There are a variety of ways you may be sabotaging your morning workout and the benefits that come with it, though. But there are also a variety of things you can do to prevent that from happening, and instead get your day off on the right foot by exercising.
1. Plan Your Workout The Night Before
If you wake up and aren't sure what workout you want to do, the greater the chance that you'll skip it altogether. Eliminate this issue by planning what workout you’ll do (and for how long) the night before. Think over your exercise strategy before you turn in for the night.
2. Eat Something
Not eating before your workout can slow you down because you need fuel for your workout. That doesn't mean you should eat a big breakfast; instead, have something small, like a banana or piece of toast.
3. Evaluate Your Routine
Before you roll over and decide to stay in bed, ask yourself how much you've exercised during the week, and whether you can afford to skip a workout. Will skipping it have a negative impact on your goals? Skipping workouts easily become a habit.
4. No TV, No Internet
Turning on the television or going online the minute you wake up can become lethal distractions to your workout regime. Five minutes online can quickly turn into an hour.
5. Recognize the Benefits
If you want to have a good day, it's always best to start it with something positive. Getting your workout in first thing is an excellent kick-start for the rest of the day.
6. Have Your Clothes Ready
Have all of your workout gear handy and ready to use the minute you wake up. Don't kill time looking for a piece of clothing you'll need. Better yet, sleep in your workout gear; one less thing to do in the morning, right?
7. Warm Up
Wake up your brain and warm up your muscles by taking a few minutes to stretch, walk or jog briefly.
By following the above suggestions, as well as consulting with the trainers at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo, you can overcome those morning blahs and hit the ground running. Check out one of our morning group fitness classes for motivation.