â€œExercising early in the morning jump-starts your metabolism, keeping it elevated for hours and energizes you for the day,â€ says Jennifer Sherman, a Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor and Head Coach at Peloton Cycle in New York City. And while you may be tempted to sleep in, there are ways to make sure you get moving before you have time to come up with an excuse not to. Here, 10 of the best from some of the countryâ€™s top trainers.
No, not the snooze button. â€œGet enough sleep the night before so youâ€™re well-rested,â€ says Sherman. Better yet, â€œmove your alarm clock out of armâ€™s reach. This way you will actually have to get out of your warm bed to turn it off.â€
2. Pair Up
â€œScheduling your sweat session with a friend is a great way to ensure you get your butt out of bed for that a.m. workout,â€ says Adam Rosante, author of The 30 Second Body. â€œWhen you know someone is counting on you, youâ€™ll be far less likely to bail.â€
3. Get Competitive
Rosante suggests making a bet with one of your girlfriends. â€œPlan to work out five time per week for six weeks,â€ he says. â€œFor each planned day, youâ€™ll each put a pre-determined amount of money into a â€˜pot.â€™ Something like five bucks is great. The first person to bail on a session loses and the winner gets the cash. Watching that pool grow as your body tones is pretty addictive. If you both last all six weeks, take the money and go out to celebrate with a great meal.â€
4. Style Yourself
Workout clothes are so cuteâ€”and even cuter when you take the time to plan out your morning look the night before. â€œBe a few steps ahead in order to get out the door seamlessly,â€ says Sherman. â€œTake a few minutes the night before to lay out your workout gear, charge up the iPod and have your water bottle filled and ready.â€
5. Be Patient…
â€œHalf the battle is simply starting,â€ says Liz Arredondo, an instructor at Be Shri Yoga. â€œIn my early days, a teacher said to me, â€˜Just give it ten minutes.â€™ Just make it through that first ten minutes and youâ€™ll have forgotten all the doubt and sluggishness of the start of your morning sweat sessions. You blood will be moving and youâ€™ll feel better.â€
6. And Be Gentle
â€œMorning bodies are very tight and need time to wake up,â€ says Arredondo. â€œWe sleep in all kinds of terrible, misaligned positions and most of us wake up a bit stiff. Let your body wake up with some slow, deep breathing paired with gentle stretches before you start moving more actively.â€
7. Make Yourself Accountable
â€œPost on social media that tomorrow you are going to go to Barryâ€™s Bootcamp, SoulCycle, yoga, whatever it may be and invite your friends to meet you there,â€ says LA-based trainer Astrid Swan. â€œIf you donâ€™t show, and they do, well, social media will be all over it!â€ In other words, #dontbail.
8. Prep Your Breakfast
Swan suggests preparing a make-ahead breakfast the night before. She prefers overnight oats for energy: Mix almond milk, acai, maca, and banana in a blender, then add chia seeds and oats; put in a mason jar and place in fridge overnight. â€œYou will wake up to a healthy, filling breakfast so you can take on the sweat and the rest of the day,â€ she says.
9. Take The ‘Work’ Out
â€œMake it fun,â€ says Arredondo. â€œPut on a good playlist. Spotify is great if you donâ€™t love making your own, and find a class or a video that you enjoy.â€
10. Stay Honest
â€œAre you dreading the schlep to the gym? Are you tired from staying up too late?â€ asks Rosante. â€œDo you feel like you just donâ€™t know what kind of workout to do? Spend a few minutes thinking about why you have such a hard time committing to your A.M. workouts and you can easily figure out a solution thatâ€™s perfect for you. You may realize itâ€™s time to ditch the gym membership and just start crushing simple workouts right in your living room.â€