How to Become a Morning Workout Person

How to become a morning workout person.

I get asked a lot how do I wake up so early to workout.

I’m always been one of those super annoying people that can jump out of bed and be ready to workout to matter how early it is and what season. My body is just naturally set to be a morning person. I think it’s in my genetic make up. Growing up, my dad would say the day was half over if you slept past 7 a.m. And no, I did not grow up on a farm.

When I went to college, I always chose the early morning classes. That was great for me but not so great for my roommate who thought an 11 a.m. class was early. Looking back, I think it was living with her that made me loathe the snooze alarm so much. I’ve never once touched the snooze button and never will. She would always vow that she was going to wake up early to workout, study or some other go-getter morning activity but then would proceed to hit the snooze alarm over and over and over and over again.

I had visions of throwing the alarm clock out the window of our 4th story dorm room.

But I understand that not everyone is like me. I mean if you asked me to workout at 6 p.m. or to go running at 10 p.m., I’d think you were nuts. My pajamas are most likely on at 6 p.m., especially during the winter. So the odds of a workout happening in the evening for me? Slim to none.

If you are a night owl, making the switch to early morning runs is going to be rough. I’m not going to lie – you’ll probably hate it. BUT if you make a gradual switch, you may find it you will actually enjoy it.

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Plan, plan and plan some more. Set out your clothes the night before. Plan what you are doing for your workout. If you are strength training, know what exercises you will be doing. If you are running, know the distance, pace and route of which you’ll run. No matter if I do a basement workout or a road run, I always plan what I’m doing the night before. Or at least have a general idea of what I want to accomplish.

To take it a step further, I’ve even slept in my workout clothes. It saves time when you can roll out of bed fully dressed and ready to work it.

Go to bed early. Make sure you are in bed by 10 p.m. at the latest. Don’t get sucked into electronics. Leave your phone across the room (or don’t even bring it in your room), don’t turn on the TV. For me, those will keep me up later than I should be.

Do NOT hit snooze. That button should have never been invented in my opinion. Besides being the most annoying sound ever, laying in bed an extra 5 or 10 minutes won’t do anything for you. Seriously. Get rid of the snooze alarm now. It’s just an enabler!

Set your alarm for 20-30 minutes earlier than you normally wake up. Continue setting your alarm 10-20 minutes earlier every day until you reach the  wake up time you want. Baby steps are best if you don’t want to be the grouchiest person ever.
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Get dressed in the bathroom. Or at least away from sleeping family members so you don’t have any grumpy spouses or early bird kiddos who will throw a wrench in your plans. Although I think my kids have super hero hearing some days no matter how quiet I am.

Find a fellow crazy awesome morning workout person. If you know you are meeting someone, you are less likely to bail on the workout or run. If you think there’s no way anyone would want to meet to workout at zero dark thirty, think again. I’m part of an early morning Facebook running group that has people meeting up at the gym super early to run on treadmills together. Now that’s accountability!

Remember How You Feel Afterwards. I kind of get a kick of knowing that I started my day doing more than most people do their whole day. Yeah, I ran 10 miles before 6:30 a.m., what did you do?!?! Missing a workout or run in the morning makes me feel so blah the rest of the day. Getting a sweat session in first thing, sets the tone for the day. I’m more relaxed yet energized. And I don’t have to stress about how I’m going to squeeze in a workout in between meetings, appointments and family obligations later in the day.

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Be persistent. On average it takes 21 days to form a new habit. If you don’t fully commit to making this new habit, it won’t stick. The good news is that if you stick with it, you’ll see that it will get easier and easier.

And soon you’ll be another annoying morning workout person.

Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday and the Coaches’ Corner.

When is your perfect workout/run time?  In a perfect world, 7 or 8 a.m. would be just right.




20 comments on “How to Become a Morning Workout Person

  1. Hear it all started with fear :-)
    After our daughter I KNEW if I didnt get up and GIT TO IT I might not have time for me later.
    SO I GOT UP :-)
    and I never stopped.

  2. I think it’s incredibly hard for people who are not “naturally” morning people to make the shift. I know because my husband is one of them. If he has an 8am work call he’s all “well, I guess I won’t be working out.” WHAT? But, he often sneaks in a quick cardio session at 7pm or later when I could never do that…I mean, I could but I might fall asleep or get stomach cramps.
    However, since exercise is such a priority in my life, I would make it happen no matter what…which I think is the point to this post. :-) I’m just so glad I AM a morning person and can wake up and get it done!
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    1. Ron is totally NOT a morning workout person. Unless it’s after 8 a.m., then it’s ok. But anything before that? Forget it. But he can go to the gym after work or at 7 p.m. no problem. Meanwhile, I’m ready for bed. But if that was the only time I could workout, you are exactly right, I’d get it done!

  3. I have never been a morning person either, especially when it comes to working out. But now I teach all my gym classes in the morning and I feel like I have so much of the day left after I am done. I still do take the occasional nap though.

  4. I have definitely been on both ends of this spectrum! These days I am a morning girl too. I love to get my long runs and workouts DONE, have the rest of the day for work and family stuff, and early to bed! If I’m up past 10 pm it’s a miracle, haha!
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  5. I started working out in the morning about two years ago. Setting my clothes out and thinking about how I’ll feel after always get me through. I also like consistency. I know hitting snooze for another hour isn’t going to make me feel any better so I might as well get up and moving.

    1. Me too! When I can’t workout in the morning now, I feel like I have workout dread for the rest of the day. I know an afternoon run/workout is going to suck!

  6. I’m all about the early AM workouts too. It was all about getting into the habit first then it was easy enough to keep on going. Nothing better than the feeling of getting it done before the sunrise!

  7. I’m a morning workout person, but my morning is not nearly as early as yours!! I’m happy if I can get started by 6:30 or 7… maybe sometime I’ll be able to do the 5 am or earlier workouts!

  8. Being persistent is key! I’m a morning workout person on the weekeneds. I start work too early during the week to be a morning person, but I love the feeling of accomplishing a workout before starting my day!

  9. I’m a morning runner, although I usually work for a bit with a snack and coffee and don’t start my run until 7 or 8. Recently I’ve been doing more 6 AM runs and I love them. I’ve been a morning runner for years and now I can’t easily run in the later in the day – it definitely becomes a habit!

  10. I’m kind of night owl and an early bird, believe it or not. I need to get back to my early morning routine…I nailed many 5:00AM runs (getting up at 4:30ish) last fall when I was training for my marathon. I’m glad the days are starting to (slowly) get longer…

  11. I’m right there with ya. Though in college I was probably the one hitting snooze. Which is odd because in high school I was an early riser and after college I was (still am) an early riser.

    6 pm for pjs? YUP! 4 pm if I’m lucky. :)

    1. College messed me up on time too. I did sleep in more often during those years. I think maybe I even slept till noon once. But then again, I didn’t go to bed until 7 a.m. :)

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