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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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Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Last Updated on February 24, 2021

How to Find Workout Motivation When You Hate Exercise

How to Find Workout Motivation When You Hate Exercise

It’s easy to fall into a mindset where you hate exercise. It does, indeed, demand a lot from you. You have to use special clothes, develop a routine and exercise habit, get out of the comfort of your own home, and wear yourself out to the point where you just want to collapse into bed. Fortunately, while there are a lot of reasons to dislike exercise, there are even more reasons to love it.

If you want to stop hating exercises and making excuses to avoid it, here’s how to tackle each one of those exercise excuses, get into action, and give your body the attention it craves.

1. You Don’t Have to Exercise 30 Minutes Each Day to Get Results

Most of us have a number that we think we should hit in order to exercise “enough.” For some people, this is the daily recommended minimum of 30 minutes. For others, it’s 45 minutes of weight-training plus another 45 minutes of cardio.

I’m not going to put up a fight with your number here. What I am going to do is challenge your idea of starting with that number right away. You see, even though 30 minutes a day might not seem like a lot, 30 minutes a day for the next 5 years is actually too much for your habitual brain to process.

So yes, everyone can do 30 minutes of daily exercise for one week. But how many people can do that for the next 5 years?

Starting small has the advantage of bypassing your brain’s fight-or-flight response, the mechanism that make you sabotage yourself when you are trying to do something that seems “big” for too long and makes you hate exercise.

This way, instead of mindlessly starting with an exercise program, you focus on building the habit first, and then once you are exercising a little bit every day, you are ready to expand how much exercise you do.

2. You Don’t Have to Force Yourrself to Do It

If you have to force yourself to do it, then there is a 90% chance that you are doing it wrong, and you will never stick to exercise.

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Some people are motivated by challenges and others pushing them, while others hate it.

If you are one of the people who hate it, stop trying to change yourself, and of course, stop treating yourself as if you were one of those people who are motivated by challenges and being pushed. The more you use this approach on yourself, the more you’ll hate exercise and avoid it in the long term.

Instead, change the way you approach exercise. Stop falling into what I call the “Happiness Paradox Trap.” Instead of starting with what you think you “should do,” start with what feels good.

Maybe weight lifting and running aren’t your thing, but have you tried Zumba or Pilates classes? Maybe you hate the feel of a gym, so try getting into cycling instead. Don’t feel that there’s one right way to go about it, and do your best to make it your own.

3. You Can Regain Motivation Easily

We think that motivation is the answer to sticking to exercise. If only we wanted it enough, then we would make it happen.

However, motivation is always there. If you feel you wish you exercised more, then you are motivated to exercise. If you are not doing it, it’s not because you are not motivated. It’s because something stops you.

It might be the activated fight-or-flight response we talked about in #1. For example, when you feel that you have too much to do, the fight-or-flight response kicks in, and you do nothing.

People who have already made exercise a daily ritual don’t depend on boosting their motivation to get off the couch and exercise. They just do it, naturally, without debating it with themselves, desperately trying to get themselves into action.

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Maybe you think you need to devote 1 hour and you don’t know how to do that. Or, maybe you think you need to suffer to get results. Whatever the real reason is, find it. Only then will you be able to figure out a way to remove the obstacle that is on your way.

4. You Do Need Exercise to Lose Weight

Many people only care about their weight. Yet, our bodies are naturally wired to feel good when we move. Here is a quick list of the benefits of exercise:

  • Decreases the risk of various diseases and bad health conditions, like high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, certain types of cancer, arthritis, and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Increases longevity. Many research studies support the fact that exercise can reverse some signs of aging and reduce chances of death by any cause.[1]
  • Improves mood. Exercise does not just help depressed people; it helps everyone, even those who hate exercise. A quick workout or walk stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
  • Increases your energy levels. Regular physical activity boosts your endurance and helps your heart and lungs work more efficiently. And yes, that means more energy available for you.
  • Improves sleep. Regular physical activity can help you sleep better and fall asleep more easily, as long as you don’t exercise a couple of hours prior to bedtime.
  • Improves sex life. Erectile dysfunction? Lack of libido? Just lack of energy? Exercise may help with all of that.
  • Helps you better control your weight. Exercise helps you burn calories, plus you build muscle that generally burns more calories than fat. Exercise is a great add-on to a diet or weight maintenance plan.
  • Gets you better lab results, even if you are overweight. Did you know that an obese person who is fit, i.e., exercises regularly, will show better lab results than a thin person who never exercises?

5. Exercise Doesn’t Require All of Your Attention

Maybe you are currently busy with your work life, or you are planning a trip next week. Maybe your child just got sick and needs your constant attention. Shouldn’t you just wait until you can give exercise 100% of your attention?

This rationale once again sounds plausible, but just like the “I don’t have time” excuse, is it really true? Is not starting because you are not “ready” the best thing for you right now? Is neglecting yourself and your body for a few more weeks/months/years a good strategy?

Finally, how many months or years will you spend before you get all your ducks in a row?

6. Exercise Can Be Interesting

Most advice in response to this excuse tells you to find something that you actually like. Yet, I know that for most people, exercise itself is rarely the thing that makes you hate exercise. Having to do it for “too long” is the issue.

That’s why I said that if 30 minutes are boring, try 5 or 10.

Now, if this idea of starting small stresses you out, let me remind you the wisdom of #1–the fact that you may want to be exercising one hour a day doesn’t mean you have to start from one hour right away. You can start small, and as you feel more and more comfortable, build your way up.

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Getting into a fitness program or hiring a personal trainer for a couple of weeks can also help you find a routine that interests you.

7. You Can Rewrite the Negative Past Experiences

I understand that you came last at the sprint race when you were at school. I understand that you may feel embarrassed when you attend fitness classes. Luckily, your past does not need to define your future.

A client of mine wanted to start jogging. She started by walking around the neighborhood. Yet, she found out she felt really uncomfortable feeling that her neighbors were watching her.

She accepted that, and worked her way around it. Instead of walking around her own block, she walked around the block next to her own block, and the problem was solve. A few months later, she was already jogging 2 miles a couple of times a week.

8. Exercise Doesn’t Need To Be a Hassle

If you think you need to exercise for an hour, take a shower, and drive to the gym and back, then you have two hours gone, just like that. You might like moving your body, but you certainly don’t like having to spend all this time working out!

Luckily, exercise that gets you results doesn’t have to take all this time and scheduling brainpower.

To start, you could do something that takes less time and planning, like exercising at home. You may feel more comfortable if you get to work out within sight of your comfy sofa instead of driving 20 minutes to the nearest gym.

You can also try automating. For example, if you go to the gym after work, make sure your gym bag is ready from the day before, so you don’t have to deal with that during your busy morning.

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9. You Do Have Enough Time to Exercise

Even though we know people busier than us who actually exercise, we keep saying we are “too busy,” and we hate exercise for making us even busier.

Have you ever thought that being “busy” is actually a lie? If there are busier people than you who make it happen, then so could you. Yet, even though we acknowledge that, we still believe it’s true.

It’s time to admit that time is not the main issue. It’s probably the way your are prioritizing things, and you are afraid you’ll have to give up something else in favor of exercise. Whatever the real reason, you need to find it if you want to give your body a chance to thrive.

If you don’t know where to start when finding time to exercise, check out Lifehack’s free 4 Step Guide to Creating More Time Out of a Busy Schedule.

10. Exercise Will Not Take Time Away From Other Things

You might be worried that exercise will take too much of your time, or that you’ll need to give up another hobby or time with your family to do it.

If you don’t want to hate exercise, you must first stop making it the enemy. If it is the thing that will “stop you” from doing other things, you’ll likely never convince yourself that it’s worth it.

However, if exercise becomes the thing that will help you become healthier, be more active for your kids, and focus more at work, it then becomes a necessity that you’re willing to make room for in your life.

The Bottom Line

It can often feel natural to hate exercise. Life is already demanding a lot from us, and exercise is just one more thing we have to squeeze in. However, once you realize all of the benefits you can receive from it, it will feel less like a chore and more like the part of your day you look most forward to.

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Reference

[1] Maturitas: Exercise and longevity

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