I was wondering if anyone else is having trouble getting out of the bed in the morning to workout or is it just me? 😅Usually I have no trouble getting up and heading to the gym, but with the COVID-19 outbreak going on we're having to shelter in place and all my local gyms are closed. Which means I have to push myself a little harder to get my morning workout done at home! I don't know why, but I feel like it's so much harder to get the motivation to workout at home.
Luckily, I work from home frequently. For some this is completely new to them and it means having to adjust to a whole new routine. It can be difficult because being at home can be a distraction... You might start waking up later, be in the same pajamas all day, constantly snacking, and just being sedentary most of the time. Don't let that happen to you!
Don't lose good habits you have like waking up early in the morning to workout before work. Still try to maintain that same routine! That way when things start to calm down and you go back to work you won't have trouble getting back into the routine. If early morning workouts weren't your thing before the lockdown then use this opportunity to try it! It's a great way to start your day, your endorphins are high, and it will help you stay focused throughout work. Plus if you get your workout done in the morning you can just relax after work instead of having to muster up the energy to exercise!
Trust me, I know how hard it is to keep a workout routine when there are no gyms opened. But we have to keep it up! So I wanted to give you tips that have helped me get into that morning workout motivation mentality.
1. Have your workout clothes next to you
Right before you go to bed, pick out a cute workout outfit, and set it next to your bed, on your nightstand, or even under your pillow 😜So it's there ready for you to change into as soon as you wake up!
You might not think this yet, but it is a life changing tip. Even before quarantine, I'd always have an outfit laid out for me so as soon as I got up I just had to change, drink my coffee, and head to the gym. Take it a step further and have all your gym equipment laid out and ready for your sweat session!
2. Plan your workout the night before
Just like having your workout clothes planned, having your morning workout routine planned the night before is a great motivator! Not having a set workout plan or anything ready is just going to stress you out when you wake up. We don't want to raise our cortisol levels (stress hormone) because that can affect our bodies negatively. This is why you should try to limit the things you need to prepare in the morning and do them the night before.
Plan out what you want to focus on in the morning - cardio, lower body, upper body. Then write down exactly what exercises you want to do, how many sets, and reps. Then set that piece of paper next to your bed as a reminder. OR if you are subscribed to my Fit With Iulia app then I already have your workout planned for you 😉
3. Have some space between your bed and your alarm
Most people, myself included, have alarms set on their phone. This makes it so easy to just hit the snooze, continue sleeping, and miss your early workout. This tip will help you avoid that!
Here's what you do... Set your alarm the night before making sure to put the volume really high. Maybe change the alarm sound to one of your favorite songs, it will help set up a better mood for your morning routine. Then put your phone somewhere far from your bed, like on the workout outfit that you laid out on your dresser! That way you're forced to get up out of bed to turn off your alarm and put on your workout clothes.
It's the perfect set up! Just try not to get seduced back into your comfy bed... As soon as you're up, change into your clothes, and get moving!
4. Have an accountability buddy
Being in quarantine means you're most likely not able to see your workout buddy, unless you live with them, then you're one of the lucky ones!
If your workout buddy is sheltering in place then be each other's accountability buddies! Set a plan to text each other as soon as you two wake up. If one is still not awake then call them until they pick up the phone! It's like having another alarm clock. Another way to stay accountable with your workout buddies at the gym is by posting on your Snapchat or IG Story a video or picture of your workout set up. Then tag all your gym buddies to let them know you're working out and then they have to post their workout.
You might not be able to go to the gym with your friends, but you can still keep each other accountable!
5. Sleep early
To get up early, you have to sleep early. It's not realistic to expect to get up feeling refreshed and energized for an a.m. workout if you only got 4-5 hours of sleep the night before.
Remember, get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night! Working from home can easily disrupt your normal routine, but try your best to recreate your routine. Sleep at the same time you would to go to work and wake up at the same time you normally do.
Waking up at the crack of dawn for an early morning workout is not easy, it's actually the hardest part. But when you're consistent it becomes easier and easier! It's easy right now for us to fall back into bad habits, but we have to try our best not to. Remind yourself of your fitness goals, try a new workout, create a new workout playlist, stay accountable with your gym buddies, and just think about all the free time you'll have the rest of the day if you finish your workout early!
Hopefully you love these tips so much that you keep up with them even after this quarantine!
Stay safe, and stay active fam