The Motivation To Exercise Before Work
It’s been said countless times, “The best time to workout is in the morning.” But what if you’re not a morning person or already have to get to work before dawn?
Morning exercise motivation
Morning is considered the best time to work out for numerous reasons, including ayurvedic (in Ayurveda, prime time for fitness is between 4 – 6 am).
There’s also the fact that for most people, the morning is simply quieter and you have less distractions.
If you’d like to become a morning gym goer, there are a few techniques that can help.
Better your sleep hygiene
The majority of Americans don’t get enough sleep according to the National Sleep Foundation, and this will inherently work against you when it comes to waking up earlier.
Adopting better sleep hygiene includes a lot more than getting your ideal number of hours of sleep, but that’s a start. Ideally, you should wake up naturally without an alarm. Eight hours is just the average, and some people need more or less.
Sleep hygiene can also include avoiding looking at a screen at least two hours before bed, establishing a sleep ritual (such as a hot bath or decaf tea), and making sure the bedroom is around 65 degree, dark, and quiet.
Aside from sleep hygiene, consider investing into a high quality mattress. This will not only help you get the proper rest you need after a long day (and workout), it can also be a great boost for your overall health, as the quality of sleep is increased.
Ask for help if needed
Some future gym-goers need medical help to optimize their fitness, and it all starts with asking.
When you find the medically assisted help you need, suddenly getting that morning workout in gets a lot easier.
Other forms of help, such as a personal trainer who will hold you accountable for morning sessions or working with a dietician, can also be beneficial. Build your dream team to give you the support you deserve.
Workout closer to home
If going to the gym entails a long commute, it’s no wonder you find it difficult to workout. Choose a gym that’s a short drive, or do your workouts at home.
It’s easy and affordable to build a home gym with minimal equipment, such as bands for strength training or a free online yoga class. If you’re going the personal trainer route, have them come to your home.
Cardio from brisk walks to running and cycling require no gym membership. There’s no reason the gym can’t be in or very close to your own home.
Create an inspiring morning routine
What will motivate you as soon as you wake up? Maybe it’s a brief meditation session to set your intentions for the day or swapping out that first cup of coffee for warm lemon water (which kickstarts the metabolism).
Morning routines are just as important as bedtime rituals. Just make sure you don’t check email or get distracted with other tasks when you should be getting into gym mode.
Sleep in most of your gym clothes
Most gym clothes can easily double as sleepwear, such as those stretchy pants and tank top. However, women won’t want to sleep in sports bras and there might be other details that aren’t comfortable for sleep.
Part of sleep hygiene is being comfortable and cuing your brain that these clothes mean sleep. On the other hand, it’s a lot easier to get into gym mode when you’re largely dressed for it as soon as you wake up.
With a few adjustments (or removal of clothing items), much of your gym gear can easily double as sleepwear and will help you get ready faster.
Finish usual morning tasks the night before
Whether it’s packing lunches for the kids or scooping the litter box, ask yourself what tasks you can finish the night before so you won’t be tempted to get distracted in the morning.
If you don’t like sleeping in gym clothes, you can even put those clothes out the night before. The goal is to remain focused in the morning with minimal excuses for not making it to the gym.
Park in the garage or warm up the car if that’s an option
In the winter months, it can be challenging simply to get out the door. Who wants to be scraping snow off the windshield at 5 am? If you have a garage or carpark, use it and find another spot for storage.
If you can warm up your car remotely, do it as soon as you wake up.
Avoid phone distractions until after the gym
Don’t get caught up on scrolling through social media or checking your email until you’ve finished at the gym. This can be a tough one, but it’s vital for many.
The hardest part of any workout is simply getting there. This is doubly true in winter months or during times of high stress. However, a morning workout can get your adrenaline pumping and reduce stress before your day even gets started. There’s no better way to start your morning and set your mood for the rest of the day.
If you can get through a morning workout, you can do anything.
As a bonus “must,” there’s one task you can do in the morning if you’re the last person out of bed: make the bed.
It’s been shown that this simple move can set the standard for the rest of the day.
Plus, when it’s made, there’s little risk that you’ll crawl back in it.
So, are you ready to take on the day and exercise before work?