Table of Contents
- Reality check
- Why mornings are the best time of day to exercise
- So that it doesn’t feel like an unrealistic task, here are a few practical ways you can fit exercise into your morning routine.
- First things first, set an alarm, plus a second alarm 5 minutes later.
- Pop into a plank.
- Turn the lights on, literally.
- Get everything out and ready the night before.
- Get dressed ASAP!
- Keep it positive.
- Think about your after.
- Prep a small brekki.
- Plan your workout the night before (and make it convenient).
- Pick a form of exercise you actually like or an area that you really want to target!
- Set a goal for 10 minutes.
- Try it for 2 weeks.
- It’s all about consistency.
- Don’t overthink it.
Why mornings are the best time of day to exercise
- There’s no time for excuses – you simply “rip off the band-aid” and get it over with.
- You're able to exercise, distraction free, before your family’s feet hit the floor.
- You check off an important task from your to-do list and it’s immediately off your mind.
- It gives you a big boost in energy, right off the bat.
- It helps jumpstart your metabolism.
- You head into the day with a sense of accomplishment and pride.
So that it doesn’t feel like an unrealistic task, here are a few practical ways you can fit exercise into your morning routine.
First things first, set an alarm, plus a second alarm 5 minutes later.
Pop into a plank.
Turn the lights on, literally.
Get everything out and ready the night before.
- If you’re heading to the gym: Have your clothes ready, gym bag packed (granola bar included) and your water bottle out on the counter, ready to go.
- If you workout at home: Pick out your outfit, have your water bottle filled in the fridge and your yoga mat already laid out in the living room (or wherever).
- If you’re going for a run: Set out your clothes, keys and headphones so you can stretch and quickly head out the door.
Get dressed ASAP!
Keep it positive.
- It’ll be worth it.
- Take action TODAY.
- You got this.
- I can watch things happen or I can make things happen.
- I’m going to take charge and create my own success.
- I’m going to make the right decisions today and be grateful for the healthy body I have.
- Trade in comfort for change.
- It’s about sweating with my soul and awakening my mind.
- I’m stronger than I think I am.
Think about your after.
Prep a small brekki.
Plan your workout the night before (and make it convenient).
When you’re looking at an early wakeup call, the last thing you want to do is crawl out of bed and plan a workout. Have the length and type of workout planned so you can get out of your house, or get started, within 15 minutes of waking up.
- Scheduling your weekly workout plan is a powerful way to create a morning habit. Are you working out at home? Going on a run? Heading to the gym? Which days will you exercise and for how long? Even if it’s just 10 minutes, schedule a SPECIFIC TIME and TYPE and then hold yourself to it like it’s an appointment.
- Monday: 10-minute run at 6:00 a.m.
- Wednesday: 30-minute home HIIT routine at 5:45 a.m
- Friday: 45-minute spin class at 5:30 a.m
Pick a form of exercise you actually like or an area that you really want to target!
Spoiler alert: I haven’t always been a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed momma in the morning! To gain motivation, I started out by incorporating 30-minute workouts that focused on my core. Because I was focusing on an area of my body that I really wanted to improve, I didn’t struggle as much to find motivation to turn on my core-crushing video and get started.
Set a goal for 10 minutes.
Everyone can do 10 minutes. After the first 10, you’ll either feel absolutely amazing and want to keep going or you’ll finish up feeling good because you accomplished something. Win, win!
Try it for 2 weeks.
Small, SPECIFIC goals lead to less stress, less fear, and ultimately, more success! When you’re new to the morning workout world, the biggest hurdle is staying motivated for the first 2 weeks. Make a commitment to stick with your morning sweat seshes for 2 weeks, no more, no less.
It’s all about consistency.
It’s no secret that you’ll probably be tired the first few days. That’s why change is so difficult, it’s something different, unfamiliar and possibly uncomfortable (at first!!).
Stay the course and give your body time to adjust. Once you settle into a morning routine, you’ll notice how much better you feel physically and mentally. You’ll feel less stressed, more grounded, more focused and more empowered. If you skip your morning routine, you’ll probably notice that you won’t have as much energy throughout your day.
Don’t overthink it.
Finding time to exercise can be challenging, no matter what phase of life you’re in. The most important thing is to squeeze in whatever length workout you can, whenever you can. But, if you want to ensure you get in a daily sweat sesh, a few minutes first thing is the best way to do it. The more time you give yourself, the more you’ll find reasons to talk yourself out of it and tell yourself “you’ll start tomorrow.” Rip it off like a band-aid.
Let’s get in a little morning movement – together!
Cheers to a healthy lifestyle and living FULLforLife!
xo, Pam & Kalie
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