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Tip and Tricks for Getting Up in the Morning to Exercise

Does anyone have an motivational tips and tricks to help me in getting up in the morning to exercise?? I have set my alarm etc and gone to bed with the best of intentions but I always find that I end up pressing snooze and sleeping in instead of getting up and doing some yoga or pilates or going for a walk. I am becoming so frustrated with myself, and I just can't seem to 'just do it'. Anyone got special routines or anything that they do??

Mon. Nov 17, 10:16pm

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Plan Ahead

Have your exercise clothing and accessories set out the night before.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 6:15 AM

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Find an exercise buddy who you can meet up with in the morning. If you are expected to meet them then hitting the snooze isn't an option.

Also it may be hard to do, but go to bed a lot earlier. I find if I get in bed at 9pm and read for a bit, getting up at 6:30am is a lot easier than if I did my normal routine of going to bed 11pm-midnight. It's also a great way to stop yourself from snacking at night.

Tell us if you find something that works!
Christine

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 7:57 AM

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music wake up

i have an alarm clock which you can plug an iPod to, so what i do is set my alarm to a really upbeat song so when it wakes me up I really wanna get up and moving!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 7:57 AM

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I'm so not a morning person and I won't wake up any earlier than I have to. That being said however, I have this neat alarm clock that has a light that gradually comes on prior to my alarm time. By the time the alarm goes off, the light is at full brightness. I find that I generally wake up before the alarm, with less of a jolt, and I tend to feel more awake in the mornings using this. Something like that might help you, especially if it's dark outside when you're trying to wake up. I think it's called the progression alarm clock or something like that.
Good luck!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 9:00 AM

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For me, It gets easier once I get into a routine. I have to force myself for the first few days but once I get over that hump, it seems easier. Once you get out there a few days in a row and notice how much better you feel all day, it helps to motivate you when that buzzer goes of in the morning.

Good luck!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 10:21 AM

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I ask myself "How badly do you want this?" .

I want to be slim and healthy, more than I want another little bit of sleep. That's how badly I want it.

And I have adjusted my bedtime. I need enough sleep, so it had to start earlier in the night.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 10:40 AM

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I can't. I've tried but sleep always wins. However I can get up and go to work, so I fortunately have an employer who has no problem with me working early and getting off early. Thus I stop at the gym on my way home and do my work out right after work then and am done in time to make dinner. If you can get up and do it - more power to you!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 11:18 AM

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My biggest advices to you is work out at night lol. I know it technically better to work out in the morning but its just not for some people. Even when I trained my body to do my work outs were half assed and I ended up being depressed for a part of the day (I was never sleep deprived some people just take a bit longer for there body to get going in the mornings)
I work out 6 days a week in the evening or later morning now I never miss a work out and I actually look forward to them instead of dread them for having to get up in the mornings.
If you really are set on going in the morning this is how i did it.
I put my alarm clock as far away from my bed as possible have everything ready. This only helps to a certain extent you need to be disciplined and if you cant be then you need a different game plan

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 11:46 AM

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11:46 - I'm not the OP

But thanks for reminding me about the far-away-alarm trick. Haven't used that in a while. I think it's one I need to pick up again!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 11:56 AM

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I agree with 6:15 AM,

Set your things out the night before, and as soon as you wake up, turn on the light, get up and make your bed, that way you're not tempted to go to sleep.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 1:40 PM

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I think they all sound like good tips!! I will definitely be trying a few of them. That light alarm thingy sounds great!! I'll have to google it!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 7:42 PM

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I found this for you guys.. it may work to help get you sleepy heads out of bed lol

*lynneta*

Link

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 1:44 AM

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LOL Lynetta!!! That's awesome! :-)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 2:06 AM

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I thought it was cute lol

*lynneta*

Wednesday, November 19, 2008, 2:19 AM

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One thing you can try is to start with just a few minutes at a time. Say, okay today I'll work out for 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes and I'll be satisfied. A few things may happen: 1) you may end up working out for longer anyway because you're already up and at it, why not keep going? and/or 2) over time you can add a few more minutes until you're to your goal time.

When I tell myself it will only last 10 minutes, it motivates me to get up and moving and I'll usually go for more than 10. If you only make it for the 10 minutes, you're still better off than if you had done nothing!!!

Good luck!!

Monday, December 01, 2008, 2:06 PM

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