Rise and shine, time to hit the gym.. if only it were that easy. We all know that in order to reach our fitness goals, we need to consistently work out. The challenge many people have is getting themselves to the gym, especially in the morning.
It would be great if your work out can be any time during the day but if you have work or school and hate working out a night, then doing it in the morning might be your only option. Make no mistake, it’s not the easiest thing to do. The average person can’t do it, at least not consistently.
Fortunately, you’re not average… unless you allow yourself to be. If you want to reach your fitness goals, you’re going to have to throw away your excuses and take charge of your mind and body. You will tell it what to do, not the other way around.
Before getting into some specific tips, watch this motivational video. If it helps, you might not even need to read the rest of the article.
So how do you get the motivation to get up in the morning to go work out?
If you’re struggling with this, then chances are, you’re just starting out with your workout regimen. In other words, hitting the gym at the start of the day isn’t yet a habit for you. The good news is that if you can keep up with your morning workout schedule long enough, it will form into a habit at which point will make going to the gym early in the morning a whole lot easier.
The challenge then is getting to the point where it becomes a habit. Here are a few tips that can help:
1. Will Power
Whenever you have to rely on will power to do something, know that it will only last so long before you’ll mentally run out of juice. Some mornings, nothing you try will work except just willing yourself to get to the gym. Keeping the idea that every time you actually succeed in getting yourself to the gym in the morning, the habit of going will become stronger. This will help force yourself to go regardless of how you feel.
2. Buddy Up
Find someone who is committed to working out in the morning with you. If you have someone waiting for you at the gym, you’re more inclined to go because you don’t want to disappoint them. If you can find someone you actually like spending time with, it’ll help you look forward to going to the gym.
3. Set Yourself Up for Success
People will use the silliest reasons to stay in bed instead of going to the gym such as not being able to find matching socks. If things like this is what sometimes stops you, a solution is to prepare everything you need the night before so all you have to do is wake up, wash up, change, and go.
Have your workout clothes and gym bag ready. Make it as convenient as you can. Remember, we tend to think differently when we’re just waking up and feeling sleepy. You may be motivated the night before but once that alarm goes off, your mind will try to find as many excuses not to get up and work out as it can so your job is to eliminate those excuses.
Too cold to get up? Wear extra clothing when you sleep or turn on the heater to room up your room. It’s all about preparation.
4. Don’t Think, Just Go
I’m sure you’ve had this happen to you: The alarm goes off and instead of getting up and out of bed, you hit the snooze button and the next thing you know, you’re having a debate with yourself about whether you should go to the gym or not. The longer you stay in bed, the better the idea of skipping your workout will seem.
The solution to this is to quickly get up and get ready to work out. Your brain won’t have time to come up with good excuses if your body is already in motion. Moving faster will help warm your body up and give you the momentum to continue your morning journey to the gym.
Your mind can be very convincing so don’t even give it a chance to reason you out of working out.
5. Use Music
Instead of the annoying alarm beeping sound, wake up to your favorite motivation song instead. There are alarm clocks that will allow you to do this. The right music can inject you with a surge of energy, enough for you to feel super motivated to get to the gym and have an awesome workout.
6. Wake Up at the Same Time Each Day
Assuming you’re getting enough sleep each night, getting yourself to wake up at the same time each day, even on weekends and non-workout days, will make waking up for your morning workouts a lot easier. We all have an internal clock that allows us to train ourselves to wake up at a certain time each day and it works best if you do this every day, not just on days you’re supposed to.
How to Make Working Out in the Morning Easy?
As mentioned earlier, if you can get yourself to consistently work out in the morning long enough, eventually it will become a habit. Once this happens, you won’t need much motivation to work out. It’ll almost be as easy as brushing your teeth in the morning.
How long will it take for the habit to form? This will vary from person to person but in general, it will take at least 21 days. Just so you don’t get disappointed, aim to keep up your routine for at least 2-3 months. Although that might sound like a long time, you need to think of the incredible benefits of doing this.
One, you will be closer to your fitness goals. Two, once the habit is formed, getting up to work out in the morning will be 100 times easier.
Let’s put it this way: Working out consistently for 3 months is HARDER than consistently working out for 1 year.
Why? Because the first few months will take lots of will power and mental strength. After those first few months, when the habit is formed, continuing will be easy. If you’ve been working out for 5 years straight, will it be hard to go another year? Probably not.
Bottom line: Do whatever you have to in order to get to that 3 month mark in order to make it a habit. It’ll change your life.
It might take as little as 21 days but just to be sure, plan on 3 months.