Morning workout routines are the last thing on your mind as you wake up.
I used to think like that too until I came across an article by the Huffington Post. A morning workout can help with cravings (needed help with that one!), frees your day since the workout is taken care of early on, increases your energy levels and jolts your brain with less caffeine.
If doing a workout in the morning can free up your social life for activities in the evening, provide you more energy and improve your overall day, what’s to lose? I put together a list of 100+ bodyweight exercises, so you don’t even have to go to the gym, saving you time as well.
In this article, I’m going to provide step-by-step instructions how you can add a few life hacks to your morning workout routine to get started. Let’s go!
Step #1 Prepare Your Morning Workout Routine the Night Before
The first thing you need to do is get any obstacles out of the way. A morning workout can be done in less time if you just prepare for it. Here are a few suggestions:
- Go to sleep in your workout clothes – for many this concept is a game changer!
- Have your exercise plan at the ready in your workout space (here’s an example):
- Get to bed early enough to provide 8 hours of sleep
- Pull out any equipment you’ll use before bedtime. Make the path to success as easy as possible for the next morning.
- Set two alarms and put one next to your foam roller (see below).
Step #2 Make Stretching Part of Your Morning Workout
Getting a good stretch in before your morning workout not only gets the yawns out of the way but helps get your breathing and blood flowing. A few more suggestions:
- A foam roller is a great way to wake the morning bones up.
- Resistance bands are another way to stretch for roughly five minutes before exercise.
- More stretches can be found here in our free exercise video.
Step #3 Reward Yourself to Celebrate the Small Wins and Develop New Morning Workout Habits
Developing habits takes anywhere from 21 days or more. One strategy to make this a daily pattern is to reward yourself as a small win for each workout completed. Start with a simple workout like the one pictured above. Make it attainable for easier compliance long-term.
- For every 15-20 minutes of workout time, add a dollar to a jar.
- Add five dollars extra for each week you complete five days in a row.
- In ten weeks time (or less), you’ll have $100 you can use to buy a reward, like a new piece of workout equipment or clothing.
A morning workout routine doesn’t have to be hard to find the time for. Create the time by going to bed a little earlier to wake up a little earlier. Remember these easy steps to make the new morning workout habit stick:
- Get everything put out the night before and wear what you’ll be working out in as your sleep clothing.
- Use the first five minutes to get the cobwebs out of your head and body by stretching.
- Reward yourself with consistent efforts. Results don’t come overnight but through repeated actions. Plant your tree today so that it may bear fruit in the near future.