If your evenings are too busy or you just end the day too tired, morning workouts may need to be part of your health routine.
Here's a little motivation for you: research has shown that morning exercisers tend to work out harder and longer than afternoon or evening exercisers, which means more calories burned.
If you're not a get-up-and-go kind of morning person, here are some ways to prep for morning workouts the night before, so you can wake up at the last possible moment and work out!
Skip the morning scavenger hunt
Don't give up on the morning run because you can't find your sock or sneaker or sports bra. Prepping the night before only takes a few minutes and helps avoid wasted time frantically searching for the essentials. Do a load of laundry if you need to, and then lie out your outfit so that when you wake up, you can slip it on and go. Some extremely tired devoted morning exercisers even wear part of their outfit to bed!
Charge your iPod, put your yoga mat or armband by the door, put your favourite fitness video in the DVD player, or lay your dumbbells next to the TV.
Since working out on an empty stomach isn't great for your metabolism or your energy levels, pre-make a little morning snack and keep it in the fridge so you can quickly grab it to eat while getting ready. Half a slice of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, apple slices, and ingredients for a small smoothie are the perfect pre-workout snack. If eating before a workout is not an option, ensure you fill up on breakfast afterwards.
Early to bed
Be sure to hit the hay early so you're well rested, and set your alarm to wake up to your favourite song. If you tend to hit the snooze button way too many times, try putting your alarm clock on the other side of the room.
Book it in
Text or call a friend to set up a fitness date. If you decide on a time to meet in the morning, you'll feel obligated to go, even if your mind and body tell you otherwise.
Check the schedule at your gym or studio, and choose an exciting class to look forward to. A 6 a.m. Zumba class with your favourite instructor or sunrise yoga in a heated studio is sure to pull you out of bed. Or if music moves you, create a new workout playlist to motivate.
Plan a special breakfast to eat after your workout as a reward for your efforts. You'll get through your workout a little faster if you know there's a hot cup of coffee and a homemade treat waiting for you at home.
If you do have any further questions, we recommend speaking to fitness professional like an exercise physiologist
or personal trainer
, or speak to a doctor to put you in touch with the right professional.
Sourced from SELF Magazine
20 Mar 2017