I’ve written before about why I love morning workouts and how I include them in my morning ritual. I believe that the morning is a fantastic time to exercise, especially if you’re busy and your schedule is hectic. The reason is simple: getting your workout done in the morning is the only way to make sure it actually gets done. Otherwise, your day may get in the way of your plans and you may end up not working out at all.
In this post I want to give you a few tips to make your morning workouts better. Not everything may fit your own routine. I write from my own experience. However, you will be able to tweak my suggestions until they’re a perfect for you.
1. Wake Up Early
I’m not telling you how early. This is a personal decision and depends on the sort of workout you want to do. You need to get up early enough to have time to do your complete workout in a calm manner, take a shower afterward, have breakfast, and get ready for the rest of your day. Don’t skimp on your workout time. Have sufficient margins to be sure you have enough time to complete your entire workout.
2. Get Your Family On Board
There are plenty of things vying for your time in the morning: getting your kids up, getting breakfast on the table, making sure the house is in order, etc. If you allow these things to encroach on your workout time, it will never get done. So, explain to your family that this is important to you, that you need their cooperation and support.
3. Know What You’re Going To Do
Having a workout plan is crucial regardless of the time-of-day in which you train. In the morning, it is even more important as you are usually strapped for time. You want your workout to flow and you want to be sure that you don’t forget any exercise. Have a plan with all the exercises you want to do in the order in which you want to perform them.
4. Not The Time For Super-Hard Workouts
There’s a time for doing exhausting workouts. The early morning hours on a workday is not one of them. Your morning workout should invigorate you, give you energy, not drain you of it. I applaud your desire to push yourself hard during your workouts, but don’t over do it.
5. Cardio Is Great In The Morning
If fat loss is your goal, then doing cardio in the morning is recommended. Studies show that performing cardio in the morning, before eating breakfast burns more fat than if it is performed at other times of the day.
6. Include Some Relaxation
Morning is a time filled with tension. Before you allow all the anxiety of your busy day engulf you, take a few moments and build a wall of relaxation to keep it at bay. I recommend taking a few minutes for relaxation and meditation exercises. You can do this before or after your workout. It works either way.