How to Become a Morning Workout Person
Ian Allen for Self Magazine
If you ask us, becoming a morning person is nothing short of a miraculous feat. That being said, it's not impossible. In fact, there are a few simple tactics (going to bed early, thinking up rewards, etc.) that make the whole transformation a little more attainable than, well, turning water into wine.
The next logical extension of this newfound love of the morning hours is becoming that person who loves working out in the morning. Yep, that #goals-inspiring unicorn who somehow drops into a 7 a.m. Vinyasa flow class before settling down to answer emails at 9 a.m., or who goes for a jog around the neighborhood well before we've all peeled ourselves from our cozy comforters. How do they do it? And can us mere mortals do it, too?
To find out, Health tapped a handful of fitness trainers who have mastered the rise-and-grind routine. Turns out, a few lifestyle changes might set you on the path to sunrise spin classes after all.
1. Hit the hay earlier.
Getting a good night's sleep is integral to being a morning person, so it should come as no surprise that the first step to becoming a morning workout person is the same. Coax yourself to bed earlier than usual, turn off the Netflix, and stay regular. Your body will get used to the new routine faster than you think it will!
2. Eat right before bedtime.
Leslie Bonci, founder of Active Eating Advice, advises making sure you're finished with dinner a full hour and a half before going to sleep. "This gives your stomach some time to digest the food so it's not having a fiesta while you’re trying to take a siesta," she told Health. It helps to pay attention to what you're eating, too. Heavy foods will make you feel sluggish when the alarm clock sounds. Stick to lean proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats.
3. Recruit a friend.
This is maybe the most crucial element to building a regular morning workout routine. After all, if you have a friend holding you accountable for showing up, you're less likely to flake! Plus, you'll have a nice bit of socializing to look forward to as a perk for dragging your butt to an early workout session. Win-win.
4. Set yourself up for success.
Get your belongings ready the night before. This includes your workout gear, your change of clothes and work bag, even your water bottle and a snack. The less you have to figure things out when the alarm goes off, the better! Plus, if you remove all of that excess stress from the practice of working out in the morning, you're more likely to do it again and again until, voilà! You're a regular.
Do you have any great tricks for sticking to a morning workout routine?