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15 Little Tricks: More Willing To Workout In The Morning

15 Little Tricks: More Willing To Workout In The Morning

If you already have a daily workout habit, why not look into maximizing its benefit just by simply readjusting the order of your routine. Working out in the morning gives you the opportunity to breathe in the morning air as well as organize your thoughts to start a new day refreshed and energized.

1. Set several alarms 

The night before, make sure to set up at least 4 different alarms with a five minute gap in between.

2. Set the alarms on your phone with a motivational quote

Make sure to include a message with your set alarms. Remind yourself why it is important to get up early with an inspirational quote. Reading the wise and motivational quotes will trigger your subconscious and motivate you to get out of bed.

3. Eat dinner 2 hours before sleeping

Allow yourself at least 2 hours between the time you finish dinner and when you go to bed.

4. Avoid drinking alcohol at dinner

Do not go beyond a single glass of wine during dinner. Furthermore, avoid eating heavy food or lots of fat during dinner prior to an early workout.

5. Prepare your clothes the night before

Prepare what you will wear for your morning workout and everything that you will need to ensure a smooth transition leading up to the morning workout.

6. Plug in your power song as soon as you wake up.

Treat yourself! Motivate yourself! Make sure to put in some headphones as you get out of bed and listen to your power song to pump up your desire to workout.

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7. Visualize a better future

Visualize yourself enjoying the morning workout, before as you fall asleep. You will feel the immediate effects as you complete it and the long term benefits that visualization can contribute to your health and life.

8. Have a workout plan

Clearly define your morning routine. Plan out all the different exercises that you will be doing or the running routes that you will run, to minimize the amount of decisions that need to be made in the morning.

9. Set goals

Create a long-term plan to sustain the habit of getting up early. Read your goals out loud in the morning before leaving the house for the workout.

10. Make it a habit

Have a regular schedule. There is no better way to never miss a morning workout than to incorporate it into your daily routine. This might be hard for world travelers, but making it part of your routine can be one of the best ways to never again miss a morning workout.

11. Involve a partner

It is always more fun to do things with a partner. By convincing a friend, neighbor, or a family member to join you in your morning exercise will make it a more fruitful experience and will make you feel more responsible to not miss the morning workout.

12. Join a class

A morning class can make sports fun, as you wake up to different exercise and nice music. Also, making it a habit can bring you the necessary pressure in case you don’t have a partner to workout with.

13. Jog or ride a bike to your workout location 

Starting the day with a little movement before arriving to your gym or workout location can make the morning exercise less painful as your body slowly warms up and adjusts.

14. Cool down after your workout

Use the time after your workout when you feel relaxed and energized to stretch and cool down. As you relax, you foster positive vibes and create great synergy to sustain the rest of the day.

15. Run from your house

This is great for those who don’t want to miss their morning routine, but have a tight schedule. Create a running route from your house. You can easily enjoy a nice 30 minute morning jog with only waking up 35 minutes earlier than if you don’t do it.

Featured photo credit: Biker Sunrise/ Chris Martin via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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