First, you decide it’s time to start back up that exercise routine you started as a new years resolution. Then, you get one maybe two good workouts in and all of a sudden, life happens. New deadlines pop-up, birthday invitations, irresistible happy hours. Basically, the excuses to not work out are endless. If morning workouts sound like a fate worse than death, there’s a way to make them doable and enjoyable. Here’s how.
Eat Right the Night Before
That heavy carb snack you had right before bed tasted pretty good then, but by morning, you’re feeling tired and heavy. Your stomach needs time to digest the food and eating right before bed makes that difficult. No, you don’t have to stop eating at 7 pm, but it is wise to cease eating 90 minutes before your head hits the pillow. However, if you must partake in a little nighttime grazing, make it a point to eat lean proteins, veggies, and healthy fats. This will ensure that you wake up feeling good and well rested.
Coax Yourself to Bed Earlier
Although it might sound like a broken record, it is really true that going to bed earlier makes it easier to get up the next morning. Your body’s internal circadian rhythm needs about 7 to 8 hours of quality rest. Limit your cell phone, computer, and TV time at least 2 hours before bedtime. If you must use your phone or tablet to read a book, make sure that the device is set to nighttime mode. This will limit the amount of blue light and increase warm light, making it easier to sleep.