Many exercise physiologists and trainers agree that the best time to exercise is when you can stick to it. If you want to fit exercise into your busy schedule, plan it. There is no one “best” time to work out for everyone.
Many people find it challenging to get the energy they need to exercise at the end of the day due to additional workloads, social pressures, and family commitments.
According to many experts, a morning routine seems to be the easiest to maintain. This is partly because these routines often produce more significant fat loss benefits.
If you find that morning workouts do not work well for you, try these seven tips before giving up on them.
1.) Get Your Outfit Ready the Night Before
Every little task in the morning can feel like a mountain of work when you are not feeling like leaving bed in the morning.
Make sure you have all the items you need before leaving to ensure a smooth transition into your day. This could include clothes, water bottles, shoes, and a jacket.
Make sure you take your daily supplements and have a proper breakfast each. It is recommended to have them ready before bed (if you like to meal prep) and also available on your kitchen counter for quicker access in the morning.
The more you prepare for your day, the less time and energy it takes to get moving in the morning.
2.) Prioritize Sleep
Since you have prepared for tomorrow morning, it may be tempting to stay up later since you saved time.
To optimize productivity, it is best to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Getting enough rest will help you wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
If you want to sleep better, avoid eating before bedtime. It is essential to disconnect from your phone and let yourself rest.
3.) Keep Your Goals Handy
Keeping a list of your goals handy throughout the day can help you make better decisions.
The goals you want to accomplish, write them down and keep them nearby so that I can easily refer to them. This way, you are more likely to achieve the objectives because you do not forget what’s important.
Running is a great way to start your day, but you need to have a specific goal in mind for yourself. For example, you could want to run a certain distance or time. When you know what you want, it’s easier to set goals and develop good habits. Discipline will also be easy to generate since you already have a clear plan of action in mind.
By knowing your morning routine and what choices you will make, the day will go more smoothly and help you achieve your goals.
4.) Always Have a Backup Plan
If you think preparing for your day the night before is too much work, think again.
Preparation is key to success, so having a “just in case” bag of items comes in handy.
If you find yourself in a bind, it’s always good to have a few backups. This includes items like water bottles, cash, and shoes. Additionally, some people may need snacks or protein-rich foods to stay energized throughout the day.
If something goes wrong with your original plan, having a backup plan ready will help you continue to progress despite the setback.
5.) Take Time to Relax
Some people find it difficult to relax and get into a state of mental peace. This may be because they find it hard to sit quietly and focus on their goals.
Visualizing yourself crushing a workout can help you feel a sense of accomplishment, motivating you to push yourself to make it happen.
Many people who have improved their sports performance through guided visualization have gotten into a relaxed brainwave state, called an alpha state. In this state, you can ‘feel’ what it’s like to have your desired outcome occur.
6.) Try a Different Alarm
Using a different alarm could be a better option if you want to get your workout started as soon as you wake up.
To ensure that you wake up energized and inspired, set your alarm to play the music you love. This will help you start your day on a good foot and make it more enjoyable overall.
To help get you energized for your workout, have a playlist of upbeat tunes ready to go. Research has found that playing upbeat music can increase your performance and make the experience seem more enjoyable.
7.) Watch Your Self-Talk
Exercise can be a chore when you think of it as something you must push through. Still, if you break your exercise habits and discipline yourself, eventually, the process becomes more accessible and more enjoyable.
When breaking lousy exercise habits or disciplining oneself, progress made initially may be difficult, but with consistent effort, progress can be made over time.
What you say to yourself can have a significant impact on your happiness.
You may be surprised at the things that make you unhappy and the thoughts and words that tend to bring them about. To improve your mental health, learning how your thoughts and words affect your mood is essential. By changing the way you think about negative experiences, you can combat unhappiness in its tracks.
Describing yourself as a procrastinator strengthens that neural pathway and makes it easier to relate to yourself.
Sticking to a routine can produce positive benefits, such as increased energy and daily productivity. Rather than resisting or fighting against this behavior, try telling yourself a different story in which you embrace the benefits of regular exercise. This mindset will help you stay motivated and achieve your goals.