“Exercising early in the morning jump-starts your metabolism, keeping it elevated for hours and energizes you for the day,” says Jennifer Sherman, a Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor and Head Coach at Peloton Cycle in New York City. And while you may be tempted to sleep in, there are ways to make sure you get moving before you have time to come up with an excuse not to. Here, 10 of the best from some of the country’s top trainers.
No, not the snooze button. “Get enough sleep the night before so you’re well-rested,” says Sherman. Better yet, “move your alarm clock out of arm’s reach. This way you will actually have to get out of your warm bed to turn it off.”
2. Pair Up
“Scheduling your sweat session with a friend is a great way to ensure you get your butt out of bed for that a.m. workout,” says Adam Rosante, author of The 30-Second Body. “When you know someone is counting on you, you’ll be far less likely to bail.”
3. Get Competitive
Rosante suggests making a bet with one of your girlfriends. “Plan to work out five times per week for six weeks,” he says. “For each planned day, you’ll each put a pre-determined amount of money into a ‘pot.’ Something like five bucks is great. The first person to bail on a session loses and the winner gets the cash. Watching that pool grow as your body tones is pretty addictive. If you both last all six weeks, take the money and go out to celebrate with a great meal.”
4. Style Yourself
Workout clothes are so cute¡ªand even cuter when you take the time to plan out your morning look the night before. “Be a few steps ahead in order to get out the door seamlessly,” says Sherman. “Take a few minutes the night before to lay out your workout gear, charge up the iPod and have your water bottle filled and ready.”
5. Be Patient . . .
“Half the battle is simply starting,” says Liz Arredondo, an instructor at Be Shri Yoga. “In my early days, a teacher said to me, ‘Just give it 10 minutes.’ Just make it through that first 10 minutes and you’ll have forgotten all the doubt and sluggishness of the start of your morning sweat sessions. You blood will be moving and you’ll feel better.”
6. And Be Gentle
“Morning bodies are very tight and need time to wake up,” says Arredondo. “We sleep in all kinds of terrible, misaligned positions and most of us wake up a bit stiff. Let your body wake up with some slow, deep breathing paired with gentle stretches before you start moving more actively.”
7. Make Yourself Accountable
“Post on social media that tomorrow you are going to go to Barry’s Bootcamp, SoulCycle, yoga, whatever it may be and invite your friends to meet you there,” says LA-based trainer Astrid Swan. “If you don’t show, and they do, well, social media will be all over it!” In other words, #dontbail.
8. Prep Your Breakfast
Swan suggests preparing a make-ahead breakfast the night before. She prefers overnight oats for energy: Mix almond milk, acai, maca, and banana in a blender, then add chia seeds and oats; put in a mason jar and place in fridge overnight. “You will wake up to a healthy, filling breakfast so you can take on the sweat and the rest of the day,” she says.
9. Take the “Work” Out
“Make it fun,” says Arredondo. “Put on a good playlist. Spotify is great if you don’t love making your own, and find a class or a video that you enjoy.”
10. Stay Honest
“Are you dreading the schlep to the gym? Are you tired from staying up too late?” asks Rosante. “Do you feel like you just don’t know what kind of workout to do? Spend a few minutes thinking about why you have such a hard time committing to your a.m. workouts and you can easily figure out a solution that’s perfect for you. You may realize it’s time to ditch the gym membership and just start crushing simple workouts right in your living room.”
Easy. Done. Now go get #UpNOut!
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