Are you a morning person?
It’s ok to put up
your hand and say, “Not for me thank you!” Buying extra minutes or hours in bed
can be solid gold in any season, making a morning workout seem like the equivalent
of conquering Mt Everest. While it might seem like an insurmountable task,
getting a workout to start your morning is a great way for your day to begin.
This can particularly useful for your wellbeing, with exercise shown to help your energy and happiness
That’s why we’ve put together five tips to
help you rise from your slumber, get out of bed and start exercising.
Get Your Gear Ready the Night Before
part of the workout process that can be really painful early in the morning is
getting your gear ready. The idea of getting out of your pajamas, finding a
top, shorts or leggings, and your gym shoes seems almost as exhausting as the
get ready and be on the front foot with your exercise, you might consider setting
it all out by your bed or at your bedroom door ready to put on and get going.
Alternatively, you might even consider sleeping in your gym clothes! It might
seem extreme but if you’re waking up in your crop top or singlet, you’re
Make (Delicious) Plans Post Workout
help with your morning rise to exercise, it can help to make plans after your
workout to structure your day. If you organise brunch with a friend after your
leg day or run by the river, it not only keeps you accountable to your workout
but also gives you something to look forward to.
you’re working out, doing that last 100m or final set, having some delicious
poached egg and avo or a luscious protein smoothie at the finish line can be a
Unite With a Buddy
on from making post-exercise plans, sometimes the best morning help you can get
is a fitness friend. Organising your morning exercise with someone else can:
- Make sure you arrive and don’t
let your buddy down
- Make the workout more enjoyable
with the social aspect
- Motivate you with challenges for
a commitment with a friend and you’ll find yourself more likely to get moving
for a morning exercise session.
Try a Few Extra Alarms but Keep Your Distance
piercing sounds of an alarm are usually met with a groan and then quickly
hitting the snooze button. But what if it’s multiple alarms? And what if you
can’t reach your clock or phone?
consecutive alarms can jolt you from your slumber out of sheer persistence,
reminding you it’s time to get up and get moving. Another way to make your
alarm more effective is moving out of arm’s reach. If you’ve got your phone
blaring or some favourite aggressive tunes on the other side of the room, that
can get tiresome fast. There’s no way you let it keep going, so to go and turn
it off, you need to get out of bed. Presto! You’re just about ready for a
morning run or gym sesh!
Schedule a Workout with a
signing up for personal training session, you’re making a paid commitment to
getting up in the morning and making your way to that appointment; money can be
a powerful motivator!
it comes to classes, does anyone like rolling in halfway through a big group,
and everyone noticing you’re late? Definitely not, it’s a pretty awkward
feeling. To save you from that, getting up in the morning for that scheduled
exercise is a great motivator at the beginning of the day.
Virgin Active team are ready to help you get motivated and stay active to start
your day in a variety of ways. Prefer some team or individual coaching? Come
see our exercise coaches who can help you achieve your fitness goals. Or, if
coming to a class is more of your speed, we have over 200 group exercise classes from Reformer Pilates to Cycling and
everything in between.
Book in a free tour at one
of our Virgin Active clubs and start your day with
some active success.