An early-morning workout is a great way to kick start your metabolism and have more energy throughout your day. We offer a few morning rides every week so that you can get in, get out, and feel great. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to get to the studio that early. Here are some ways that we motivate ourselves to get out of bed and into the saddle! It gets a little bit easier to get out of bed each time, and these are some helpful ways to get started.
1. The Buddy System – A great motivator to get out of bed in the morning is being answerable to someone else. If you know your friend is dragging himself out of bed to meet you for an early morning ride, you’re more likely to get out of bed too. Sometimes just telling someone else your plan to work out will be enough to make you follow through.
2. Use Music – Music is an amazing motivator. Set your favorite song as your alarm to get you excited about waking up. Create a playlist of songs that get you energized and use it when you need the extra boost in the morning. We’ll keep it going for you with some invigorating playlists for our early morning classes.
3. Make it Easy – Before you go to bed, get everything ready for your workout. Get your clothes and shoes out and ready to go. Fill your water bottle, and, if you plan to have a pre-workout snack, get that ready too. The less time and energy you have to waste getting ready to exercise in the morning, the fewer excuses you’ll have for not getting up!
4. Make staying in bed HARD – What would make you get up? Setting alarms across the room is a tried and tested trick. Maybe you need to drink a lot of water before bed so nature’s call will get you up. Try setting a light next to your bed on a timer so that it turns on in the morning (or purchase a wake up light.) If it’s hard for you to roll over and stay in bed, you’ll probably just get up and get moving.
5. Get Plenty of Sleep! – We know how tough it can be to get everything done after work with enough time to get to bed early. But if you’re getting enough sleep at night, you’ll have a much easier time getting up early for your ride. Instead of watching an hour of television, save some shows on the DVR for your rest day and head to bed! Those emails and Tweets can wait until later too! You’ll be glad for the extra sleep time when your alarm goes off.
6. Sign Up for a Class – When you make a commitment to be somewhere at a certain time, you’re more likely to do it. We love see our clients, and we hope you like seeing us too! And at Saddle, you know you’re going to get a great workout with a motivating instructor. After a class with us, you’ll know exactly how many calories you burned, and be motivated to make healthy choices throughout your day.
7. Ask us to call/text/Tweet you! At Saddle, we are invested in seeing you succeed and meet your goals. If you want to start working out in the morning but are worried that you won’t have the motivation to get up when your alarm goes off, we can help! When you sign up for your ride, ask us for a wake up call! We will call, text, or Tweet you before class and gently encourage you to get moving!