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How to Prep For a Morning Workout

Prep For Your Workout the Night Before

Morning workouts are perfect for people who prefer getting it over with before work. But if you're like me, you end up wasting time running around your house searching for things, when you should be out running! These time-saving tips will take minutes to do the night before, but they'll save you time in the morning, making that a.m. workout more likely to happen.

  • Hand wash your sports bra in the shower after your workout so it's clean and dry for the next day. This not only saves you time in the laundry room, but it'll also make your sports bra last longer.
  • If you need to wash more than your unmentionables, throw in a load of laundry to clean smelly socks, towels, and tank tops.
  • Lay out your workout clothes and gear before bed. Be sure to think of everything you need and put it all in one place including your wicking underwear and sports bra, tank top, shorts, socks, sneaks, sunglasses, hat, headband, sunscreen, iPod, headphones, yoga mat, your dog's leash — anything and everything you'll need.

Keep reading for more time-saving tips for morning workouts.

  • If you're working out at a gym or studio, pack it all in your gym bag and leave it by the door. Be sure to throw in anything you'll need after your workout like toiletries, makeup case, work clothes, and shoes.
  • Prepare your pre- and post-workout snacks. Smear some peanut butter on a slice of bread, make a container of sliced cheese and crackers, or wash and cut up some apples paired with raw almonds.
  • If you're following along to a fitness DVD at home, stick it in the DVD player so it's ready to go. Be sure to gather all the gear you'll need including dumbbells, a resistance band, and a mat.
  • Charge all the gear you'll need including your iPod or GPS.
  • Fill up your water bottle and throw it in the fridge so you can quickly grab frosty cold water for your workout.
  • Call up your workout buddy to iron out the details of where and when you'll meet in the morning.
  • If you're taking a class, double-check the schedule to make sure you've got the time right. If it's a new place, make sure you have directions.
  • Set your alarm. It'd be a shame to do all this prep work and sleep through your workout!
Join The Conversation
Karla773 Karla773 6 years
Great idea on packing the snacks too! I find myself wanting to eat right after a morning work out.
cg130 cg130 8 years
Good reminders...I should start doing this, it will make my morning less hectic, lol.
Sexymixer Sexymixer 8 years
I totally agree with this! It's so much better for me if I plan it the night before and set it by the door!
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I've started doing this and it helps you out so much. You're much more encouraged to work out this way! I also love working out in the morning because there's no way I'll want to work out at 8:30 PM and it also sets a tone at the start of my day. Oh yes, and I'm much less tempted to splurge on my diet during the day because I keep thinking about how hard I worked out. :)
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
I too, try to put my stuff in the bathroom the night before.. then I can just wander in there bleary eyed, and get ready. This is also why I wear my glasses to the gym.. no way I'm going to put in my contact that early! I should try to remember the water bottle thing though, that's a good idea. I sip half of a yourgurt smoothie on my way out the door, so no prep there! Great ideas fit.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I do this just about every night. I lay out my workout clothes and my shoes in the bathroom. That way, I wake up, go to the bathroom, then change into my gear and get going and I don't really have to think much about it.
soccerkim soccerkim 8 years
Totally agree that it helps prevent scrambling around when you're groggy in the a.m. I always pick my clothes out and prepare recovery drinks the night before.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
So essential. I started doing this when I started working, because otherwise there was no way a workout was going to happen at 5:30 a.m.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
I have a planner that outlines each day's workout and when I'm doing a gym class or the gym, I have it prepared the night before so I can just grab it and go! So much easier!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
so smart! I also will mark when and what type of exercise I'm doing in my planner
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