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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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