Becoming a morning workout person is not hard when you develop a habit of exercising in the morning. When you are first starting to exercise in the morning, you will struggle a little bit but if you give some effort you can become a morning workout person within a few weeks.
With proper planning and system in place, it will become easier for you to workout in the morning.
You need to fix a few things if you want to become a morning workout person.
Read on if you want to change your habits and make morning workouts a daily habit.
This is how you become a morning workout person
To become a morning workout person, first, you need to have a fixed time for three things – your sleeping time, wake-up time and your workout. Having a fixed time for these three things will help you make working out in the morning a daily habit. And when you get used to exercising in the morning – you will automatically do your workouts with minimum effort.
For some people, it’s hard to wake up early in the morning for a morning workout. But the real thing is you don’t need to wake up early when you are just starting.
When you are first starting to build morning workout as a daily habit – you need to keep things easy and simple.
First, you need to make sure you are getting enough sleep. Then you need to form a habit of waking up at a fixed time. Then you need to get used to doing some exercises in the morning that you can do without putting in much effort.
If you do these for a few days – exercising in the morning will become normal for you.
It’s said that habits are formed after daily repetition of 22-24 days. So, you need to commit yourself to exercise in the morning for 24 days. If you manage to exercise in the morning for 45 days straight, you will see exercising in the morning become your new daily habit.
Tips to wake up in the morning for your morning workout
Many people find it hard to wake up in the morning and workout. Because generally, they do one or two mistakes. First, they want to wake up very early in the morning than they usually do. And second, they try to do a workout that requires a lot of energy.
When you are first starting you need to start small and build up from there.
Here are a few tips if you want to do things the right way and become a morning workout person:
You need to make lifestyle changes
After having a proper amount of sleep, you can easily wake up in the morning without feeling sleepy. So, first, you need to commit to going to bed at a fixed time.
If you use social media or watch tv before you sleep – you are exposing your eyes to blue lights. Exposing yourself to blue lights from your phones and tv can make it harder for you to sleep early. Also, it will take you longer to fall asleep.
So, you need to make sure that 40-60 minutes before you go to sleep, you use minimum amount of phone and tv.
If you find it hard to fall asleep, you can do a relaxing activity for 10-15 minutes before you go to sleep. This can simply be reading a few pages from an actual physical book or meditation for 10-15 minutes.
If you want to wake up at 7- 7.30 am – you should go to bed at around 10.30 -11 pm.
It’s necessary to sleep for 7 – 7.5 hours if you want to wake up in the morning without feeling sleepy.
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Get things ready at night
After waking up you should do two things before you get to workout- use the washroom and drink your tea/coffee.
You should prepare your post-workout meal and get your workout gears ready the night before.
Exercise at home
If you already go to the gym in the morning, then you can workout at the gym. Or it’s even better that you switch to home workouts for some days. Because after waking up in the morning if you exercise at home – you will save the commute time, plus it will require minimum effort to complete a morning workout.
Doing bodyweight workouts at home will help you cut the session time by deducting the commute time and it’s easy to do. You can do these exercises in the morning.
When you are just starting to workout in the morning, it’s best to limit your workout session to 15-20 minutes.
Doing simple and easy-to-do exercises is essential if you want to form a habit of exercising in the morning.
How to form a habit of working out in the morning
When you decide to become a morning workout person – you are already pushing yourself to wake up at a fixed time and do your morning workout. Thus you are already using your willpower.
So, to form a habit of working out in the morning, you must exercise for less amount of time until it becomes your daily habit.
For the first 24 days, make a goal to do bodyweight exercises for 15-20 minutes. After 45 days – when you build morning workout as your daily habit, you can switch to a workout of longer duration or a gym workout.
To form a habit of exercising in the morning – you should aim to workout 5-6 days. Doing a gym workout can require you to rest in between two workout days. That’s why doing 5-6 bodyweight exercises for 1-1.5 minutes will help you build it as a daily habit. And doing bodyweight exercises for 15-20 minutes doesn’t require rest days in between.
You can do simple exercises like – spot jogging, lunges, bodyweight squats, jumping jacks, planks etc. Read this post if you want to know more about the exercises you should do in your morning workout.
Be a morning workout person in 7 simple steps:
Follow these seven steps if you want to become a morning workout person:
- First, you want to expose yourself less to blue lights at night. It will help you to fall asleep faster.
- Before you sleep – for 10-15 minutes – do meditation, write a journal or read a physical book.
- Get everything ready that you will need to workout in the morning.
- Sleep at a fixed time so that you can have 7-7.5 hours of good sleep.
- Have a desire to build exercising in the morning as a daily habit and remind yourself at night.
- Wake up and use the washroom to freshen up and have your morning tea/coffee to remove any sleepiness if you have any.
- Start an easy-to-do workout at home or at the gym for 15-20 minutes 5-6 days so that you develop exercising in the morning as a daily habit.
Quick tips to become a morning workout person
Here are some quick tips that will make it easy for you to become a morning workout person:
Place your alarm across the room: If you keep your alarm close to your bed then in the morning you will press the snooze button and wake up late. Waking up late can hinder your morning workout. When you keep your alarm clock or phone within a walking distance, you are much more likely to wake up quickly.
Set multiple alarms: You may feel like one alarm is good. But if you don’t have a habit of waking up between 7-8 am then it’s a good idea to set multiple alarms in the morning. Waking up before 8 am will help you to complete your workout before 9 am.
Prepare your breakfast at night: After the workout, you will feel hungry. And if you have less time in hand in the morning then you might struggle to prepare your breakfast. To make it easy – you can prepare your breakfast at night. Or you can eat something like oatmeal in the morning which is quick to prepare.
Have some caffeine: To make sure you are not going to the bed again once you wake up. Drink some water then have your coffee or tea to remove any sleepiness.
To become a morning workout person – you need to build exercising in the morning a daily habit. Building morning exercise as a habit gets easier if you wake up and sleep at a fixed time.
In the morning, keep things simple. After you wake up have your morning tea/coffee then exercise.
When you are first starting to workout in the morning – it’s a good idea to perform bodyweight exercises. Bodyweight exercises are easy to do and can be performed at home. Thus it will save you commuting time.
Also, in the morning do a simple workout of duration 15-20 minutes for 22-24 days straight. This will help you make exercising in the morning a daily habit.
After you have completed your 24 days of morning workout. It’s more likely that exercising in the morning will come naturally. However, to build morning exercising as your daily habit – you should try to workout straight for 45 days 5-6 days per week and take one day off.
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