It’s 5 AM. Your bed is more comfortable than it’s ever been and you’re finally relaxed. You’re just drifting back to sleep. Then your alarm starts blaring.
This is a daily struggle for me. My alarm clock and I are not friends. I’ve never been a morning person. Never. I always liked mornings once I actually got up, but there has never been a morning where I’ve been like, “Yes 5 AM I feel completely energized and ready to be awake!” I didn’t have to get up at 5 AM in college, so this whole adulting thing was a new world.
In order for me to get a solid workout or a run in before work I have to be up at 5 AM and in the shower by 6:15 AM. If I turn off my alarm then I have to workout after work, which usually means 7:30 PM. So, morning workouts are much more ideal. I always have better days when my workout is already done. I have more energy and I’m more motivated for the day. I’m forcing myself to be a morning person. And I wanted to share with you a few things that help me do so. So, here you go:
1. Sleep in your workout clothes. Okay this might sound weird. But I usually sleep in at least a sports bra so that when I wake up I’m like “Ugh I already have a sports bra on so I have to make use of it.” Because why else would I sleep in a sports bra? It sounds silly, but it actually really helps. I’m more motivated to just throw on my workout shorts and get it done. It saves a step and reminds me why I’m waking up so early.
2. Tell yourself you’re going to get up early out loud before you go to sleep. Again, this might sound weird. I heard this advice from an MTA podcast and I’ve been doing it ever since. When I’m setting my alarms right before I go to sleep I will say out loud, “I’m waking up at 5 to run 4 miles before work.” Or whatever the workout might be. If I say it out loud it has to happen, right? Maybe not. But I hold myself accountable.
3. Focus on the coffee you can have after your workout. It’s not a secret that I’m a coffee addict and I know I’m not alone. Sometimes I will spend an entire early morning run thinking about the cup of coffee I’m going to drink afterwards. This might not be normal, but my mind isn’t always exactly functioning at this hour, so coffee is as focused as I get. It helps. Run faster? Coffee sooner.
4. Play music right when you wake up. I can’t listen to the new Justin Bieber songs without wanting to move my body. I usually have a little one song dance party as a warm up before BBG. The music gives me energy and wakes me up a bit. Waking up in silence is much more difficult. Trust me, throw on some Bieber and get to it.
5. Have a best friend to Snapchat who is also up at the ass crack of dawn to workout. I can’t stress how much this helps. Carly and I snapping each other that we don’t want to get out of bed, or can’t workout, or hate our lives in between BBG circuits is a daily occurrence. The fact that both of us are up and “doing it together” helps a lot. Even if you’re not a snapchatter, find another person to help hold you accountable. Text your mom, your boyfriend, anyone just to let them know you’re up and killin’ it. Bonus points if they’re working out too. Or better yet, meeting you to workout together. Strength in numbers my friends.
Hope these tips help! Being an early riser really helps my entire mindset for the day. I still don’t love my alarm, but I love my productive mornings. If I can do it, so can you. I promise.