It ain’t always easy to drag yourself out of bed and get in your workout. But here’s a little secret, I’m usually DONE with mine by 7 a.m.
How do I do it? Well, what I do the night before has everything to do with what I do the next morning. By following these three tips, you too can strap on those gym shoes instead of hitting snooze 15 times in a row.
1. Do not eat a heavy meal after 7 p.m. Your body likes a schedule. If you begin to rise every day at the same time, your inner clock will work to reset itself to match your new habit. However, it’s hard to get up after you’ve had a late meal. Studies shows a late, heavy meal can leave your body tossing and turning as it spends the night trying to digest what you ate, instead of concentrating on getting you and your cells rested for the morning workout. Try to have dinner the same time every night, which will help your body regulate itself even more. You want to establish a daily habit that your body can get used to.
2. Prep the night before. Before you sleep (and that should be an average of eight good hours), pack or prepare your workout attire: your gym bag, workout clothes, jump rope, resistance bands and sneakers, so you can grab them quickly and not abandon a workout because you can’t find a clean sports bra. Set your alarm clock to rise and shine, and be sure to have a pleasant sounding alarm clock because if your alarm scares you, you may wake up grouchy and uninspired. Most importantly, that sleep button is not your friend. It keeps you from making your body strong and healthy. So refuse the urge to snooze.
3. Motivate yourself. Pretty sure Inspiration Gal would approve of this. The night before you work out, affirm yourself with the following words :
“It’s my job to take care of my body with steadfast fidelity. Health and beauty is my God-given right. I will never allow my body to slump out-of-shape. As long as I have good health I can make a difference in this world.”
Wake up and the world is yours! Grab a banana, your favorite protein bar and…
Keep it moving, no matter what!