There are numerous advantages to working out right when you wake up. Not only does it give you energy for the rest of your day, but you get it over and done with, which frees up your evenings for other activities. For some people, popping out of bed at 5 a.m. to hit the gym is no big deal. If that’s not you, but you’d like it to be, there’s hope. Here are five easy strategies to make it a little easier:
1. A LITTLE PREP GOES A LONG WAY
Train yourself to get up early by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. This will help reset your body’s schedule. Aim for a bedtime that is early enough to allow you to get at least seven hours of sleep. If you still find yourself feeling groggy when you get up, have all your workout gear laid out ahead of time. It’s one less thing to think about and it’ll help get you out the door faster. Splashing your face with cold water can also help pull you out of your morning fog.
2. SLEEP TIGHT
Getting quality sleep can make it less challenging to get out of bed every morning. You can improve the quality of your sleep by exercising regularly, avoiding naps, keeping your room as dark as possible when you’re sleeping and engaging in some sort of relaxing bedtime ritual every night before you hop in bed. You may also want to consider taking a melatonin supplement to support restful sleep.
3. POWER UP WITH A LIQUID BREAKFAST
Consider a low-calorie protein shake with caffeine right when you wake up to give yourself energy, keep you feeling full and help you get the most out of your workout.
4. BRING THE HEAT WITH THERMOGENICS
Have you considered thermogenic pre-workout supplements? While the name may sound intimidating, these supplements are simple and effective. They work by increasing body temperature to boost metabolism and energy levels. In addition to waking you up and providing you with the early-morning energy you need, they can also increase the number of calories you burn.
5. SAVE YOURSELF A TRIP
Ditch the gym altogether and work out at home. Not having to leave your apartment saves you time and makes the whole process a little less daunting and may make you less likely to flake. Thanks to the countless content streaming options available these days, you don’t even need to own a workout DVD to exercise in your own home.