I won’t lie to you. I’m not a poster child for early morning workouts. In fact, more times than not, I'm half-awake at 6 a.m. fighting the urge to grab five more minutes of sleep when I should be lacing up for a run.
Sometimes no matter how many pep talks you give yourself, it’s seems like it’s just not happening.
Personally, no matter how difficult it seems, I don’t believe that we simply cannot do something. Given the right amount of dedication, commitment and alarm clocks, we can do anything we put our minds to.
Thus, for those of you that set a goal and believe you can do it, I'm going to start with some tough love. It won't happen overnight, and if it does, good for you, please share your secret.
For the rest of us, here are some tips and tricks for turning yourself into a lean mean, morning workout machine (at least for part of the week).
1) Start slow
Since you’re still reading, you have come to terms that this won’t happen overnight, which is totally fine. Be easy on yourself and take small victories.
Get out of bed a half hour early? Awesome. Be happy for success not matter how small!
By the same token, don't reward yourself for every small victory. Give yourself a pat on the back for one 30-minute morning run and save the reward of new running shoes for when you're able to drag yourself out of bed for an entire month of workouts.
2) Turn on a light
Just because the sun's not up, doesn't mean you don't have to be. Turn on a light, play some music and even if you're going to check your Twitter feed for five minutes while laying in bed, your body is waking up.
Also, spend a half hour once a week downloading some new music. Nothing wakes you up like a new song you're completely obsessed with.
Are you running long distances? Podcasts are a lifesaver! From motivational running tips to laugh-out-loud comedy, these 30-minute to 1-hour shows will distract you for miles.
3) Drink water
You want your body to stop feeling sluggish as soon as possible. Drink water and hydrate. It's that simple.
4) Go to sleep early