So it’s getting a little cold outside… it’s getting harder and harder to hit your morning workout. Do you want to start having a morning workout but it feels impossible to get started? You want to start exercising in the morning, but the thought of leaving that warm bed seems so out of reach. I’ll tell you exactly what I do to set myself up for my morning workout.
1. I have all my clothes on or ready
Making things as simple as possible by following my own rules is the secret behind everything I do. Wearing your workout clothes to bed is a great strategy and if that works for you, do it. During winter, sleeping with less clothes on works better for me. I already have my huge blanket out so if I wear too much clothes therefore, I’ll sweat and then I don’t feel good in the morning and that’s a bad start.
I hung this wall storage thing with hooks right next to my bed (I found a sweet one on Amazon: Over the Door Magazine Storage Pockets, Wall Door Closet Hanging Storage bag organizer, (4 Pockets with Hook-Nature) ). In my little wall storage thing I wrap up my pants, top, sports bra, socks and underwear and put as many as I can or want into it. I make sure there are a few jackets and sweatshirts hung up to there’s really no excuse here.
2. I set the most annoying alarm sound possible
iPhone users know exactly which one I’m talking about, the EHHH EHHH EHHHH, it’s called Alarm. Really any sound that wakes me up over and over again eventually turns into one that I hate.
3. I plug my phone in on my desk
I am the first one out of bed when that alarm goes off. This is an important moment, you must make a choice! You have two choices: A. let another morning go by while you remain the same or B. put on those gyms clothes that you were smart enough to lay out and start making a real change.
4. I turn on the lights
This is a must. The light is really what’s going to wake you up so just suck it up and turn it on. I have a desk lamp that isn’t ridiculously bright that I turn on first, some sort of smaller light will make it easier for you to blind your self every morning.
5. I have my water bottle ready
I need a drink of water as soon as I wake up. I’m thirsty every morning, plus it’s great to rehydrate after not drinking any water for 7-8 hours. Plus plus, I’m heading straight to the gym and the water helps me wake up and get energize for my morning workout.
6. I listen to upbeat music
For my morning workout, I don’t want my meditation music or some love song. I’m trying to wake up! Loud crazy techno or gangster rap is going to be the thing waking me up today. Spotify is pretty awesome and let’s you download the playlists so you don’t use all your data.
7. I have my pre workout ready
In the morning, the more you have to actually do, the less you want to do it. The cherry on top is having my c4 ready, I literally just have to get dressed and pound my liquids and I’m out the door.
8. I wear the right type of clothes
You won’t see me walking into the gym in the pour rain wearing booty shorts, it’s just not the season people. At least wear some sweats over them, we can all feel that it’s freezing out. I like to wear my thick, Go- Warm Compression Leggings from Old Navy and I will even wear sweat pants over them if it’s really cold. Nothing wrong with a water proof jacket too.
9. I splurged for an automatic starter
You know those buttons on your keychain that start your car while you’re still in the house?! Yeah, I got one of those for Christmas last year and it’s the best thing in the world. It was worth every penny and not as expensive as you might think. No bullshit, if you live where it’s ridiculously cold, why would you not consider this? It’s by far my favorite part of my car and makes the mornings that much more manageable.
10. I practice self-discipline
Finally, this is the one no one wants to hear, we are all looking for easy magic tips and tricks, but it really comes down to self-discipline. You have the choice to get up or get back into bed. You 100% have the choice to go to bed a little earlier, to turn off your phone, to listen to a meditation video and to do things that you don’t feel like doing because that’s what self-discipline is and that’s how you’re going to achieve what you want to achieve, when you’re wants outweigh your excuses.