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5 Tips To Get You Out Of Bed And Exercising

by Nick Boylan on Thursday 16 January 2020
     

 

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 levels.

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

One 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 workout itself.

To 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 halfway there!

Make (Delicious) Plans Post Workout

To 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.

When 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 major help.

Unite With a Buddy 

Following 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 each other.

Make 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

The 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?

Setting 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 Trainer 

By 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!

When 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.

Our 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. 

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