I used to be an avid morning workout person. I used to wake up before anyone else in the house and get my workout done before starting my day.
Now, with all the life changes, moving, finding a new workout area in our new home, and everything else, morning workouts have been pushed back a few hours. I still try my best to get them don’t first thing in the morning… but it’s not as easy as it once was.
In the old house, my workout room was in my basement, away from everyone, and so it was super easy to slip down there and get my workout complete without disturbing the house. However, now, my workout room is in our master bedroom sitting area which makes for a more difficult time if and when the hubby is sleeping from working overnight.
Then one day of not getting it done early and I’m all off track.
Maybe once school starts again for the kiddos and the hubby’s new work schedule calms down a little bit, I’ll be able to get back into them to get my day started. I can also try and figure out a way to utilize my new office as a workout space for when he is sleeping a little later than normal.
With all that being said, I still love my morning workouts because I feel like it sets the tone for my day. I get up, and move my body before getting stuck in the rut and monotony of the day and it ends up getting away from me.
Today I wanted to share with you a few easy morning workout hacks that I developed over the years to help me get up and at ’em before the rest of the house was even awake.
Get Enough Sleep
Sounds simple right? Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to get the recommended amount of sleep. Then when your alarm goes off in the morning you hit snooze instead of getting up and miss your workout.
If you know you go to bed too late, try going to bed just 15 minutes earlier each night for a while until you hit your target sleep time. After a while your body will be accustomed to going to sleep earlier so you can wake up earlier.
You can also try creating a bedtime routine that tells your body it’s time to start winding down and getting ready for sleep. Drink some warm tea, read a couple chapters of a good book, or meditating can help.
Lay Out Clothes the Night Before
Before I had a bigger closet, I would pull out my workout outfit for the day and set it on the bathroom counter. As soon as I got up and went to the bathroom I would just change and then head downstairs. No more rummaging in the dresser or closet for my clothes.
Now, however, I hang all my workout clothes together – top and bottom – on the same hanger and have a basket of my sports bras right next to it so I just grab what’s on the top and I’m ready to go.
Schedule Your Coffee Maker
Scheduling my coffee is just part of my nighttime routine now and has become second nature. Knowing that it’s already ready for me as soon as I walk into the kitchen without me having to make it makes it much easier to get out of bed.
Keep Yourself Accountable
This can be in the form of a workout buddy – virtual or in person, or a workout group on Facebook, or a class that you schedule at the gym first thing in the morning.
It’s harder to cancel on a friend if you know you are their accountability partner.
Download a New Playlist
I started using the app FitRadio when workout out and I love it so much. They have pre-made playlists with different BPM for the different types of workout you are doing. They also have all the different genres of songs so you can switch up your playlist everyday if you need it.
There’s also a bunch of pre-made playlists that you can search for on Spotify or similar streaming services if you choose. Or spend a couple hours on Sunday making a new playlist for the week ahead.
Workout At Home
I started working out at home almost 10 years ago now and I haven’t looked back since. It’s just so much easier with my schedule and the kids.
Time in the morning is valuable trying to get kids up, ready, lunches packed, and to school on time and I can’t waste it driving to the gym.
Walking 5 seconds into my home gym is just so much better, easier, and I get just as great of a workout.
Setting yourself up for success in the morning is a great way to help set the tone for the day. Try some of these tricks and see if they work for you!
What are some others you use that help you get up and crush your morning workout?