We know how hard it is to wake up earlier than you “technically” have to. You want to sleep for those extra 30 minutes or hour. You strike a bargain with yourself, promising that you’ll exercise as soon as you get home from work. Well…maybe after you sit down and watch a little t.v. to unwind…Oh! And there’s that laundry to fold…hmmm, maybe the workout will have to be put off until tomorrow morning…
Does any of that sound familiar to you?
After many, many years of trial-and-error, we’ve realized that, for most people, if they don’t work out in the morning, there’s a 99.9% chance that they will not be exercising that day at all.
You go-go-go all day and by the time you get home you are done-done done. The couch is calling your name and you are listening to it’s sweet siren song.
Or you have kids and homework, or dinner and errands, the list goes on-and-on. Our lives are just that busy!
So, do it in the morning. It is worth sacrificing a little sleep to meet your goals.
But what if you are not exactly what could be described as a “morning person”? We know people (ahem…the author of this article) that definitely require coffee and at least 30 minutes after they wake up before they should even be permitted to speak to another human being.
If that sounds like you, build that 30-minute de-groggification (definitely not a word) time into your morning workout schedule. Set not one, but two, alarms on your phone in case you
deliberately somehow sleep through the first one. And when they go off, drag yourself to the kitchen for your “wake-up juice”. It will really only hurt for a minute.
You will never regret getting up early to work out; the rest of the day will be gravy after that.
1. Auto-set your coffeemaker if you have the fancy kind that will do that for you. The smell of coffee brewing will help to wake you up.
2. Put your alarm far enough away that you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Don’t hit snooze! Don’t throw your alarm at the wall.
3. Keep some water next to the bed and drink it even before you get your coffee. It will energize you (and help to flush that yucky morning breath out of your mouth).
4. Lay out your workout clothes the night before so you don’t have to figure out what to wear in the morning. Sleep in them if you can stand sleeping in a sports bra.
5. Stretch in bed to get your muscles warmed up and ready to work.
6. Tell yourself you just have to do 15 minutes. That’s not too daunting. Chances are you’ll end up exercising for longer, but thinking “just 15 minutes” will trick your reluctant brain into getting out of bed.
Best of luck to you in your efforts to get up and get your workout on. Your Genetix Coach will help motivate you to make whatever healthy lifestyle choices are necessary for you to achieve your weight loss goals. You can do it and we can help!