5:25, 5:30, 5:35. Snooze, snooze, and snooze again. So many us fall into being ambitious before we fall asleep at night, but falter when we fail wake in the morning for our hopeful morning workouts. We end up groggier by having set so many alarms, interrupting our sleep cycles. From grogginess in the morning to exhaustion at night, we find ourselves wondering how we’ll ever fit in our workouts.
It is scientifically proven that morning workouts give us a better start to the day, helping us to make healthier food choices, be mentally engaged throughout the day, and to fall asleep earlier and faster. Sounds like morning workouts are a no-brainer, right? Well, only if you’re a morning person. But for all you night owls, we’ve come up with some tips and tricks to get you out of bed, morning person or not.
Go to bed earlier—Seems pretty obvious, doesn’t it? Now, we’re not saying be in bed by 11pm or midnight, we’re saying be asleep by a reasonable time to ensure that you’ll get at least 7 hours of sleep.
Limit screen time before bed—Limiting screen time an hour before bed prepares your body to fall asleep fast and soundly. So yes, this means no iPhones, iPads, or computers in the bedroom. Also, use your bed only for sleeping. If you’re going to do work or read a book before bedtime, make sure you’re on the couch or in a chair so that your body knows that your bed is for sleeping.
Limit yourself to one caffeinated beverage before 3pm—Ever find yourself stirring in bed even though you’ve been lacking on sleep and feeling groggy throughout the day? Drink a lot of coffee? That could be the problem. Consciously try to limit yourself to one caffeinated beverage, the most, per day.
Sign up for a class in advance—Committing yourself to a specific time, often bound to a price will motivate you to hop out of bed and out the door to your workout. We’ve found that some of our most committed rooster riders sign up for class far in advance, making them ten times as likely to show up and sweat it out bright and early.
Make a date with someone—Find a buddy – a coworker, a friend, your significant other, or even someone you see at class regularly – and ask them to hold you accountable to your early morning workout. Chances are, they’ll appreciate the extra motivation to go to class, knowing that they’ve got someone counting on them.
Ease into your new routine—As with any lifestyle change, it is important to slowly ease into things, rather than plan on morning workouts three times a week on your first go. Know that you may sleep through your alarm a few times even after making some of these changes. However, the mere attempt to incorporate new habits into your daily routine will help change your mentality about morning workouts, and just might help you become a morning person.
Alright HBer’s, we challenge you to at least one rooster ride in the next week. Sign up here for any of our rooster rides! See you in the saddle – bright and early!