Morning exercise is a great way to start the day and gives you loads of energy so you can get through your work day with a little extra spring in your step. All you need to do is develop a simple routine each morning and soon it will become second nature. There’s an old saying that if you do the same thing for 21 straight days, it becomes a habit. I’ve tried this and it definitely works.
The hardest part of any new routine is starting; and in this case, it means the very first morning. Don’t linger in bed, but really force yourself to get up. Here are some tips to help get you out of bed in the morning:
- Place your alarm clock farther than arm’s length away. This forces you to actually get out of bed to turn it off, which makes hitting the snooze that much harder!
- Go to the bathroom, splash some water on your face, and quickly change into your workout clothing, which you laid out the previous evening.
- Whether you are going to the gym, running, or walking around your neighborhood, make sure to stretch for at least five minutes. This will get your blood flowing and warm you up a bit, especially if it’s chilly out. Visit Womenshealth.org for some sample stretches that everyone can benefit from.
Now that you’re out of bed, try and run, walk, or do gym exercises for around 30 minutes. Less time is fine at the beginning. But eventually, challenge yourself to make it at least 30 minutes most days of the week. The most important thing is to listen to your body and avoid pushing yourself too hard.
It may seem like a daunting task, but give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised! How do you get moving in the morning?