Not everyone is an early morning person and for many, the thought of getting up at the crack of dawn to work out is not ideal. But, in order to progress and to push the boundaries of what we thought possible we often have to do things that we don’t necessarily want to do.
Getting your work out done and dusted first thing in the morning is a pretty good habit to get into.
Well firstly, if you workout first thing, you have less chance of talking yourself out of working out later in the day, I mean we are all guilty of this!
Decision fatigue is a real life issue and it essentially means that as the day progresses and the more choices we have had to make, the more likely we are to make the wrong choices later on in the day. The idea is that our brain is so frazzled from the day to day decision making process that it eventually loses it capacity to reason and will go with the easiest option. For many, this will mean opting out of a planned workout.
Then of course there are other things to distract you – friends who want to meet up, kids that need feeding, partners that need tending to. These sort of life activities are much more likely to occur later in the day and interrupt your schedule.
Then, consider the fact that by the end of the day, we are often so drained that the thought of working out is the last thing we feel like doing. If you’ve had a tough day in the office or looking after the kids, the last thing sometimes you want to do is workout.
Lastly, getting active first thing is a sure fire way to feel energised and ready to take on anything that life throws at you. An early morning surge of endorphins will help you feel far more alert and positive as you start your day.
But, what if you’re not an early morning kind of girl, (I'm not, I love my sleep!) how then do you go about making the transition?
Here are some 4 tips to help you get your butt out of bed.
1. Lay your kit out
A good idea is to have your workout gear already laid out. When your alarm does go off, having your kit already to go makes it that little bit harder to back out of your commitment to yourself. It makes life that little easier and less stressful by not having to rummage through your wardrobe first thing.
2. Make music your alarm
Make music your alarm. Waking up to an uplifting song that makes you feel energised is a great way to wake feeling excited to get moving. Make sure you change the song every week or you’ll learn to hate it and will defeat the point.
3. Drink water
Thirdly, drink some ice cold water and lemon as soon as you get up. It’s a quick and easy way to make you feel more alert and ready to take on the day. You can find out why it's important to stay hydrated here.
4. Find an accountability partner
Fourthly, get an accountability partner such as a friend who you work out with or personal trainer (shameless self plug?!) so that backing out is not an option. Investing in someone to keep you on track is something that many people consider a luxury and although you may think you can do the whole get fit thing alone, it’s worthwhile having someone to keep you on track.
Whilst a good personal trainer will be able to give you the tools and methods for upleveling your fitness, a great personal trainer should also be the motivation you need to keep up with your fitness regime when it feels like the last thing you want to be doing (i.e during those early morning sessions).
Set yourself the challenge of getting up a bit earlier for the next week and see if you can fit in a workout before your day begins. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing and in fact, a quick HIIT workout first thing can be a great way to kickstart your metabolism, and for that you don't even have to leave your house, the living room, kitchen or garden will do the trick.
Let me know how you are getting on by snapping your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #ATFitties.