In the Morning
- Do whatever you need to do to get out of bed. This is what it all comes down to, and it'll involve some trial and error. I know some people who put their alarm clock or phone across the room so they have to literally get up to turn it off, or they set cheerful phrases for their alarm titles. Neither of those have worked for me; I just have to repeat, "Get up, it'll be worth it!" to myself over and over.
- Find your "sweet spot" alarm. Experiment to see how long it takes for you to actually get up after your alarm rings. If you need to hit snooze once or twice, build that time into the routine. If I'm getting up at 5:15 a.m., I set my alarm for 5, knowing that I'll need another few minutes to doze. If you're a serial snooze-pusher, try setting an alarm for the last possible minute. Knowing that you have no time to waste can be the push you need to get out of bed.
- Make yourself as comfortable as possible when you're getting ready. Do things to tell your body, "Hey, it's OK that we're awake right now." If it's cold in your house, pull on a warm coat before you brush your teeth. If you're too tired to stand up, sit down while you put your clothes on. Play music. Make this early morning as enjoyable for yourself as you can.
- Once you're up, don't stop moving. This is where I really struggle. I'll get out of bed, brush my teeth, make my bed, and — this is the fatal mistake — sit down to check my phone. I lost 15 minutes doing this yesterday morning. Again, use your momentum. Once you're standing and moving around, don't stop until you're out the door.
- Eat a small breakfast, if it helps. I used to love having a banana with peanut butter before a morning workout. I've been playing around with intermittent fasting recently, though, and have found that I feel a lot better during a workout when I don't eat beforehand. Do whatever feels right for you. (And if you opt for eating, remember to choose only the best pre-workout foods.)