Becoming a morning workout person... trying to

Alarm goes off, snooze. Alarm goes off again, snooze. Alarm goes off a third, fourth, fifth time, snooze. Next thing you know it’s already time to get ready for work and you’re running way behind schedule. Does this sound like you? Well, it’s definitely me. Every. Single. Morning. And I know I’m not the only one.

So whenever I get off the whole morning routine and I struggle to get back on track. It’s a horrible struggle. Hitting that snooze button just feels way too good! Here are the things I do to help get me going in the morning again:

1 - Prep the night before

    Clothes out (or on if you don’t mind sleeping in your workout clothes).

2 - If you need preworkout, or caffeine of any kind, have it prepped the night before. Water bottle filled, container next to it.

3 - Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room. Like as far as possible where you can still hear it.

    Hint: Mine is way far away. Like WAY far!

4 - Multiple alarms

    For example, mine are set at 3:30am, 3:45am, 4am, 4:15am and that’s it. If I’m not up by 4:15am it goes every 5 minutes. It took awhile to set it up on my phone, but man it’s effective. And it pisses everyone off in the house. So I have to shut it off before my daughter or my grandma hears it.

5 - Tell yourself over and over again that you will workout in the morning, seriously. Every night before I go to bed, especially when it’s a struggle to even get started, I tell myself over and over again for about five minutes “You will train tomorrow morning. Or you’re not allowed to play Assassins Creed for a week.” Needless to say… I’m not allowed to play for a month now.

6 - Have a reward system. As I said above, Assassins Creed is my weakness. If I train for an hour, I get thirty minutes of game time. If I work for three hours on my site, I get an hour of game time. Obviously these things don’t cost money. They’re free. Just time consuming.

7 - When you get up in the morning, before thinking about hitting snooze, do push ups and squats. Get that blood pumping! This works on people who are coordinated in the morning or if you don’t have cats. Mine like to jump on my back and dig their nails in.

8 - Go to bed at a decent hour. On top of my hundreds of alarms that go off every morning, I have one that goes off at 9:30pm every day. To tell my ass to put down the controller, or the computer, and go to bed. It also helps to not be on any electronics before bed.  

These are just things that help me. Obviously, people have their own ways. The main part is, you need to keep going. No matter what. Because once you stop training early in the morning, getting started again is a real bitch.

What are ways that help you wake up early in the morning? Please! I need more ideas!

Kristy Kronas is a Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book being published this fall! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. Watch out for her new venture this March when she launches a daily podcast called the 'Daily Donut.' If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!



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