Besides the obvious benefits of getting your sweat session out of the way in the morning—you don’t need to shower (or stay stinky) mid-day, your evenings are free, and the mood boost from endorphins powers you up better than a triple-shot latte—new research suggests that working out on an empty stomach (ie before breakfast) may lead to more weight loss. Sounds great, right? The only downside…actually getting out of bed early enough to work out. Convinced that dawn is the best time to get pumped, we share some helpful tips on rising and shining.
Find Friends (and make friends with coffee)
It’s important to find people to meet up with—and don’t let them down! Create accountability for yourself. Honest Training’s Paisley Meekin calls it creating multiple layers of accountability… people, money, and incentives for yourself. It helps to sign up for a class with a friend so you won’t let each other down—and maybe set your coffee maker the night before so the aroma of freshly brewed coffee helps you take that first critical step out of bed!
Put your intentions (and Rewards) on Paper
Write down your exercise motivation along with the time of your workout. Ask yourself, how do you feel on those days you get up and head to a circuit, spin class, or a run? How do you feel when you don’t? Schedule in your planner that you will get up at a given time in order to be a happier (calmer, more patient, etc) person. It helps to see it in writing!
Get Ready the Night Before
With some preparation and planning, you can make getting up in the morning easier by getting ready the night before. Lay out all of your workout clothes and have a water bottle already filled in your gym bag. Also, gather any toiletries and work clothes the night before so you can shower and get ready at your gym or work, if necessary. Don’t forget the towel! Need breakfast after your workout? Make your post-workout snack or shake the night before so you can have it on your way to work.
Go to Bed, already!
A regular sleep routine is vital to any plan that requires waking up early. Avoid sabotaging your good workout habits with fatigue from lack of a good night’s rest, and try to keep the amount of sleep the same. For example, if you are used to getting seven hours of sleep a night, go to bed an hour earlier to account for waking up an hour earlier to work out.