Working Out in the Morning: A Night Owl’s Guide

If you fall into the category of non-morning person you will truly understand the difficulty of waking up early to work out. Besides sleeping on a bed of nails, hiring someone to pour cold water on your head, or drinking a gallon jug of coffee there are a few tricks you can employ to make morning exercise a regular part of your routine.  The key is planning and preparedness.

Allow yourself extra time in the morning

Let’s face it, the morning is already full of excuses not to work out, so don’t let time be one of them.  Setting your alarm clock 15 to 20 minutes before you need to start working out gives you time to get dressed and drink a cup of coffee before embarking on this monumental task.

Lay your clothes and shoes out the night before

Getting your clothes out of the dresser drawer may seem like a very simple task, until you try to do it in the dark while half asleep.  This also prevents you from realizing all of your workout clothes are still wet in the washer at 6 AM.

Invest in a coffee maker with a timer

Like getting your clothes out of the drawer in the dark, putting together your morning cup of joe too early can seem like a daunting task.  Investing in an automatic coffee maker with a timer can increase your chances of waking up to work out.  And, if you needed any more incentive to drink the liquid gold, recent research has shown caffeine to increase exercise performance.

Have your playlist ready to go

Exercising in the morning isn’t exactly something the night owl in you looks forward to.  Something as simple as filling a playlist with your favorite music can give you the extra incentive to get yourself out of bed.

Get going

At the risk of sounding like Nike, just do it already.  This is the hardest, but most important step.  Who knows, you may even try it again and your body and mind will definitely thank you for it.

Please feel free to share comment with any tips and tricks that make your morning workout easier to do.



3 thoughts on “Working Out in the Morning: A Night Owl’s Guide

  1. I sometimes run in the mornings before school, and I always make sure to place my alarm out of reach, so I’ll have to get out of bed to turn it off. Having everything ready, clothes, shoes, water etc, I find also to be very helpful:)

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  2. I became a morning person 3 years ago when I adopted a dog. Nothing gets you out of bed like a dog ready to do his business. It’s been about a year since I got out of that habit, though. I desperately want to transition back to a morning person, but insomnia usually gets in the way. I’m going to try some of your techniques to see if I can get back in the morning groove.

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