How to Motivate Yourself to Get Up and Workout in the Morning

How to Motivate Yourself to Get Up and Workout in the Morning

Getting up early to workout before heading off to run errands, go to work, and do everything else your life requires of you is hard. It can be even harder, though, to motivate yourself to workout when you get home from work. You may start your days off with every intention of hitting the gym or going for a run after you get off work. Then you get home and sit down for just a minute, but a minute becomes an hour. Then you need to make dinner. They have some take-home work to do. The kids need help with homework. Sound familiar?

Some people successfully make time to exercise after work, but it’s actually a lot harder to do than getting up in the morning and working out before you get your day started. Beginning the day with an energy-boosting workout is great for your productivity and demeanor, too. So how can you motivate yourself to get up and and workout in the morning?

Plan Ahead

Lay your clothes and gear out before you go to bed. I’ve known moms who actually sleep in their workouts clothes! Not necessary, but if you at least have your clothes and shoes sitting out by your bed, you’ll be able to sleep a few more minutes and not fumble around in the dark looking for socks. Once you’ve gotten changed into your workout clothes, and you have everything ready to go, there’s no excuse at all. Get moving!

No matter how well intentioned you are, “Just 5 more minutes” usually turns into 10, 15, 20, and more. Before you know it, you’ve slept through your workout time. When the alarm goes off, don’t let yourself doze off again. I put my alarm (my phone) in the bathroom so that when it goes off I have to actually get up out of bed to turn it off.

Think About How You’ll Feel When You’re Finished

No one LOVES getting up at 5:00 a.m., but what you will come to love is the feeling of accomplishment you have when you’ve already taken care of you before breakfast. Think about that feeling when you’re wiping the sleep from your eyes. Forget how you feel in that moment and focus on how you’ll feel when you’re finished.

After a three weeks of following these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to forming a great morning workout habit. I promise it gets easier but you have to give it time to become a habit before giving up!