How to start a morning exercise routine
By now, we all know how important it is that we take care of our bodies in order to be the healthiest version of ourselves we can be.
Our parents have told us since we were little that we should always eat our vegetables, and chances are high that our physicians have also told us all our life that we should be playing or exercising pretty much every single day.
Even though we all know how important this stuff is, incredibly, tons of us fail to heed the advice.
I won’t speak to the nutritional side of the puzzle, but from an exercise standpoint, it’s somewhat maddening how many people know that they need to exercise most days of the week and simply choose not to.
Everyone’s busy, I get that, and all of us have a thousand priorities, obligations, and commitments to fulfill at any given time. The fact of the matter, however, is that if we fail to take care of ourselves and our health, we’ll suffer for it.
We won’t feel as well as we could; we won’t sleep as well as we could; our relationships won’t be as meaningful and deep as they could be; and we’ll likely spend more time at the doctors’ offices for a bunch of fairly readily-preventable health ailments and maladies. We can’t prevent every bad ailment from happening to us, of course, but we do, in fact, have a big hand to play in preventing a lot.
The number one reason I hear from people, the reason that people claim precludes them from exercising consistently, if at all, is time. I get it; like I said, we’re all busy. It’s all but a fact of life for everyone in the 21st century at this point.
That said, while I can’t magically give you a 25th or 26th hour in your day to help you fit in exercise, what I can do is offer you some tried-and-true tips, based on years of personal experience (and that of my friends’), stuff that has helped all of us become regular, consistent early morning exercisers.
4 Tips for Morning Exercise
Below, I’ll describe in greater detail some tips to help you create a morning exercise routine. In no particular order of importance, they include the following:
Morning Exercise Tip #1: Get it all ready before you go to bed each night
It’s admittedly annoying, but I think one of the most sure-fire ways to get yourself into a morning exercise routine is to take time at night to make your morning effortless.
What exactly does this entail? It’s all simple stuff, such as laying out your workout clothes, putting your keys and wallet in a place that’ll allow you to easily find it, putting your morning coffee on a timer so it’s ready to go when you need it most, and preparing your work clothes and work accouterments so you can effortlessly transition from one part of your life to the next.
Ultimately, you don’t want to spend precious time in the morning looking for an errant shoe or your keys, time that you could have spent working out, so doing the work at night, before you’re asleep, will make your mornings run significantly more smoothly.
Think of it as preparing yourself to essentially autopilot through your morning until you arrive at your workout.
Morning Exercise Tip #2: Enlist the camaraderie of a buddy in the morning
Another easy way to get your butt in gear is to get another friend, colleague, neighbor, or family member on board to start a morning exercise routine with you. I’d bet that there is at least one person in one of your social circles who also wants to begin working out more regularly, and you two can work together to demolish your goals.
In the process, of course, you’ll be able to hold each other accountable to all your morning workouts simply because neither one of you will want to be the person who leaves the other person high and dry. Guilt can be an incredibly driving factor sometimes!
Morning Exercise Tip #3: No electronics in bed
Getting to bed earlier than usual will require an adjustment period, naturally, when you’re used to going to bed later and consequently sleeping in later. To make it easier for yourself, get in the habit of going to bed at least 15 minutes earlier than usual, and once you’re in bed, stay in bed.
Don’t get online to “just check” all your various emails and social media accounts. We all know all-too-well at this point how easy and tempting it is to “just check” something and then hours later realize how much time we’ve wasted. Don’t do that to yourself, particularly at this juncture in your life, when you’re trying to develop a new morning exercise habit!
If you get into bed and aren’t tired enough to sleep, instead of scrolling through garbage online, read a book: an old-fashioned, hard copy book. Chances are that you’ll find it sufficiently relaxing and that you’ll be snoozing in no time.
Morning Exercise Tip #4: Be Patient
Finally, when you’re working to develop a new morning exercise routine, you absolutely must remember to be patient with yourself. You haven’t done this stuff before, right? Don’t expect expert-level mastery level right off the bat.
There will surely be times that you sleep in, or times that you don’t want to go, or times that you forget; don’t dwell on it. Instead, try again the next day. You’re only human. Showing up to do your morning exercise is the hardest part sometimes.
Conclusion: These are but a handful of tips that’ll hopefully help you create an early morning exercise routine. Remember, too, that it often takes about 21 days for a new habit to stick, so don’t expect perfection overnight.
The more you do it, the more second nature it’ll become, and before too long, you’ll be doing this stuff as though you’ve been doing it all your life: just remember to be patient.
AUTHOR’S BIO: JANE GRATES
Jane is a hiking addict and a vegan. Acting at the crossroads of simplicity and elegance to create great work for living human beings! You can read more articles by her at: www.runnerclick.com