Nothing beats morning workouts. Getting your exercise in bright and early provides great benefits that are both physically and mentally rewarding. When you prioritize something as important as your health through exercise, you end up feeling amazing the rest of the day. Early workouts don’t leave room for excuses like a long workday, or plans with friends and family.
You may not be a morning person and the thought of over exerting yourself so early is unimaginable. You feel sluggish when you wake up already, why put a workout on your already tired self? You may have heard that exercising boosts your energy, so when you workout first thing in the morning you are actually doing a kindness to your body by stocking up on energy for the day.
If you’re ready to give the early morning workouts a try, here are some tips to help you out:
- Eat Right
Don’t eat past 7:30 pm the evening before, and be sure to have a light snack before you head out in the morning. Keeping healthy snacks on hand pre-workout is a great way to stay energized.
Lay out your gym clothes, or better yet, wear them to bed. It sounds crazy, but it works. If you wake up ready to go, you are less likely to bail, because who doesn’t feel motivated in some luon.
Go to sleep early so you can wake up early. Lounging until all hours in front of the TV has zero benefits, especially if you’re trying to get that early start. You will only end up feeling sluggish if you deprive yourself of sleep.
- Set an Early Alarm
Wake up at least half an hour prior to your workout to get some down time before your sweat. This time could be spent meditating, reflecting on the awesome day you are going to have, or simply being in a state of piece before you begin your morning.
Drink a tall glass of water, or two, as soon as you wake up. A good sweat will deplete your fluid supply and nothing kills a workout more than dehydration.