Want to work out in the morning, but the thought of getting up earlier than you already do just makes you cringe?
I get it. I get it.
I only became a morning workout person once I found that I had almost zero time [+ motivation] to do evening routines anymore after having a baby.
Seriously, buy the end of the day my patience + energy is so drained I was getting crap workouts in with little results.
Do you feel the same?
Well, I will tell you that once I transitioned [slowly] to working out in the morning, I saw very clear results when it came to my body + energy levels.
- I lost 5lbs in 2 weeks.
- I felt energized after like I had a massive cup of coffee.
- My productivity levels throughout the day increased dramatically.
Also, I should note my workouts in the AM are usually only 30 minutes! Anyone can find that time. It’s over before I know it!
- Click HERE for a library of workouts.
So many people have asked me the past 6 months how I get up at 5am to work out so I figured I would put it together in a post for you!
Today I am sharing 8 motivational tips you can use to work out in the morning regularly.
How to Motivate Yourself to Work Out In The Morning
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
As simple as this tip to work out in the morning more is, it’s one of the most important.
Don’t expect to magically become an AM fitness junkie on 4-5 hours of sleep. It doesn’t work that way.
Yes, you can absolutely work out on little sleep. But, save that for once in a while.
If you’re looking to make it a habit, you’ll want to get into a routine of an earlier wind-down/bedtime so when your alarm goes off in the am you don’t just wanna hit snooze 7 times.
Some tips for getting enough sleep:
- No caffeine 5+ hours before bed.
- Create a calming PM routine.
- No phone/computer a half hour before bed.
HAVE A CLEAR MORNING ROUTINE
Having a morning routine is something I cannot believe I waited so long to create!
Like anything that is currently a habit in your life, you once had to think about it + repeat it over + over before it stuck. Even way back when as a kid when you started brushing your teeth!
Same goes for creating a morning routine.
If you want to work out in the morning, having a list of just 3-5 simple tasks you do in the same order every time helps you go through with working out.
That’s because when your alarm goes off + you start the first task on your morning routine, the rest of the behaviors will follow [including your workout!].
If you want to learn more about setting up a morning routine read my post about creating a morning routine HERE.
SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS
Planning is seriously everything when it comes to creating a habit you’re feeling resistance about.
So, if you want to work out early in the morning you’ll want to get your environment aligned with your goals.
Meaning, prep everything needed to make your morning routine go smoothly so you actually follow through.
- Schedule an alarm with no snooze
- Set up your coffee maker
- Lay out clothes, headband, sneakers
- Pack gym bag
- Choose a playlist/podcast
- Set up at-home gym area
- Fill water bottle
Want to create your OWN at-home gym on a budget? Click HERE to learn what you need.
PLAN YOUR WORKOUT IN ADVANCE
This one sort of goes with the last tip I gave. Buttttt, I wanted to give it it’s own spot to shine because well… the working out part is the most important thing on this list!
I highly recommend trying your best to not “wing” what your workout will be + instead go with a clear, written out plan.
It doesn’t have to be an in-depth plan, either.
Sometimes I write the body parts I am working out in my planner on each day of the week I plan to work out.
Recently, I switched to writing out my workouts in the notes section of my phone. Click HERE for exactly how I do it.
If you are not using a pre-made workout created by a program, you can quickly write out the exercises you are doing on your phone, in your agenda, or on a piece of paper.
Once you have a library of workouts you like over time, it takes maybe 5 minutes to plan your workouts a week beforehand.
So worth it!
- Related: HOW I PLAN MY WORKOUTS EACH WEEK
SET UP ACCOUNTABILITY
If you have been following me for a bit you know having accountability is a pillar in my program + what I teach.
When it comes to creating healthy habits, having 1 or more people you check in with will make you more than 50% likely to actually do what you say you’ll do.
Why? We often have no problem keeping promises + plans with others. But, for some reason most people are OK to let themselves down + just ditch plans they make to better themselves.
Want to be SUPER bold + brave? Post about it on your social media! Take a pic or video when you complete each workout + post it or share it with your accountability partner.
Another big tip is to choose an accountability partner either on a similar health journey OR someone who is a few steps ahead with their fitness game.
KNOW YOUR “WHYS”
This is one of the MAJOR reasons people can’t make habits stick or can’t reach goals in life.
You need to be super super super clear on WHY you are doing whatever you’re trying to do.
Meaning, ask yourself “why do I want to work out in the morning?”
Some responses might be:
- I want to lose weight + have more energy all day
- I want to use it to release stress + start my day positively
- I want to free up time in the evening to spend time with my family
- I want to feel energized in the am so I am more productive all day
- I want to get it over with so I don’t think about it all day
- I want to set a good example for my family
So, on the days you really don’t feel like putting your feet on the ground when that alarm goes off, you remind yourself of your WHYs!
Click HERE for how to plan 3-6 month health + fitness goals — your WHY’S are a major component of this!
SHIFT YOUR THOUGHTS
This little tip can do major things if you keep setting the intention to work out in the morning + you aren’t following through.
You need to start telling yourself + actually believing that you like to wake up + work out early in the morning!
Yep. Like, legit think to yourself:
“I love waking up in the morning to work out because it makes me feel energized, productive, + happier throughout the day! It’s so nice to have time to myself in the morning to work on improving my mindset + body. Every day I follow through I feel stronger + more aligned with the 2.0 version of myself that I am working towards becoming!”
Obviously, change it to make it authentically fit how you’d speak to yourself.
But, know that your thoughts are malleable + create your reality! Life is all perspective.
DON’T OVERTHINK IT
For real. Stop it.
The more time you give yourself to think about going through with a workout in the morning, the less of a chance you’ll probably even go through with it.
Just wake up, shut your alarm off, put your feet on the ground, take a deep breath, + start your morning routine leading up to your workout!
You got this.
Anyone can do it.
It just starts with you deciding today is YOUR day to start.
Want to know a *BIG* secret? Motivation just doesn’t cut it. Nope. What you need to focus on creating is discipline. Not talking yourself out of getting up + focusing on your WHYS to bypass any self-sabotaging thoughts.
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