Lets face it, if you’re not one of the lucky few that actually like waking up early, then turning up for an early morning workout may seem like a daunting and unrealistic task.
Waking up an hour or two earlier than you’re used to when it’s the only time you can fit in cardio or lifting is not always easy, but if you’re truly committed to getting fit, then it has to be done.
Below we’ve listed 7 ESSENTIAL tips to help you prepare for an early-morning workout:
Now this might seem like an obvious one, but those 10-15 minutes you spend searching for your gym gear and getting ready really add up when that time could be spent maximizing your sleep and further energising yourself for the workout.
Getting your gym gear ready may seem like an easy task, however when you’re half asleep first thing in the morning it can prove to be a challenging task. Fix this by getting your gym bag ready or lay your clothes out before you go to bed, so you don’t have to think about how to match or which shoes you need.
Just like getting your gym gear ready, food will be the last thing you want to worry about at 5 a.m. Preparing your breakfast, or making your smoothie or protein shake the night before and simply keeping it in the fridge until you need it is a simple fix that will save you precious minutes in the early hours.
Regardless of if you consider yourself a night owl and think you can get away with minimal sleep, we advise against it, there is nothing worse than feeling sluggish in the gym. Getting to bed 7-9 hours before you need to wake up is crucial to get up early for a workout.
The vast majority of us will hit the snooze button multiple times, then before you know it you’ve run out of time and its time to go to work. To counteract this we recommend setting multiple alarms.
Even though it might take up to 30 minutes to fully kick in, caffeine is a great way to get you energized for a morning workout. If you are really bad at functioning in the morning we recommend making a coffee the night before and drinking it as an iced coffee, this way you can head straight to your fridge and get that caffeine hit within minutes for waking up.
Pre workout is like the cheat code to maximising your workout and also getting up early in the morning, it will hit you like a ton of bricks if its the first thing you drink when waking up, but that may be what you need.
Once again if you are not able to function in the morning we recommend preparing your pre workout the night before and keeping it in the fridge, so you can grab it and down it within minutes of waking up.
Generally speaking, it is easier for an individual to stay on track with a fitness regime first thing in the morning because there is less time for family, evening plans, commuting, late nights in the office, and other distractions to get in the way. Fatigue from a long day can also lead to skipped evening workouts.
An important factor that needs to be considered when looking to speed up your metabolism is of course meal portions.