Even the most dedicated fitness fanatic will admit that it can occasionally be tough to get up for an early morning workout. When you’re comfy and warm in your bed, the last thing you want to do is venture out into the cold—but there’s also no denying the benefits of early morning exercise.
Some say they like to exercise in the morning to get it out of the way, but even those who love afternoon trips to the gym can reap major benefits by pushing their workouts ahead a few hours.
Those who flock to the gym in the morning usually find it less crowded and are able to get their workouts done quicker and more efficiently. Morning exercisers don’t have to worry about scheduling conflicts later in the day or about being too tired after a long day. The early risers enjoy a revved up metabolism, mental sharpness and a feeling of accomplishment—all of which can last for the rest of the day. As if all those benefits weren’t convincing enough, early morning gym-goers are the group that goes most consistently.
If you’re ready to switch your nightly workouts to morning sweat sessions, then take a look at some of the tricks to make the transition as smooth as possible.
#1 Lay Out Your Clothes the Night Before
Stating your intention is the first step to following through on a plan. When you lay out your clothes the night before, of course you are relieving yourself of morning outfit decisions, but you are also telling yourself that you will go to the gym. Preparing your mind and body for a morning workout several hours in advance increases the likelihood you’ll actually go work out.
#2 Count on Coffee
The go-to solution for sleepy mornings can also pep you up for an early workout. Many studies have shown that black coffee is not only safe to consume before working out, but that it also comes with a few benefits like helping to accelerate weight loss, allowing you to train longer and even decreasing muscle pain.