Learning to love a morning workout may sound impossible, but with a bit of planning and self-trickery you can get there faster than you think. While there is no scientific proof that an early morning workout is better for you than a late afternoon one, anyone that has gotten some exercise in before their breakfast can attest to the immense emotional and psychological benefits it engenders.

A morning workout wakes you up, improves your confidence and can actually help you make better eating choices throughout the day. Convinced yet? Here are five tips to getting out of bed and starting to love that morning  workout energy boost!

1. Push Yourself Into A Routine

After you do something for a week or two, you will most likely discover that it’s no longer “difficult” but just something that you start to expect. Obviously we are creatures of habit and we love a routine. So make that work to your advantage and create one for your morning workouts.

A good way to motivate yourself for the first week or two might be to give yourself a little treat after your workout–maybe some breakfast chocolate will do the trick? Or maybe you can treat yourself to some fancy coffee? Whatever it is that gets you excited, the promise of it after a workout will get you moving until that movement itself becomes the reward.

2. Set Realistic Goals

Okay, you are up and ready to go, but that doesn’t mean you are excited about it right away. If you haven’t worked out in a while or ever, an exercise routine can seem daunting and impossible. So start small.

There are literally hundreds of short, easy workouts to get you going and to improve your self-confidence. There is even a seven-minute workout for those of us that just cannot commit to waking up much earlier than they have to. Once you know you actually can do it, you can move on to the more challenging stuff!

3. Get Everything Ready The Night Before

Let’s face it, it can be a lot more fun planning your workout than actually getting up to do it. Right when you are excited and pumped about all the calories you are going to burn the next morning, make sure to prep everything so that the only thing you have to worry about when you wake up is actually burning those calories.

That means get your sweet new workout outfit ready to go, figure out the most heart-pumpingly awesome playlist and plan your super healthy breakfast. Your morning will be that much easier and your workout that much more satisfying with all of these details in place.

4. Get a Buddy

This one works like a charm. If you can find someone to join you in your morning workout you will slack off a whole lot less. Maybe never. Both you and your gym buddy might be tempted to hit the snooze button, but knowing the other one is waiting will shame you into getting up and pushing yourself to be productive.

5. Track Your Progress

The best way to motivate yourself is optimism and what is more satisfying than knowing you are actually getting something done? Whether that’s losing a quarter of a pound or burning a certain amount of calories, keeping track can be the very thing that keeps you going longer, stronger and excited to keep waking up at the crack of dawn.

Tracking can take various forms–if you are a tech junkie it might mean getting a fitness tracker for your wrist, or if you are more low-tech, you can always just write your successes down in your calendar until you have a whole page of awesome facing you every day!

So there you have it, five ways to start getting yourself out of bed and in great shape. Morning workouts, here you come! Want more tips and tricks to get your fitness routine started? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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