Not a morning person? Me neither. Although I'm not necessarily a night person, either... so let's just say I'm a gal who loves her sleep.
My day job doesn't really allow for a midday sweat, so I'm left to workout in the morning, or once I get home. Through trial & error, I've found that if it doesn't happen before work - it ain't happenin'. So here are some tips I've picked up along the way that have substantially helped my early wake-up call.
*Immediately after waking up and before ripping yourself out of bed, take a quick minute to do a body scan. It's SO important to take rest days - don't force yourself to workout if it's screaming at you to rest!!
1. Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room. Just do it. If my phone is within reach, I will unknowingly shut off my alarm in my sleep, only to wake up well after my workout class is already over.
2. Get your buns to bed EARLY! If you're trying to wake up before 7am, get to bed before midnight! If you need help falling asleep, try:
- Lighting candles
- Fuzzy socks
- Drinking herbal tea
- Melatonin (*wouldn't recommend this on a daily basis... but it's better than an intense sleep aid).
3. Lay out your clothes the night before so when you wake up, all you have to do is throw 'em on. You could even set out all the stuff to make coffee the night before too, if you're into that.
4. Find your WHY. Why are you waking up early for that workout? Is it to feel calm and focused at work? Is it because running is cheaper than therapy? Write down your why, if you need to.
5. Once the workout is over, you've got endorphins coursing through your veins - take a mental snapshot of how incredible you feel. Try really hard to remember this feeling, and when your alarm goes off the next morning, think of that!