Written By: Ugochi Obiajunwa
Exercising and the habit of waking up early are salient parts of a healthy lifestyle that most of us find difficult to imbibe. Despite the best of intentions, you might find it difficult to wake up early for a jog. Not to worry, these tips will make it easier for you to wake up in the morning and start exercising.
- Prepare The Night Before
Try not to leave any work for the next morning. When you’re already sleepy in the morning, knowing you have prep work to do will only make you more unmotivated. Instead, get everything done the night before so you just need to wake up and head out the next morning. Make your breakfast ahead of time and store it in the fridge, lay out your clothes and pack your gym bag.
- Set Multiple Alarms
You’re likely to hit snooze on the first one, but you can’t keep doing it for five separate alarms. Instead of the annoying default alarm tone, set your alarm to something more energetic to motivate you to wake up. You could even use your favorite song as your alarm tone so you won’t feel the need to immediately hit snooze and turn it off.
- Drink Lemon Water
You might be tired, but don’t reach out for caffeine to help you feel more energetic. When you wake up, your body is severely dehydrated because it hasn’t had any water in over 7 hours. Drinking caffeine first thing in the morning will only dehydrate you further and make you more lethargic. Instead, drink some water with lemon for a refreshing, hydrating drink. Not only will this help you feel more awake, but it will also cleanse you from the insides.
- Eat A Banana
If you’re not a morning person, then you’re probably not a breakfast person either. Skipping breakfast before you exercise is a terrible mistake though as it could leave you feeling depleted and light-headed. If you can’t work up the energy to make breakfast, eat a banana before you head out. The sugars in bananas will be converted by your body into energy. Energy which you can use to get the most out of your morning workout.
- Make An Upbeat Playlist
Collect every song you love and makes you happy to create the ultimate morning playlist. Listen to your music while you get dressed, drive to the gym or start running. Music has a very strong influence on your mood, so playing the right songs could change your mornings completely.
- Go To Bed Early
Sleeping early says a lot about your general well being. If you’re going to bed at 2.30 am, you’re not going to be in the best mood at 6 when you have to wake up. You need at least 7 hours of sleep, so time your bedtime accordingly. If you’re used to going to bed late, this new routine could take some time to get used to.
Note: Once your body gets accustomed to the new schedule, you’ll find it a lot easier.