The alarm on your phone rings. You peel open your tied eyes and see 5:30am shining out from your phone’s LED screen. You instantly hit snooze and roll over, drifting back to sleep.
How many times have you planned to get up early and head to the gym, but just can’t muster enough will power to get out of bed in the first place?
Every single person has experienced this.
So how can you make sure you get out of bed?
Here is a list of sure fire ways to make sure you wake up and get out of bed for those early morning workouts.
1. Always keep the alarm clock (or phone) out of reach
Keeping your cellphone or clock too close to you is asking to miss your morning gym session. Chances are, when your phone starts to ring you will automatically hit snooze, even if you don’t realize it.
So how can you fix this problem?
Place your phone or clock across the room which will force yourself to get up and walk to shut it off. This is a great way to get up and get moving.
If you need a little more encouragement to get up then think about getting this guy
2. Have your coffee machine or preworkout prepped
Have your home-made preworkout or coffee machine ready to roll right when you wake up.
If you are going the preworkout route then have it in a shaker cup on your night stand so you can instantly throw it down after waking up. If you decide on coffee, pre-load your keurig cup the night before so you can simply press a button and have your morning cup of joe.
and if you ever wondered what that caffeine is actually doing to you, well check this out for the answer Caffeine: How much is too much?
3. Use sleepyti.me’s sleep calculator
Visit sleepyti.me and use their sleep calculator so you can wake up at an optimal hour.
Waking up in the middle of a deeper sleep cycle is the worst… you feel groggy, dizzy maybe even nauseous, but waking up during a lighter sleep cycle will leave you feeling awake or even refreshed.
So check out sleepyti.me and just enter the time you would like to wake up and follow the easy steps they provide.
4. Hit the sack early and use the stairwell method
Go to bed earlier….
If you go to bed earlier and end up lying there gazing at the ceiling, well forget counting sheep and try the stairwell method
So what is it?
First close your eyes
Now imagine yourself walking up a stairwell that is familiar to you (maybe your grandparents main stairway or the stairs found in your high school or college)
Focus on seeing yourself taking each slow step and count the stairs as you climb.
Most of the time you will begin to drift off after you have been doing this for little over a minute.
5. Stare at the ceiling
Too tired to move.
It’s ok just stare at the ceiling
like this guy
I’m not kidding, roll over, lay on your back and open your eyes as wide as you can.
Stare at the ceiling for 20 seconds as you force yourself to breath quickly and deeply.
You are going to elicit an adrenaline release in your body causing you to wake up quickly and be ready to hit the weights.
6. Lace up your sneaks ASAP
As soon as your clothed grab your sneakers and put them on.
By just doing something as simple as putting on your shoes you will mentally trick yourself into being awake and ready to leave the house.
If anything you will be slightly guilt tripped into going if you already have your shoes on (don’t be the person who takes off their shoes and goes back to bed)
7. Lay out your gym clothes the night before
Lay out your gym clothes the night before.
Removing any extra steps will make things easier in the morning. Have your clothes out in an area that is easy to get dressed in and close enough to your bed so that you can change quickly after waking up.
The sooner you can get dressed to get out of the house, the higher the chances you will actually make it to the gym.
Put it all together
Combine these tips for waking up early and your chances of getting up and going to the gym will skyrocket!