Last week, I gave you a workout that you could do in your kitchen, using only a dishtowel, so that you could get it done before breakfast regardless of how chaotic your mornings typically are. This week, I want to take it a step further and talk about how you can use some bedtime rituals before going to sleep to set yourself up for an awesome workout the next morning on those days when you don’t have to resort to drastic measures (ahem … kitchen workouts).
Now, I’m a morning exerciser for sure. If I wait to work out until the evening, by the end of my day I’ve generated 1,001 reasons not to work out. But the truth is that even though I sit firmly in the morning-exerciser camp, I still struggle from time to time to get going in the morning.
Typically, if I’m honest with you, these struggles are related to lack of adequate preparation in advance. So in an effort to help those of you out there who are like me, I’ve come up with a list of things that can be done the night before that will have you well-positioned for a fabulous morning workout.
Have a plan and write it down. Know exactly which workout you plan to do the next day and commit it to paper. If you wake up without a solid plan, it’s much easier to just roll over and go back to sleep.
Set out your stuff. Since you know exactly which workout you’re doing, grab all the necessary gear and set it out. Pick your outfit and place it near your bed— you know, so it’s staring you in the face when you wake up. If you work out at home, drag out your equipment and set it up in the space where you’ll be getting your sweat on. If you work out somewhere other than your home, pack your gym bag. If you’re going for a run or walk, set your shoes out at the door.
Make sleep a priority. Shut down the gizmos and gadgets, take a bath, read a book, meditate, anything that’ll help you shut down for bed. And start the process early— try to give yourself an hour to completely turn it all off.
Keep a light close to the bed. If you’ve got a habit of falling back to sleep after your alarm goes off, first try getting more sleep (easier said than done, right?), then try putting a lamp beside your alarm and turn it on as soon as your alarm goes off. The light helps wake up the brain which can trigger your body to get rolling.
Commit to just start. I can’t tell you how many times I just didn’t wanna… but once I got started, I was glad I worked out. So think baby steps here. Make the commitment to just get up, get dressed and get started. Odds are you’ll be glad you did as well.
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