My favourite time to workout is first thing in the morning. It leaves you feeling refreshed and clear-headed and in my opinion it’s the best way to set you up for a productive day. Getting that rush of Endorphins first thing is going to make you feel good and in a more positive frame of mind ready to deal with whatever the rest of your day throws at you, plus exercise in the morning will also give your metabolism a kickstart.
For mothers whose babies/children sleep in, getting up before they wake can be the perfect time to get your home workout done undisturbed. Unfortunately for me it is very rare that my son sleeps in past 6am and although there was a time when getting up at 5am would have been something that I would have done because we still have a LOT of night wake ups I have to get my sleep in when I can! When my son was just a few weeks old though (and ironically was sleeping better and later…and in his own bed!) I would get up half an hour or 45 minutes before him, take the baby monitor with me and get my workouts done then, so if you are lucky enough to have a child who likes to sleep in the morning is a great opportunity to get your exercise in.
It can be hard to find the motivation to get ourselves out of our warm beds when the alarm goes off though, especially on these cold and dark winter mornings. These are some of the techniques that I would use to get my butt out of bed and get my workouts done…in the days when I could!
- Get an early night and don’t spend ages on your phone on social media before you go to sleep. Lets be honest we all do it. Intend to go to sleep early so that we feel good the next day then just lay in bed on Instagram for ages. But going to sleep early and getting enough sleep is the best way to feel energized the next day…Not always an option for us mums but if you do get a full nights sleep take advantage of it!
- Place your phone/alarm clock across the room away from your bed. That way you have to get up to turn it off and if you are up and out of bed anyway then it’s less tempting to roll over and go back to sleep.
- Splash your face with cold water. This really wakes you up and helps you feel more alert and ready to go.
- Lay your workout clothes out the night before. That way you can just shove them straight on without waking up everyone else in the house and wasting time searching and fumbling around for them in the dark.
- Plan what workout you are going to be doing the night before and lay out any equipment that you will be using for it (in a place where it won’t be a trip hazard!) That way you know what you are doing and you can get straight into it.
- COFFEE! Pre-workout has never suited me. I tried it before I fell pregnant and it just made me feel like I was having palpitations! I don’t think my body can cope with that much caffeine. Plus now I am breastfeeding so most pre-workouts and energy drinks are not recommended now anyway. But I do love my coffee and although I do try to limit myself to two per day (three if my son is teething!) I will always have one before my workout to give myself a boost.
So those are my tips for getting up and getting your early morning workout done. I personally do all my workouts at home which saves me time and money but even if you go to the gym some of these techniques might help get you up and out of the door. Do you have any different tactics to get yourself motivated in the mornings?
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