I’m an early morning workout girl. If I wait to do it later in the day, it won’t happen. I know this about myself after years of justifying not exercising first thing.
Not everyone likes to wake early to get your body moving but since I’m an early morning convert, I have found the best way to start my day is by getting my body moving.
As a mom of three, exercise not only helps to lose all the stubborn baby weight but it provides me the energy I need to tackle my day and chase after my kids.
Exercising first thing in the morning is something that doesn’t just happen, you have to make a plan and be prepared to get your body and mind moving in the early hours of the day, especially if you haven’t ever tried to work out early before.
Today I’ve sharing 6 tips to make your morning workout better and to help motivate you to actually do it!
1. Set My Clothes Out the Night Before
Part of my evening routine is preparing the for next day and that includes taking a few minutes to lay out my exercise clothes. This way I’m not digging through a dark closet or potentially waking any sleeping children.
I know some go as far as sleeping in their workout clothing but I don’t do that. Having them laid out, along with my water bottle and exercise equipment, makes waking up early to exercise much easier.
2. Hydrate First Thing
Sleeping dehydrates you so it’s so important to hydrate before you start working out. When I wake up the first thing I do is head straight for the kitchen to drink a glass of water. It helps my body wake up.
3. Warm Up & Stretch
It’s tempting to get to the actual workout itself, especially if time is a factor, but it’s so important to take some time to warm up and do some gentle stretches to get your blood flowing and your body moving. Plus warming up prevents injury which is something we always want to avoid!
Once your workout is complete, take some time to stretch and do a cool down before you go about the rest of your day.
4. Drink More Water
It’s so important to stay hydrated not only while you workout but also afterwards too. Your body just released a lot of sweat and energy, so you need to replenish it with water. I tend to stay away from sports drinks because nothing is as good for you as pure water.
5. Eat a Snack
I don’t eat breakfast until later in the morning with my children but after I workout I like to eat a small snack. Contrary to popular belief, eating after you just worked out won’t counteract the work you just did as long as you choose a wise snack to refuel with.
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6. Bask in the Glory that You Did Something Good For Yourself!
Not many people make it a priority to start the day exercising but you did and that’s pretty amazing! It might be something you can check off your to-do list but by committing to exercise several times a week you are taking your health into your own hands.
People who exercise regularly, drink plenty of water and eat well are generally more healthy in general with less stress, better sleep, healthy body weight and are more self confident. Even if you aren’t a morning person and the idea of working out first thing just isn’t feasible, these are still great tips to keep your body healthy and moving regardless the time of day!
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What are your best tips to make your workouts even better?
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