As the volleyball season comes to a close, I'm thinking about how I'm going to stay active in the off season.
Generally, I enjoy being active and consider myself to be a fairly active person. However, during the school year, I have different things going on like homework, school, and other things that take away time from me being active.
Often, this leads me to have to work out in the morning.
I think that working out in the morning is best because it:
Since working out in the morning can be so beneficial, here are some ways to get motivated to do it.
OK, I think that the biggest thing here is being consistent.
Once you start doing it and you do it for a little while, I think that you'll find that you notice benefits that are going to get you to wake up in the morning and work out. You might start to get almost excited for your workout. You'll realize that when you don't do it, you're going to feel worse.
I find that the more I wake up early, the more my body gets used to actually waking up early, and then I feel more energetic in the morning. Being consistent is a great way to get motivated over time.
I also want you to stay consistent with when you do it. Don’t mix up your routine too much, so if you usually wake up and then you work out and you eat breakfast out afterwards, if you switch that up and you eat breakfast and then you expect yourself to do a workout afterwards, you're probably not going to want to do the work out because you're not used to doing it after breakfast.
If you're used to doing it after you make your bed, then you will automatically feel like working out after you make your bed, so getting into that routine will help you to make it a habit and do it more consistently.
Accountability is super important for this because honestly it's really hard to hold yourself accountable when it comes to working out (unless you enjoy it like me).
I've been learning this lesson when I try to get out the door on time in the morning to get to school. I want to give myself plenty of time to drive to school and be on time for my first class, but it's difficult for me to get out the door on time, so I've had to get some accountability from my mom, who helps to hold me accountable in the morning--I actually owe her a dollar for every time that I am not out the door in the morning by 7:20.
The same goes for being in bed at night--I need to be in bed by 9:30, otherwise I owe her another dollar. It's still hard for me, but the accountability helps me to be more consistent.
Listen to something motivational
Honestly, I think if I tried to do a workout in the morning without listening to anything, it would be really tough. When I listen to some music that pumps me up or a podcast, it helps me to wake up because it keeps me interested and it helps me to get motivated to work out.
I encourage you to make a pump up playlist and find yourself a podcast that motivates you to get up and work out in the morning.
I don't drink coffee every day because I don't want my body to get used to it and start to rely on it, but if I have a really bad night’s sleep, then sometimes I do drink coffee. I also find that it really improves my workout performance.
Go to bed early
This one is really huge. If you're not going to bed early, you really can't expect yourself to wake up in the morning and feel energetic enough to work out.
For example, I wake up at 6:00 in the morning, but I expect myself to be sleeping around 10, so I'm giving myself a solid 8 hours of sleep before actually waking up.
For workouts after the volleyball season, I'm planning on waking up a little bit earlier, but I'm also planning on going to bed earlier because I seriously don't think that sacrificing lots of sleep for the sake of workouts is really what my body needs. That's why I need to prioritize going to bed early if I want to be waking up early, which also goes back to accountability. If you need accountability to get to bed early, try keeping streaks, which I am going to talk about a little bit later on.
In the morning I want it to be super easy for you to just get up and WORK OUT.
It's easiest if you have your clothes set out, if you can just stumble out of bed, press play on your podcast that you picked out the night before, and then go into the workout room and do the video that you have pre-picked out.
Notice that most of these things are pre-planned and you already know what you're in for, so you don't have to spend tons of time figuring out what outfit to wear or what to listen to or what workout video to do, you just KNOW, so it’s easier for you to not make excuses and just DO IT.
Finally, I wanted to talk to you about an accountability thing, which is streaks.
I find that for me it can be motivating if I keep track of how many days in a row I've done something. For example, if I've gone to bed by 9:30 for 10 nights in a row, then I want to keep doing that. I want to keep getting in bed early so that I can keep that streak for even longer.
For working out I think it just that if you can get a streak going of working out on the days that you want to be working out, then I think that it can motivate you to keep doing it.
If you struggle to wake up early in the morning, I want you to also check out my post on how to become a morning person. This is from a morning person's perspective, so I want to point out that maybe I am a little bit biased, and maybe I'm making it seem easier than it actually is.
But just like you, I wake up some mornings and I feel tired, and I have learned how to break through that feeling and realize that on the other side I'm going to feel a lot better-- I'm going to feel a lot less tired and I'm going to be glad that I did it.
Again, I am a morning person so take this all with a little bit of skepticism because it's not going to be easy. But if you show up and you keep trying, then I really believe that you can become a person who wakes up in the morning and crushes a workout before you start your day.