You’re well-aware of the benefits of morning exercise—it gives your metabolism a boost, helps you stay in a consistent routine and gets your day off to a healthy start. But despite your best efforts, this morning workout thing just isn’t happening. You’re not the type whose feet hit the floor bursting with energy and ready to get the day going. Mornings are not now, nor have they ever been your most productive time of day, and past attempts to convert to a morning exerciser have been met with frustration and exhaustion.
Does this mean that if you have any chance of creating a regular routine, you’ll have to find space in your day sometime after the clock strikes noon? Not necessarily. Lots of people who never thought it was possible have found a way to make exercise a regular part of their morning routine. For some, the secret has been to prep the night before so the morning routine is as smooth and easy as possible. For others, weaning themselves off of the snooze button and getting to bed earlier has made getting up less difficult. Here’s something to keep in mind: Most morning exercisers don’t do it because they are bursting with energy as soon as the alarm goes off. They do it because they remember what it feels like to finish a morning workout and feel that sense of accomplishment. Feeling good about yourself will always drive you to come back for more.
Maybe part of your problem has been that the activities you pick aren’t ideal for someone who doesn’t hit their stride until later in the day. Some exercises are better suited to ease you into the day, so consider trying a few of these to convert you into the morning exerciser you’ve always dreamed of becoming.
- Core Workouts
- At-Home Workouts
- Full-Body Strength Training
- Something Short
- A Class at the Gym
- Anything With a Good Warmup
If packing your bag the night before, sleeping in your workout clothes, calling a buddy to meet you or posting your plans on social media haven’t provided enough motivation to get out of bed for a morning workout, perhaps it’s the type of workout that’s holding you back. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different kinds of activities to find something your body will tolerate at the crack of dawn. Although you might never love it, you’ll find that, over time, your body gets used to exercising first thing and it comes to expect the burst of energy a morning workout provides.