My mom always told me growing up “if you don’t love yourself, you can’t love anyone else” and I totally still think that this is true. In order for you to be a good wife, mother, employee, employer, etc. you have to make sure that you love yourself first. That means taking care of your health and getting motivated for your morning workout.
I just recently started regularly exercising again after having my daughter and now I am obsessed with my night runs a couple of times a week. When I get back I feel so refreshed and less stressed out.
Plus it gives me time to bond with my chocolate lab 😉 Right now running at night is working for me, but some nights are just way too hectic for me to be able to squeeze in that nightly exercise so I would like to start running early in the morning while it is still cool outside. For you moms (like me) who have a love/hate relationship with mornings, here are some tips for how to get motivated for your morning workout.
- Set your alarm to go off with your workout music. I usually run to Ellie Goulding radio or Calvin Harris radio on Pandora and I might or might not have checked out the Justin Bieber radio on my latest run… Hearing this music come on in the morning would seriously get me into gear.
- Lay out your workout gear the night before. If everything is ready to go, you are much more likely to get out of bed and put it all on. I have a designated area where I keep my dogs leash, my workout clothes, and my headphones that way it is ready to go for me.
- Get enough sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep and are too tired in the morning, you are going to shut that alarm off and skip your workout. Set a firm bedtime that will allow you to get the full nights sleep you need.
- Jump in the shower. There is nothing like a splash of cold water on your face or a quick shower to get you fully awake in the morning.
- Get an accountability partner. Whether it’s a neighbor to exercise with you or your husband making sure you wake up when your alarm goes off, get someone to hold you to your promise of waking up early to workout.
- Set a goal like running a 5k by the end of the year or participating in a mud run. Sign up for it months in advance so you have a specific date to be in shape for!
- Hire a coach or trainer. I do not have the money to do this but if you do, hiring someone to keep you in check every day would be an awesome way to ensure you get your morning exercise in.
- Follow a training program. If you are like me and do not want to spend the extra money for a personal trainer you can follow a free (or cheap) training program like couch to 5k or bikini body mommy. I also love to use the app map my run to track my progress and see how I am improving over time.