Getting Up in the Morning: The Easy Edition

It’s always tempting to press the snooze button when the ringing goes off at 6:30am. But sleeping in that extra five minutes will probably lead to sleeping more. Especially if you only have the time to fit in your exercise in the mornings, it’s tempting to skip out altogether and tell yourself that you’ll go to the gym or for a run the next day. But here’s some tips on how to get out of the bed the next time you feel like skipping out:

 

1. Set your alarm loud and far

Crank up the volume on the alarm and place your alarm far away from you. When you hear the ringing in the morning, it’s out of your reach and getting out of the bed is the only way to turn it off. Once you’re up and out of your bed, it’s so much easier to push yourself to head out the door to do some exercise.

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2. Lay out what you need

The night before, make sure to plan out your workout outfit so that it’s ready for you to wear when you wake up in the morning. Any other items you may need such as iPod and keys, should be placed together so you know exactly where it is. That way, it’s so much easier and quicker to push forward and start your workout when everything is nicely laid out. It will probably save you the frustration of not being able to find your favourite sweatpants and it’s much worse when you’re dealing with the sleepiness at the same time.

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3. Aim to sleep earlier the night before

Getting the solid eight hours of sleep will help make you feel more rested and more likely to get out of bed easier. Sleeping at 2:00am and waking up at 6:00am and say “I’m going to run for five miles!” will definitely make a painful fight out of bed.

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4. Plan a schedule for your morning workouts

Make a consistent plan and follow through with that goal. A schedule like waking up at 6:00am every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be much easier, as your body will not be confused by the dramatic time differences from your regular sleeping schedule.

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The more you prepare for the morning exercise session, the more your internal clock will adjust to the new changes, and eventually getting out of bed each morning will seem almost effortless compared to the first time you got up. Try these tips out and you may find yourself outside more often than you think!