People often wonder when is the best time to work out. Let's face it, it is really whatever time of day you'll be most likely to do it! That said, we have a pretty strong case for scheduling a morning session:
- According to Forbes and Business Insider, successful people often wake up early and exercise in the morning.
- Morning exercise energizes you naturally, so you don't have to rely solely on caffeine and stimulants to get your day going.
- Completing a tough workout in the morning gives you the confidence to tackle other challenges throughout the day. Research shows that exercise can even boost your cognitive ability, meaning you can face the day with sharper mental focus.
- By getting your workout done and out of the way, you won't be tempted to skip it later when other life challenges pop up.
So, sure...these all sound like convincing reasons. But when knowledge isn't enough, we also have a few great hacks to help you switch from a night owl to an early riser.
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5 Tips to Master the Morning Workout
1) Put your alarm away from your bed.
Simple but effective. If you have to get out of bed to turn off your alarm, you're more likely to avoid hitting snooze. The more consistently you wake up earlier, the more tired you'll be at night—so your bedtime should naturally adjust. Bonus tip: leave a glass of water next to your alarm and immediately drink it after you shut your alarm off. This immediately re-hydrates and invigorates you!
2) Post your goals near your bed.
Your “whys” needs to be as solid as your “hows” and “whats.” Write down why exercise is important to you and what you're working toward, then post these reflections in areas of your home which get heavy a.m. traffic (e.g., bathroom, bedroom, kitchen).
3) Prepare your workout clothes and post-workout nutrition the night before.
It's easier to get your workout in when you wake up with your clothes laid out and your gym bag ready to go. Got a favorite gym playlist? Consider cueing it up in the morning to give you some extra motivation.
4) Recruit a workout buddy—or at least let someone know what you're up to.
Meeting a buddy at the gym, signing up for a class, or telling someone your goal to work out earlier can be just the kick-in-the-butt you need to get you out of bed.
5) Scale up.
It's more mentally appealing to build yourself up rather than set the bar too high and have to scale back. So, start with 1-2 morning workouts per week. If you dig it, feel free to add more.
Go ahead, get out of bed and get after it! Be to sure share this article with any of your gym buddies trying to establish a more active morning routine.