Hello divas! I hope that you had a fantastic holiday weekend. Mine was pretty relaxing and, I have to admit, a bit lazy. But it’s not a new month and fall is just around the corner so I am ready to make some changes to get my health and fitness back on track. One thing I am wanting to do is find some more time in my busy day to get stuff done. One such way is to get my workouts done early in the day so I don’t necessarily have to worry about it later on if I don’t want. But I am so NOT a morning person so as you can imagine, this is very difficult for me lol. So today I am sharing my 5 easy ways to make morning runs (or other workouts) rock.
Lay clothing out the night before. It is important to plan ahead when trying to workout in the mornings. This saves times and prevents excuses. One way to make things easy is to have your workout clothing picked out and ready to wear in the morning. If you have a particularly hard time getting up in the morning, you may even sleep in your running clothing.
Acclimate yourself for an early bedtime and early alarm. This is the step that I am currently working on. I have been gradually making myself go to bed a bit earlier and moving my alarm earlier in the morning. I am getting out of bed 30 minutes earlier even though I am still running after work. It is important that you get enough sleep so that you are well rested for your morning workouts. I am hoping that by doing this, my body will be more acclimated to the early morning when it comes time to move my workouts to the mornings.
Pre-workout meal. I know when I get up in the mornings, I am not always hungry. But you need to have something in your system before you head out the door for your run. Even if it is as simple as a cup of coffee (which will also help you wake up), you need to eat and/or drink something.
Workout with friend. There is no better motivation than going for a run (or workout) with a friend. It is much easier to get up and out the door if you are accountable to someone else.
Do something your like. Finally, if you are not doing something you enjoy, you will probably not continue to do the workout during the early morning hours. I love running so it makes it a little easier to get out the door. I save the activities that I don’t enjoy quite so much (such as strength training) for after work.
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