Be persistent
It’s really difficult to form new habits, especially if they involve any amount of discomfort.
Be persistent with your routine of getting up early to train and over time it will become a part of your lifestyle and will become a new habit you have formed.
It will eventually get to a stage where it feels weird to get up later as you will have retrained your body to be used to early starts!
Take Home Message
These are a few tips I have found to have made my life easier when I have to train in the early hours.
Try some out and before you know it you will have a new routine and find it much easier to get up earlier!