Here in Australia, the weather has definitely taken a turn. The mornings are getting cooler, it’s darker earlier and I can definitely notice a lack of motivation happening to get my usual morning workout in. But sometimes you just NEED to get it done in the morning. I know that some days the motivation can be hard especially after a long day at work in the cooler months all we want to do is go home and curl up on the couch. So if this is YOU then you need to find a way to try and get it all done in the morning. Here are some tips that I have put together for you so you can make sure you don’t miss a workout in the cooler months.
Know exactly what time you need to get up to get going without having to rush like a crazy person. Even though it’s an AM workout you still want to enjoy it without cutting it short to rush to get ready for work. Once it’s locked into your schedule it helps create a routine and the more you do it, it becomes easier.
If you are anything like me then you tend to hit the snooze button one too many times. I set 2 alarms within 10minutes of each other. The first one wakes me up and the second one lets me know I need to get up and out of bed and get going.
Pack your bag, lay out your outfit and pre-make your breakfast the night before. If you have everything ready to go you know it’s all there waiting for you and you can just get ready and go out the door.
Our ancestors would go to bed when the sun set and wake up when the sun rises so Getting to bed at a reasonable hour is essential for next day performance. so make sure you get to bed on time to make sure you are fresh for the morning. Getting an average of 8 hours sleep a night will also help with muscl recovery, which means you will start to see results quicker.
If you plan your workout the day before then you will know exactly what to do when you get in the gym in the morning. Make sure you do something that you actually enjoy but is challenging at the same time. If it’s a class that gets you going then great or cardio or weights or a circuit at home, whatever floats your boat, the most important thing is that it gets you get up and going.
Tag with a friend on some of your mornings especially later in the week where motivation can slowly deteriorate. I can guarantee you if you know you have someone waiting for you then it will jump start you right out of bed because you won’t want to let them down. Plus training with a buddy can make it more fun!
Nothing motivates me like seeing my progress. I do this once per week on the scales and with measurements. So keep accountable to someone whether it’s a friend or a PT that you check-in with weekly. You can even keep a diary or spreadsheet of your own progress but if you have someone or something to be accountable to then will be sure to never miss a workout.
"There is no such thing as bad weather, there are just bad clothing choices," Zanna Van Dijk, the personal trainer and fitness blogger says. "If you are heading outdoors then you should invest in some good quality winter activewear. I mean thermal leggings, gloves, headbands – the lot! It makes outdoor training much more comfortable and reduces the risk of catching a chill."