Stop Snoozing: Tips for Early Morning Workouts

7:30 AM

There’s nothing better than waking up on a beautiful Sunday morning and going for a leisurely bike run or that fun fitness class you've always wanted to try.

Unfortunately, come Monday, the thought of finding time to exercise can be overwhelming or just darn difficult. Between morning meetings, business lunches, and post-work happy hours, it can be hard to find time to breathe, much less get to the gym.

But making time to exercise during the week is important! Just 20 minutes of low-to-moderate exercise three times a week is all it takes to feel less fatigued and more energetic. You may also feel less stressed and sleep better if you workout throughout the week. #Winning

So what's a busy gal like you to do? 

Pencil It In

We all know the workweek can get busy. That’s why it’s crucial to schedule workouts in advance. If it's on your calendar, you're much more likely to follow through. Plus, any late cancel fees may make you think twice before backing out in lieu of a few more minutes to snooze. If you sign up early, you won’t get shut out of busy classes or face the dreaded waitlist.

Plan Ahead

Now that your workouts are in your schedule for the week, it’s time to get your gear together. Pack your gear the night before to make waking up and getting out the door a breeze. Not enough? Sleep in your activewear. It doesn't get much easier than that.

If you plan to shower at the gym post workout, don’t forget a pair of flip flops and other bathing essentials. Better yet, search for a studio that provides toiletries and towels. Place everything in your gym bag and keep it in your car, gym locker, or under your desk at work.

Pro tip: Pack a snack for those post-workout munchies!

Be Adventurous

Switch up your routine. If you’re going to the gym to do the exact same thing several times a week, it might be time to challenge yourself by trying something new. It’s fine to get into a routine—it will keep you on schedule to meet workout goals. But it’s exciting to start the week knowing you’re going to try a new type of workout you’ve never done before. Better yet, try a new class for the 'gram. You may be surprised by how much you'll like it!

Find a Friend

Having workout buddies is the best! Not only does it keeps you accountable for showing up, but it’s much more fun to have someone there to support you through the workout. If you prefer to be more social, look for running clubs (like City Fit Girls) or sweatworking fitness groups near you. 

Seeking other ideas? Ask around and see if anyone at your workplace wants to try out a new Pilates studio before work. As I like to say, “Coworkers who sweat together, stay together!”

Are morning workouts your thing? What keeps you accountable?

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