Morning workouts aren’t only convenient (early mornings are often the only free time available for some people), but these activities also let you start your day out on the right foot. In fact, exercising in the a.m. kick starts your metabolism so you can more readily digest the food you eat during the day, personal trainer Monica Nelson explained to Women’s Health Magazine. That being said, leaving the warmth of your bed isn’t exactly a walk in the park, even if that’s where you’re heading. Motivate yourself to get moving in the morning with these three tips:
1. Set out your clothes the night before
Even the smallest hurdles, like digging through your dresser to find yoga pants, can make getting out of bed more difficult. Remove this excuse to climb back under the covers altogether by setting out your clothes the night before. Include every piece of your outfit, all the way down to the undergarments so you feel fully prepared to tackle your morning workout.
Bonus tip: Stylish new workout gear may prove to be a great motivator.
2. Move your alarm clock away from your bed
If you have a tendency to just hit the snooze button and roll back over onto your pillow, don’t place your alarm clock on the nightstand. Instead, position it on a dresser or chair out of your arm’s reach so you have to actually get out of bed to turn it off. Besides, hitting the snooze button isn’t good for you anyway.
During that extra 10 minutes or so in bed, you enter a deep stage of sleep but don’t complete it by the time the alarm goes off again. Abruptly disturbing the sleep cycle in this way causes sleep inertia – that feeling of extreme grogginess after waking up – which can last for two to four hours, according to research in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Ultimately, the snooze button may make your workout much harder to complete.
Bonus tip: Use your phone as your alarm so late-night emails or text messages will be out of your reach, too.
3. Reward yourself
When you get back from your workout, unwind by using your personal massager. Knowing you’ll come home to the relaxing effects of this incentive may make getting out the door all that much easier. Additionally, a warm, nutritious breakfast, such as a veggie-packed omelet or fruit-topped oatmeal, can serve as a delicious reward that also keeps you on the right healthy track.
Bonus tip: Put your Moji PRO personal massager in the freezer before you workout to give yourself a soothing ice massage when you’re done.