Starting a fitness routine itself is a huge accomplishment. It can be a difficult thing to start, especially if you have been mostly sedentary in the past. I’ve been there. It took me quite a while to find my perfect fitness routine and the right time of day to do it. I’m far from a morning person but exercising first thing in the morning is ideal for me. For many of us, working out in the morning is the best time to get it out of the way, and makes us more likely to exercise.
For me, starting a morning exercise fitness regime wasn’t the hardest part. It’s sticking with the routine. It’s easy to hit snooze and keep sleeping rather than getting up to move your body. When I’m floundering, I try to remember some of the benefits of my morning exercise routine.
Exercising in the morning makes the gene programs in muscle cells more capable of metabolizing fat and sugar.
Energy levels stay higher throughout the day.
Physical exercise in the morning can help manage stress throughout the day due to endorphins, which are feel-good chemicals.
Pride and feeling of accomplishment. Feeling accomplished in the morning can lead to higher productivity throughout the day.
Now that you know how morning exercise can benefit you, let’s talk about ways to maintain your morning exercise routine. It might be exciting at first and your motivation may be high. Most of us, including myself, can find ourselves tiring of the routine and losing motivation. The following are a few ways to keep up your morning workout momentum.
Rewarding yourself occasionally can help you feel more motivated to workout in the morning. The reward itself can be whatever suits you. Whether it’s a mani-pedi, or new clothes, rewarding yourself from time to time can help keep things going.
Even though I work out at home, I like to wear cute workout gear. I feel more motivated when I feel and look the part. When I’m in a bit of a slump, I will reward myself with some new workout clothes. This doesn’t have to be expensive. It can simply be a coffee or tea drink from your favorite coffee shop.
Plan it Out
I actually didn’t begin scheduling my workouts until a few months ago. I find that it helps me stick to my morning workout schedule. It also makes things easier as I don’t have to wonder what I’m doing each day. I personally use Evernote to track my workouts. But, you can use just about anything, including a blank piece of paper or Google calendar. Every Sunday I plan out my workouts for the week and it absolutely helps me stay on track.
Removing the obstacles to working out each morning is a great way to be a consistent morning exerciser. As I have insomnia and I’m always groggy from sleep medication in the morning, the very last thing I feel like doing is exercising, even though I enjoy exercising. Thus, I make sure that I put out my workout clothing the night before, along with anything else that I need. When I wake up in the morning, the very first thing I do is change into my exercise clothing. Eliminate the obstacles that could keep you from completing a workout in the morning.
One way to keep doing those morning workouts is to utilize outside motivation. This can mean having a walking buddy or taking workout classes with friends.
When I’m in a slump, I often set up a walking date around a pretty lake or we take a class together. Being accountable to someone else can help you work through your workout slumps.
Make it Fun
An excellent way to keep yourself on track with your morning workouts is to make things fun and change them up regularly. For me, swimming is my favorite exercise. I grew up in the pool and at the ocean so I make sure to regularly swim during the hot months, which means about six months a year in Austin, Texas.
I used to take a hip hop dance class a few years ago and it was a blast. If you like dancing, try taking a class. If you have fun hula hooping, taking yoga classes, or taking your exercise outside, add a little whimsy to your morning workout. Exercise can be fun!