How to Get Out of Bed & Work Out

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You might have all the desire to hit your fitness goals, but when your alarm sounds you want nothing more than to roll back over and get some more sleep. Not everyone is a morning person and if the early hours of the day are the only time you can fit in a much-needed workout, you'll need to work extra hard to motivate yourself right away to crawl out of your comfortable bed and get to exercising.

  • Go to bed at a decent time. Allow enough time for you to fall asleep plus about eight hours to get a full night's rest. Waking up refreshed will combat any morning fatigue.

  • Plan your morning workouts in advance. Write down what type of workout you'll do, the location, length of time, equipment needed and a back-up option if the weather interferes with your plans. Pack your gym bag the night before or lay out your fitness clothes and shoes so there is less to deter you in the morning.

  • Put your alarm clock out of arm's reach. It's easy to hit the snooze button and fall back asleep if your alarm is right next to where you sleep. Place your clock on a dresser across the room or in the next room on high volume. Getting out of bed is the first step to getting your body going in the morning and it will decrease the likelihood that you'll fall back asleep.

  • Get some light first thing in the morning. Open your curtains to let sunlight in; light is a signal to your brain that it's time to wake up and start the day.

  • Ask a friend to work out with you a few times a week. Making a commitment to yourself is one thing, but having a workout buddy can motivate you to get moving when the alarm goes off.

  • Start moving right away. When you get out of bed do a couple of jumping jacks, walk around your house for a few minutes or do some high knees to get the blood flowing and to wake up.

  • Drink a tall glass of cold water first thing in the morning. The cold temperature will help wake you up while also hydrating and energizing your body.

  • Sign up for an exercise class at your local gym. Making a time commitment to a group of fellow morning athletes will make you stick to your guns. This also takes out any guesswork about what you'll be doing in the morning.

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