15 Steps to Becoming a Morning Exerciser

Exercising every morning is a New Years Resolution the majority of people have on their list year after year. And yet, come February 1st, most people find that this is the one goal that goes unrealized, for many different reasons. Many people don’t enjoy waking up early, and there are some who think that waking up at 5 or 6 AM every morning to exercise would be a literal nightmare.

Here are a few tips that will help you see success in the morning workout game:

Be realistic in your expectations

First of all, it’s not realistic to expect that you’ll wake up every morning ready to go. Even if you’re already used to getting up early, your body still needs time to rest after strenuous activity. Only you know what your body needs, and it’s important to listen when your body is telling you that it’s under strain because of your workout regime.

Although some researchers suggest 2-3 times a week for some workouts, it really depends on your level of intensity. Give yourself a break every now and then.

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Pick an activity you love

It’s difficult to get up in the morning if you don’t love what you’re doing. The key is to recognize what your body needs, and what you enjoy doing, and try to find what activities live in that intersection.

Need to work on your stamina but hate running? Try swimming! Next time your morning routine is in a rut, check out some local places who do something a little different, like a boxing gym, a swimming club, or an axe-throwing arena! Don’t force yourself to do something that you hate.

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Choose the right time of morning

Some people thrive on smaller amounts of sleep, and are able to wake up at 5 AM, go for a run, then sit down to a leisurely breakfast and morning of reading the paper before they head to work. Other people spend the 20 minutes before they have to clock in running laps at the local high school. Both of these are equally valid, so figure out what schedule works best for you, and stick to it.

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