As the seasons change, the mornings get colder and stay darker. When the alarm goes off, it’s much easier to snooze the alarm instead of getting up and exercising. Learn how to get the motivation for exercise in the morning.
What can you do to get motivated for exercise that seemed so easy on summer mornings?
Get a good night’s sleep
Plan to have a good morning the night before.
- Keeping a consistent sleep plan.
- Improving the quiet environment of the bedroom.
- Establishing a calming routine before bed.
It is so much easier to wake up if you want to be well-rested.
Turn on the light when the alarm goes off, or install a timer that turns on a glow throughout the room. Wash your face immediately and have a small breakfast prepared and ready to use. Find out what motivates you to get out of bed and start in the morning. If you have any problems, setting more alarms and timed lights in different parts of your room is not extreme. Invest in an automatic coffee maker to make your morning java available when you walk out the door.
Plan your workouts (and stick to them)
Have a goal of 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. It can be 30 minutes five days a week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise once a week. So plan which days you will exercise, and stick to it. It can be tempting to leave it blank, but it is too easy to push for another day. Instead, plan which days you should get up early to exercise and which days you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast instead. By creating a consistent routine, you can stick to your commitments.
Switch it up
It’s easy to jump on the elliptical track at the gym every morning, especially if you have a favorite TV show on the show. But boredom in your early morning exercise routine is dangerous if you want to stick to the plan. When you get bored, you are more likely to quit or sustain an injury, according to the American Osteopathic Association. So look for a change in nature, get a good variety of cardio, weights, and stretches into your workouts, and compete against yourself.
Try different types of exercises. Jump in the pool, or get on the bike a few miles to give your muscles and brain something new to do. Also, check out a local gym’s class offer to see if you can try something exciting.
The best motivation for winter training comes straight from you. Good habits will be difficult, but that’s what makes them worth fighting. Define a compelling reason to get out of bed and get started on those cold mornings. Start by reading about the fantastic benefits exercise provides to your life. Keep a journal of how you feel after one hour after each session to convince yourself to defy the early morning workouts.
Consistent training allows you to maintain a healthy weight, strengthen muscles and bones and improve everything from your mood to your brainpower.
Waking up and getting started can be killer – significantly when the weather does not help to feel very bright and cheerful. You will feel so much better after you finish your workout. With a bit of care and a little creative motivation, you can keep up with early morning exercise and reap the benefits of activity all year long.
Why it’s good
You’ve enjoyed the benefits of your early morning exercise routine during the warmer months, and now that it’s getting more relaxed, you’ll have to fight a little harder to achieve the same consistency. Fortunately, when you implement these ideas, you will enjoy feeling even better about knowing the opportunities you have overcome to stay motivated.