Now that we have passed the shortest day of the year, the days are dark, short and cold, and it’s almost too easy to hit the snooze button and skip the early morning workout. If I don’t go for my run in the morning, it just won’t happen – so I have to prioritize and make sure I that do get up early..
Make sure to prepare as much as possible the evening before. I usually get my running gear ready – it helps having the appropriate clothes ready so you can get out of the door quickly.
Set your alarm for 5 minutes before you have to actually get your feet on the ground, but DON’T press snooze. The snooze button is a sure death trap and also a bad habit. Give yourself 5 minutes before getting out of bed to wake up, scroll through social media, meditate, or just give yourself a pep talk. It works!
Reward yourself!! Think about the delicious smoothie, a frothy juice you will juice yourself when you get back from your run or the cute new outfit you will be wearing. . Whatever get’s you going..
Accountability. If you have someone who is waiting for you, you are much more likely to get up! For me, my husky Troika get’s up with me and is ready for exercising every single day. If you don’t have a dog as demanding as mine, use your partner or a friend – it’s a win-win situation for the both of you! If you don’t have someone willing to get with you early in the morning, find an accountability partner you can check in with.
Schedule, schedule, schedule. If it’s not realistic for you to get up early every day, then pick 3-4 days. We all have different schedules and different goals. Be realistic and stick to a schedule that is sustainable for you. I like this saying; “Think of your workout as an important meeting you scheduled with yourself. Bosses don’t cancel!” Bam!
How do you get up at the crack of dawn??