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How to Become A Morning Exerciser

Waking up early to exercise is not on many people’s list of fun-things- to-do. But there’s something to be said in favour of early-bird workouts. Exercising earlier in the day has been proven to improve one’s quality of sleep. Plus, working out in the A.M. means that you are less likely to skip exercise due to schedule changes later in the day. These simple tips will help you to (finally!) kick off the bed sheets and get to work towards the toned bod of your dreams.

Rude Awakening

Is your wake-up alarm a sweet tune more suited to gently rouse a sleeping baby? You need to change it. For that extra motivation to leave the warmth of your bed, you need a super-annoying alarm. Place the alarm away from the bed so that you will have to get out of bed to switch it off.

Pack Your Gear

Knowing that the task of packing your gym gear is waiting might give you an excuse to skip your workout. Get rid of the mental barrier by packing your gym clothes, sneakers, watch, earphones and water before going to bed the night before. This way, you’ll be ready and out the door in minutes.

Light it Up

You are unlikely to go back to bed with bright lights or natural light streaming into the room. So, sleep with your curtains open or cracked enough for that ray of sunshine to get you right in the eyes.

Buddy Up

Finding an accountability partner will keep you motivated to get out of bed and hit the gym. Your accountability partner doesn’t have to be your bestie; it can be someone you met at the gym or even a Facebook buddy.

See Red

Red is a colour that is known to excite the mind and enhance athletic performance. According to a study by the University of Rochester, seeing the colour red makes your muscles move faster and with more force, burning more calories. Wear red workout clothes to give your morning workout a boost.

Treat Yourself

Have a delicious, healthy breakfast waiting for you after your workout. Try a blended smoothie with greens, protein powder and frozen berries or a parfait with granola, yogurt and fresh fruit.

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