- Sleep Matters
Set yourself up for success before your alarm even goes off by making sleep a high priority. During your sleep, your body takes the necessary time to recover and help your muscles get back in tip-top shape (The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep each night).
- Take The Time To Prepare
If you’re overwhelmed trying to get everything you need ready for a day away from home first thing in the morning, that’s going to be a deterrent from getting you out the door and wanting to do the whole schtick in the first place. Set yourself up for success by laying out work and workout clothes and packing your lunch before you turn down for the evening. Bonus: This way, maybe you’ll have matching socks and won’t forget that suit jacket for the day’s big meeting.
- Commit To A Routine
“Wake up at the same time each day without hitting the good ole snooze button,” says Dr. Janette Nesheiwat, a family medicine and emergency physician. This will help to stabilize your circadian rhythm — or your body’s natural alarm clock — which directly impacts everything from how you feel to stress levels. If you start waking up every day at 6:30 a.m. with the help of an alarm, you’ll find that eventually, your body will begin to adjust and soon enough, you won’t need the extra nudge.
- Let The Light Shine In
Letting the natural light infiltrate your bedroom in the morning could be just the assist you need to roll out of bed. “Getting plenty of bright light in the morning helps keep your sleep timing on track, particularly if you must wake up very early,” says Dr. Sujay Kansagra, Mattress Firm’s sleep health expert. “Try to adjust the amount of light to your sleep schedule to help create a consistent routine.”
- Find A Buddy
One University of Aberdeen study revealed that working out with a partner can make you exercise more often. That’s especially true if your partner is supportive. “The buddy system’s the best,” says Gilliland. “Make plans to meet someone for a workout, and follow that up with coffee. Then, sign up for a class that meets shortly after your target time. We are more likely to get out of bed if we have to meet somebody or go to a workout class we have paid for.”