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Find It Hard To Get Up For Your Morning Workout? These 15 Tips Will Help

Find It Hard To Get Up For Your Morning Workout? These 15 Tips Will Help

Do you hate getting up for your morning workout?

For many people a morning workout is easier and more efficient than working out later in the day, but they can struggle to find the motivation to leave their warm, cozy beds to go outside into the cold.

However, there are many little ways you can make getting out of bed for your morning workout easier- check out these 15 tips:

1. Switch The Light On As Soon As You Wake Up

As soon as you switch your alarm off, switch the light on. You will feel much more awake if you sit in the light – especially as it feels extra bright in the morning! This will help to wake your body up naturally, so you feel fresh and ready for your morning workout.

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2. Keep Your Alarm At The Other Side Of The Room

Keeping your alarm on the other side of the room forces you to get out of your warm bed. It will help you to feel less groggy as you get used to moving around, and you will feel less tempted to get back into bed once you’ve already made the effort to get out.

3. Set Two Alarms

If you struggle with the idea of getting up after one alarm, set two instead; use your phone for the first alarm, which you keep in your bed, and an alarm clock at the other side of your room for the second alarm. The first alarm lets you know that you have 15 more minutes snuggled up in bed, so you still get a snooze in before your morning workout.

4. Pack Your Workout Gear Before You Go To Sleep

Before you go to sleep, check tomorrow’s weather online and pack an outfit that is comfy and suitable. This will stop you making excuses for bad weather, as you will already be fully prepared.

5. Choose A Workout Outfit You Love – And An Awesome Playlist

You will feel more motivated to work out and you will enjoy your morning workout more if you get to wear an outfit you love. Another way to motivate yourself to enjoy your exercise is to work out to a playlist you love, so craft a playlist that makes you feel pumped up.

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6. Schedule Brunch For After Your Workout

Lots of people find it easiest to motivate themselves through using a reward system, so put one in place for yourself. If you finish your workout, treat yourself to a super delicious, healthy brunch afterwards.

7. Exercise With Your Pets

If you have a dog, combine your exercise with theirs and take them for a run with you in the morning. You might be able to let yourself down easily, but it is much harder when you have to let down your excited, barking dog too.

8. Focus On How You Feel After Your Workout

When you wake up, instead of focusing on how tired you are and how warm your bed is, focus on how you will feel after your workout. You will feel healthy, motivated, proud, and happy – which is much better than just feeling warm and cozy.

9. Set A Routine And Stick To It

Respect your morning workout routine, and consider it just as important as doing food shopping or going in to work. When you identify your morning workout as super important, you won’t accept your own excuses to not exercise.

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10. Remember That Some Chores Count As Exercise

If you live in an area where you have to shovel snow or collect firewood, add this to your morning workout routine. It means you are doing work that needed doing, and you’re even getting it done before you go to work – efficient!

11. Make Sure The Room Is Warm When You Wake Up

It is much harder to get out of bed when the room you’re in is freezing, so set the timer on your heater so you wake up to a toasty, warm room.

12. Exercise With People You Don’t Want To Let Down

If the only person you let down when you don’t exercise is you, it is much easier to not exercise. Find a group of friends who are happy to exercise with you and do it together. Once you have exercised together a few times, you won’t want to let them down – so you will find the willpower to get out of bed and start your morning workout.

13. Sleep In Your Workout Clothes

If you really struggle to get up in the morning, sleep in your workout gear. That way, when your alarm goes off, you can jump straight out of bed and out the door!

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14. Drink A Cup Of Coffee Before You Start

Lots of people find it easier to start their day with a caffeine hit, and a cup of coffee can help you to feel awake and ready for the day ahead – including your morning workout.

15. Do It – Don’t Listen To Your Excuses

Consistency is important; realize your excuses are just excuses, and you want your morning workout to become a routine, rather than just occasional exercise.

What do you think of these tips? Do you think they will help you to get up earlier? Share this with your friends who exercise in the morning and see what they think!

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Published on September 21, 2018

How Long Does it Take to Build Muscle and Increase Fat Loss?

How Long Does it Take to Build Muscle and Increase Fat Loss?

“Can I look like you in 3 months?”

The teenager stared at me, waiting eagerly for a response. It’s a normal day as a certified fitness coach and yet again, I had to grab some flying feet and put them down on the ground of reality again.

“If I would be able to reach this body in 3 months, you think it would’ve taken me 5 years?” I responded smilingly.

In the same moment I tapped the teenager on the shoulder and we both went to the training floor together. Fast forward to today, he eventually reached his dream body. But it took him a little bit longer than 3 months.

In this article, I want to give you a broad overview and answer to the commonly asked question: how long does it take to build muscle and increase fat loss?

Your biggest enemy for building muscle and fat loss

I remember when I joined my first gym years back. After two weeks of continuous training, I saw absolutely no difference in the mirror.

I googled “2 weeks body transformation” and was frustrated by seeing all these pictures by savvy marketers.

We human beings have evolved to seek instant gratification. We can’t wait for things to happen tomorrow. We want them today or even better, yesterday.

It doesn’t matter if we talk about business or our fitness results. If we truly want to make a long-lasting change, we have to delay our innate need to crave gratification instantly and focus on the big picture.

In the book called Grit by Angela Duckworth, a predictor for future success in children was the so called ‘Marshmallow Test’.

The Marshmallow Test works this way. Children are basically given two options:

  1. Eat the marshmallow in front of them right now.
  2. Wait 10 minutes without eating the first marshmallow and get a second marshmallow to eat on top.

This is an insane test of willpower and the ability to delay gratification for an even bigger payoff, as a 10-year old school child. If the child already mastered that crucial skill at such a young age, it was a strong predictor for future success.

We all have to learn how to delay gratification better. Most people overestimate what they can do in one month, but totally underestimate what they can do in 10 years.

What you really need to build muscle fast

Your ground zero

It all matters on which point we start off. Because the reality is:

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Everyone has to start somewhere.

A former Olympic athlete will have an easier time building muscles and losing fat than an avid couch potato. There are mainly two reasons for this:

  • The pre-selected genetic blueprint of the athlete.
  • Work ethic of a professional.

While countless of variables play a role in influencing your success in the gym, it all can be traced back to those crucial points. And the saying still holds merit:

Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard. — Tim Notke

A mentor of mine told me years ago that you can succeed in life if you just don’t give up.

You can have average skills, average genetics and average work ethic. As long as you keep improving on your craft, you will succeed.

Not immediately – but definitely and finally.

Setting the right expectations

I’m great at setting unrealistic goals and having the wrong expectations. I wanted to have 100,000 subscribers on my Youtube Channel and at the end of my first year when I started, back in 2015, I ended up with 30.

This is an embarrassing story, but I hope it gets one point across:

Your goals need to be realistic if you can’t deal with the setbacks of not reaching them.

Ending up with 30 subscribers even after pulling frequent all-nighters to get this endeavor rolling was soul-crushing. I contemplated throwing in the towel.

With the right support from my network and discipline, I managed to keep going. The channel has now grown 100-fold in those 3 years.

To find out what is realistic, consider the next timeline.

The muscle growth timeline

Here’s what results you can expect if your main goal is building lean tissue mass. Warning: Genuine muscle growth without performance enhancing drugs takes a long time.

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Of course these time periods can vary individually depending on your genetic blueprint and work-ethic. You might see results sooner, or maybe even later.

The time frame is set to training 2-3 times per week (continuously!).

Pro tip: Ask a friend or hire a coach to boost your progress tremendously.

This is what happens when you decide to join a gym, out of my experience training hundreds of clients:

Month 1-3

Eat – Sleep – Gym – Repeat.

Your motivation is at your peak at this point. You will tell your friends and family about your new workout regime. You will notice slight differences in your appearance, which are mainly nonexistent.

You will experience immense strength gains on your training because your body finally realizes how to use its muscles properly.

Month 3-6

This is the time period where most people break. You will be going to the gym consistently, yet the results won’t come just now. It’s the big dip in the whole process.

Your goal in this phase is to build a habit around your gym visits. You will most likely discontinue to have the all-in mentality as in the first 3 months. You will seek sustainability. Breaking news: It will still be hard.

But in the end it’s all worth it. Trust me.

Month 6-12

“I’ve seen a new vein in my arm!”

The guy came up to me excited. This is the time where the normal person starts to see considerable results in his training.

An old friend will talk to him and see a difference in his body shape. Suddenly, his old t-shirt gets too thin. The frequent gym-goer feels amazing.

Month 12- 24

Fitness is a trojan horse. While you might think frequent training will only change your body shape, your character will be impacted too.

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Your friends and family will notice. You’re more confident, assertive and more happy with your self-image. You feel confident and sure in your abilities because you have achieved what you set out to do.

Breaking news:

You will still not be satisfied. And that’s a good thing. But don’t forget to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

They haven’t come easy.

Month 24+

“That’s what works for me!”

If you’ve been going frequently and consistently (twice every week for 2 years), you can pat yourself on the shoulders.

If you’ve done most things correctly and with a certified coach, you will reach the goal shape at this point. But this is also the point where it can get frustrating.

Further results will come painstakingly slow at this stage. You increasingly have to work on your weaknesses and constantly alter your training to see further results. Be it applying different repetitions, intensity, workout duration, speed or machines.

A lot of people will not see results after this stage because the benefits are not worth the work for them. We have to realize that what got us here, will not get us to the next level.

The fat loss timeline

If you’re trying to lose fat, I have 2 pieces of news for you:

  1. It will come faster. Fat loss has a shorter timeline.
  2. It will be exactly as hard as building muscles, if not harder.

Here’s what you can expect if you’re starting to lose weight. Here again: Proper guidance can speed up the process.

Month 1

“I’ve lost 10kg in the first week!”

Your results will come fast. Too fast.

You will feel exhausted. Most of your weight that you lose will be water. This is the big dip in the whole weight loss process.

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The shocking news: Most people stop their diet in the first month.

Month 2-3

You will reconsider your dieting strategy and opt for more sustainability. You will reintroduce “bad foods” in your diet that you’ve most likely blocked out in the first two weeks or month.

Because balance (and not quitting your diet) is more important to you at this stage than seeing rapid weight loss. Your life quality will increase at this stage.

Month 6-12

At this time frame, you have probably lost more than 10kg. The majority of the people looking to lose weight will be satisfied with their results and shocked by how much of a difference it makes in their appearance.

You will feel more confident, more energized and more self-assured. You would’ve never guessed that you could make it, that you could finally lose your weight – yet you did!

And everyone will notice. “What happened to you?!” – your friends will ask you jealously. Old crushes of you will suddenly initiate contact again just to know what you’re “up to this weekend”.

The fat loss after this stage will come slowly if you haven’t been obese to start with. The goal at this stage is to have created a rock-solid habit out of your gym and eating patterns.

Then you don’t have to worry about the Yo-Yo effect.

Conclusion

“You changed my life!”

The same teenager took me aside at a Monday evening. He had his first date the weekend prior. Apparently it went well.

In the whole time frame we worked together, he built up more than 10 kilograms of muscles. It took him more than 2 years. Yet I’m sure if you’d ask him today, he would tell you that it was all worth it.

Focus on the things that you can control. Losing fat or building muscles might be an overwhelming task to start out with. We have to delay our innate need for instant gratification and focus on the things that we can control.

Changing our genetic blueprint or the responses our muscles have to the training stimulus is not in our hands. But training at least 2 times per week, eating the right foods and setting the right goals and expectations is.

Featured photo credit: Arthur Edelman via unsplash.com

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