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Hey Everyone!!
I was wondering if any of you have any suggestions that help you wake up a little earlier in the morning to exercise. I know the obvious "go to bed earlier" one, but anything else? I have this awful habit of turning off my alarm, then not waking up 'til I have just enough time to get ready and go to school. I've even put the alarm on the other side of the room and it still gets turned off--if I didn't know better, I'd swear I have a "go-go gadget" arm!!
Any new ideas would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

Thu. Sep 14, 11:52am

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put your alarm on the other side of the room, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 12:08 PM

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Drink a lot of water before bedtime so you have to pee really bad in the morning! (But not so much that you have to get up in the middle of the night)

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 12:10 PM

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Maybe if you reward yourself with something if you get up in the morning to workout several times in a week. Like a new workout DVD, hand weights, new workout outfit. Something workout related so you know what you're doing and why you're doing it. Also, making a workout "date" with a friend will force you to be up and out at a certain time.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 12:23 PM

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I give myself permission to sleep in only 1 morning a week. I don't plan it ahead of time I just wait to see how I feel in the morning. If I use my 'free pass" on Tuesday then that means I have to get up Wednesday-Friday. Some how knowing that I get a free day gives me the motivation to get up other days. Also, food motivates me. So the night before I'll plan out my breakfast and may even prepare it ahead of time. Getting to eat it gets me out of bed!

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 12:28 PM

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Good luck to you - I simply cannot do it either so I work out in the afternoon after work. I don't really care if working out in the morning is supposed to be better - it's not better if I sleep through it, so I don't. I used to try setting an obnoxious alarm, wearing exercise clothes to bed, keeping my bag packed and in my car, going with someone else and they all failed because I am grouchy, tired and don't wanna be there and therefor my workouts were pathetic compared to the effort I'll put in later.

Lots of people do workout in the morning though and say they really enjoy it, so if you can become one of them more power to you. I did list some of the strategies I used and maybe if my heart had been in it one of them would have worked as a long-term early morning solution.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 12:33 PM

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Are you exercising at home? If I were you I'd set a timer on your bedroom TV (assuming you have one), set to a news channel or talk show - I find it easier to get up physically if I'm already awake mentally. Then maybe start out with some ab work or side-lying leg work that you don't even have to get out of bed for.

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 12:33 PM

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I an now a fairly habitual 5:45 riser in order to get in my morning work out. This was a tough routine to start but i can honestly say I dint have too many relapses and such. once I did it the first time, I was in the routine. Not getting up once usually breaks me for almost a week.. i am thrown off track and give myself excuses and such. So... I just don't give myself the option to not go.

How did I start though? I got a workout buddy!! AND, we both knew that unless we had some sort of responsibility we would probably not show often so she picks me up in the morning. She gets up because she knows I am waiting for my ride and I get up because I know she is coming. It's a great system! Now I can do it on my own when she is out of town and such... but that was the best way for me!

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:03 PM

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wear your workout clothes to bed-and leave your sneakers next to the bed. that way you are ready to go anyhow when that alarm goes off! it's really hard to keep sleeping when you realize you will wake up in a sports bra!!

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 1:09 PM

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what's your number and what time do you want me to call you! LOL I bet you'd get a lot of people willing to talk you out of bed on this website. but seriously, Having your clothes laid out and putting them ON YOUR CLOCK lets you not ignore them (that is, if you hate sleeping in them)

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 2:00 PM

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Put some ready to drink coffee on your nightstand before you go to bed. When the alarm goes off, chug it!
(just kidding...okay, not really.)

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 2:51 PM

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