Not everyone is a morning person. No shame in that. But if early morning is the only time you have to workout, you gotta make it happen. Repetition is key to forming a new habit, so if you wake up on the first morning and don’t feel like getting up, that’s not license to go back to bed because it didn’t work. No one springs from bed at the crack of dawn, fresh as a daisy, ready to get sweaty. Yet, millions of people do it everyday. Here’s how you can be one of those people.

  • Go to bed at the same time each night, and wake up at the same time each morning, even if it is not a workout day. Adults need 6-8 hours of sleep a night, so plan accordingly. This is the best way to reset your internal clock in the least amount of time.
  • Set an alarm. That’s a no brainer. But if you are a habitual snooze button hitter, turn it on loud and put it on the other side of the room so you have to actually get up to turn it off. If you are out of bed you are less likely to crawl back in. There are also some smartphone apps that make you solve a math problem before it will turn off so can’t turn it off in a sleepy haze. Anyone that shares your bed is just going to have to deal.
  • Turn the lights on. If you are waking up before dawn, you may be tempted to keep the lighting low, but turning on the lights will wake you up faster than a cup of coffee.

  • Lay out your clothes. Or better yet, just wear them to bed. I’m serious. Then you can just roll out of bed, lace up your sneaks and you’re ready to go. The fewer the steps between you and your workout, the better.
  • Find a buddy. Make plans to workout with someone that keeps your new sleep schedule (or wants to start keeping it). It’s harder to pull the covers over your head when you know someone else is depending on you. It also helps to have morning workouts be something that get out of the house and are scheduled for a specific time- like bootcamp! Waking up early to workout in your living room, by yourself, is too easy to skip. Make sure someone is expecting you.
  • Get everything ready the night before. Have the family’s breakfast put together, a lunch made, your work clothes ready- anything that might become a distraction in the morning by taking priority, have it already taken care of.

Stick with it. It’ll get easier. And we all know that after the first 10 minutes, you’re wide awake, anyway. Then, that hour or so earlier wake up time will seem like nothing when your workout is a fond memory instead of worrying about where you are going to fit it in all day.