I do the sleep in my clothes thing too, sometimes. Sometimes, I lay my socks across the buttons on the alarm clock so that I have to grab the socks to turn off the alarm. Sometimes, I call the dog & ask her if she wants to go for a walk, that makes it impossible to go back to sleep. There is a good article somewhere about only having so much motivation each day & exercising in the morning makes sure you have enough for the most important thing & it gives a feeling of success & accomplishment throughout the day instead of dreading something all day & it sapping your energy.
Fitness Minutes: (2,290)
161 3/25/12 3:28 P
I am a total night owl, but I found that having everything ready to go the night before and getting enough sleep helps me get up @ 5:00am for an early morning class...and probably the most important, just really wanting it....I haven't had many of these days in a row yet, but I so love how I feel on days that I do!
Fitness Minutes: (30,084)
115 3/23/12 11:45 P
My husband and I get up together to go for a run in the morning. We set our alarm clock across the room, to play really loud, really good music. When either of us is feeling like we just want to sleep in, the other person gets a pan and a spoon, and clang it around to get the other person to wake up. :-) Might sound childish, but it totally works. Plus, we race each other to the door to get out and on the move. We are both pretty competitive, so this actually helps the most I think.
Fitness Minutes: (171,515)
3,460 3/23/12 11:44 P
Put your workout clothes right beside your bed, have a DVD in the player ready to go. Maybe even prepare your breakfast the night before..
I do the workout clothes, too. Another method that really works for me is having a morning workout activity I really enjoy. For example, I have a Wii-Fit, and I love to do that first thing in the morning. Of course, I still pair it with going to the gym 3-4 times per week, but I find having something fun to do gets me excited about waking up early. Other things I have done are: making a delicious low-fat yogurt parfait to "reward" myself for working out; walking at sunrise; and dancing for a few minutes before working out to fun music I enjoy. If you can wake up to really fun music, it might encourage you to get up and dance instead of going back to sleep!
Personally I think this is just one of those things where you have to make up your mind that you WILL do it. Before you go to bed, lay out all your workout clothes (plus underwear and shoes), ready for the morning. Put your alarm clock across the room and set it at an ear-drum splitting level. When you get up to turn it off, this is where the self-discipline comes in. Do NOT get back in the bed. No matter what. (Unless you are so sick, you'd have to die to feel better.)
I love exercising in the morning. By the end of the day, I'm tired and hungry and just want to eat supper and throw down to watch the news. Exercising in the morning gives me energy, and a huge blast of "Go ME!!" All day long I feel good about how well I've started out my day.
Fitness Minutes: (530)
12 3/21/12 7:45 P
I need help with this one... I have tried going to bed early, tried having someone call me when they wake up, tried putting my alarm clear across the room..... I'm just at a loss... I find that evening workouts just don't happen after work because I'm ready to go home and relax after 8 hours. Also if I do workout in the evening, I get too much energy to sleep.
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