BECOME A MORNING WORK OUT PERSON WITH THESE TIPS
To wake up energized in the morning it requires a plan, repetition, and a reward system. If you hit the gym first thing in the morning, it allows you to have free time for pleasure after you get off work! Here are some tips to help you become a lean, mean, gym going machine!
Prep the night before
Pick out your clothes, prepare your meals, and get your gym bag ready the night before. Then in the morning, all you have to do is wake up, shower, and head out the door! Plan to succeed instead of planning to fail.
Set multiple alarms
No one really enjoys having an alarm set to wake them up in the morning. Usually the first alarm always goes to snooze or is even turned off. This is a bad habit! Always be sure to set multiple alarms so that you are not late or running behind. When you start your day behind, you will be playing catch up for the rest of the day. Try setting at least 3 alarms with some of your favorite tunes!
Wake up early
It can be hard to wake up early, but as the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. The most successful people in the world wake up early and most likely will be more productive in those few key hours then you will be throughout your entire day. Join the early riser club!
While you sleep, your body becomes dehydrated. Be sure to have a glass of water right when you get out of bed. This will leave you refreshed and rehydrated, ready to start your day!
Lemon is a natural detox. Be sure to add lemon either to your water or include it somewhere in your day to help you feel fresh and energized. It also helps the digestive system, acts as a natural diuretic, and helps to balance your PH. This does not mean you can have as many lemon heads as you want Fresh lemons only!
Eat something to start your day
Get something in your stomach when you wake up. Either an apple, banana, or some type of fruit. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Try and eat something healthy that will also help jumpstart your metabolism.
Eat a treat
Have some type of food to look forward to eating in the morning. It could be your favorite protein shake, oatmeal, or coffee drink! Anything to help motivate you to get out of bed and get moving!
Listen to music
Create a morning playlist or turn on your favorite music or talk radio station. Start dancing or moving around to get your blood flowing! This is a great way to get your day started and will help get your body prepped and ready for the gym.
I know this seems like a given, but caffeine is a great way to rev your body up before the gym so you end up working out harder. Try and have some type of coffee or espresso drink about 30 minutes before your workout. You will see a difference in your energy level and performance!
It's important to eat some type of second meal post-workout. It could be a protein shake or protein bar, anything to help you regenerate your muscles after a work out.
Go to bed early
If you go to bed early, you will be able to wake up earlier. Go figure? If you know you have to squeeze in a workout before work, go to bed instead of trying to catch up on all those TV shows you are behind on. Set a bedtime that permits sufficient sleep, your body needs it!
Don't let mornings bring you down
Mornings are a fresh start to a new day. Before getting out of bed, try and take a few deep breaths to help you transition from sleep to being up and going. You might also want to think about 3 things you are grateful for or look at yourself in the mirror and say a few things you like about yourself. These things can help boost your self-esteem and self-confidence for the day. Stay positive, determined, and consistent!