Tips to create that morning routine

RISE AND SHINE, IT’S EXERCISE TIME!

I’ve heard a lot of people complain about morning routines, well, guess what? I was one of those people too. And now it’s one of the best parts of my day – and week. I’ll admit that getting out of bed in the dark and cold isn’t always the easiest. And yes, I know, it’s easier said than done, I can’t really express how difficult it was for me to wake up in the morning to exercise. It took me months to transition from an evening exerciser to working out in the morning. But the feeling of accomplishment after? The boost of confidence knowing that you already rocked a workout no matter what the day throws at you? Well, that’s just priceless. So if you’d like to start working out in the morning but haven’t quite figured out how to actually get out of bed when the alarm goes off, read on!

1. Ensure your morning is quick.

Working out in the morning has to be as effortless as possible, and you want it to be as easy as possible to get out the door. So lay your workout clothes out the night before, have your bottle of water ready, brush your teeth, lace up your running shoes and get going. Do nothing but the bare minimum. Ideally, it should only take you 5 to 10 minutes to get ready.

2. Do what’s necessary to wake up.

I usually set my alarm across my room so I literally need to get up and walk to my alarm instead of it being in bed. Then, once you’re up, flip on the lights. Turn on some fun music to get you pumped. And, of course, be sure to warm up before working out in the morning. March in place or do some jumping jacks — gotta get that blood pumping before you really get moving, Ya feel me?

3. Start off easy

Give yourself some different routines for different days, after your warm-up you can consider doing cardio, abs, legs and arms. I started with Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday doing morning runs and Monday & Thursday doing in door exercises. When I say In door, I do not mean next to your bed vibe, try find a spot where you leave your equipment and get a “working out mentality”, this can be outside or in the TV room when it’s too cold outside. If you’re not running make sure that your in-door workout lasts at least an hour.

4. Have a few nibbles to eat and hydrate

and promise yourself a delicious breakfast when you get back. Trust me eating too much before a workout isn’t great, but you will feel better if you eat something, you don’t want to feel dizzy while you doing your workout. I like half of a protein bar or half of a peanut butter sandwich. Get something in your belly and then drink a cup or two of cold water. This will get your metabolism going, give your body fuel for working out in the morning and generally make you feel like more of a human. During your workout, plan what tasty and warm breakfast you’ll make when you’re done. I can’t tell you how many times the reward of hot coffee and granola got me picking up my pace on a cold morning.

5. Make it a non-negotiable.

BOY OH BOY, snooze button was tots my best friend and it looks really good and so easy to press. It’s not the end of the world to snooze, I have done it but make sure after that 10 or 15 min of snoozing you wake up!! While I like to hit the snooze button on the weekends, I have a strict no-snooze rule when it comes to early morning workout days. We’re not about hard and fast rules, but when it comes to this one, getting up and out of bed is the hardest part of working out in the morning, so procrastinating doesn’t do anything but make it more likely that you’ll go back to bed, try and push yourself, by mentally preparing yourself the night before.

6. Try get a workout buddy.

Ya’ll know how much better is it to work out with a buddy? Well, the same rule applies to early morning workouts. It gives you someone to look forward to seeing. Yes, even at 5:30 a.m. Some of my very favourite workout memories are from early mornings.

7. DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP.

I always tell myself that the next day I will give it my all tomorrow. That’s what counts.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF & YOU WILL BE AMAZING.

Joy x