How to unlock the morning workout

Morning-Workout-300x300 What’s this? You want me to crawl out of bed before my alarm goes off for the third time? THEN you want me to skip my morning pot of coffee so I can MOVE AROUND? Yep! That’s the ticket! Over the years I’ve talked to a LOT of people that are both successful in their health and in their business. What is one common denominator? They all take advantage of the morning. Talk to just about anyone that’s seriously lost weight and kept it off, or has started a successful business, and they’ll tell you they usually get their work done before most people are even out of bed. While I would love to go into every aspect of carpe diem before 9am, let’s just focus on the fitness part.  For years I worked jobs that required me to be up and moving before 5am. Here are a few things I’ve learned.

First things first, you need your sleep. You need to have the energy to get up and get going, so don’t plan to workout at 4am and go to be at 11pm. Next, you need that energy boost. Some people use coffee. I love using a pre-workout. My favorite is the Energy and Endurance from Beachbody. It’s pretty inexpensive, tastes great, and won’t make you want to claw your face off. It also doesn’t contain any untested or weird ingredients like most of the other popular brands.

You also need to have your workout clothes ready to go. It wouldn’t kill to sleep in them. I mean, who are you trying to impress at 4am working out in your living room? If you don’t feel like sleeping in your workout clothes, lay them out in some place you can’t avoid. I used to lay mine out on the floor next to the bed so I had to either walk on them or move them out of the way.

Know your workout schedule. Every night before bed I would check my calendar to see what was up next. It helped me get my mind in the game before I went to bed. You can also load your workout into the DVD player the night before and have it ready to go.

Wake up at the same time every day. It’s so tempting to sleep in if you have a shorter workout. But, you throw yourself out of rhythm and that’s no good. So set your alarm and stick to it. Speaking of alarms…

Put your alarm on the other side of the room. Next to the bed it’s too easy to hit snooze. Make yourself have to get up.

Last, but not least, recruit your family. Many people think they’ll disturb their family if they workout early. So why not get them going? Make a thing of it. I hope these tips help. I know they were tailored to home workouts, but you can really apply these principles to gym workouts, DVD’s, running, etc.

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Markus is the co-owner of the Cloak & Blaster gaming pub in Orlando, FL. He's a former personal trainer and Space Shuttle Engineer. He's currently married to the lovely Geek Fit Girl.

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