With everyone’s bodies being so different, there isn’t a “right” time so to speak, and it all depends on your own personal body and lifestyle factors.
Even though there isn’t a “one size fits all” routine, it has been found exercising in the morning brings a wealth of benefits for both your physical and mental health.
At the same time, many of us live super busy lives and an early morning workout can sometimes be the best solution that works around packed schedules and other commitments.
I know, it’s easier said than done - who wants to leave a warm bed, snuggled up to exercise?
However, once you overcome this battle, an a.m. sweat is great for a healthy start to the day.
Here are 4 clever tips to help you find that morning motivation.
1. Start Small
To make a morning routine that will last, it’s a good idea to start small and be realistic with your morning plans.
Usually, exercise goals fail because we set our expectations too high and end up biting more than we can chew.
In the early stages, rather than telling yourself you’re going to workout for an hour in the morning, just tell yourself you will exercise for 5 minutes.
Now 5 minutes may not seem like enough, but just start small - get up and start walking around.
In fact, this could even include walking up the stairs to reach the office in the morning rather than taking the lift.
After doing this for a few days and you slowly start getting comfortable, you can add more and more minutes each day accordingly.
2. Wake Up at the Same Time Everyday
Sometimes we try to convince ourselves that we can set our alarms for 5am, workout and be showered for 6:30am - but this is not always doable everyday.
Of course, this will depend on your own self, but pick a wake up time that you can stick with everyday.
So, you’ll need to figure out how many hours of sleep you need to still have a strong morning workout in the morning.
And, if you have set a specific time for your workout, then make sure you don’t get distracted by anything else and be strict with your exercise time.
In addition, even on the days you’re not going to be exercising, (we all need a break), try to still wake up at the same time.
The reason being, this will help you to stay on track and make your brain feel more alert, as it understands when the day starts everyday; with consistency, your brain will help prepare your body for its wakeup time.
3. Keep Your Alarm Away From Your Bed
The old fashioned way of getting out of bed is by keeping your alarm clock away from your bed.
As simple as it sounds, doing this forces you to leave your bed in the morning to turn it off.
And this will make you less likely to hit snooze and get back into bed - after all, you’re up now, so stay up!
Think about it, the last thing you want to do when you’ve just woken up is to pack your back and try to find a matching sock!
And, if you can find something that will prevent you from working out, you’ll only end up going back to bed, because what’s the point right?
However, having your sportswear ready for when you wake up will have you ahead of the game: not only is everything ready, but changing into your workout clothes as soon as you wake up tells your brain it’s time to get your sweat on!