This year I will.... work out more. It's a common end of year resolution, especially after our gluttonous habits during the holiday season.
But between getting the kids to school, working a full time job, and a busy social calendar the hour workout you had planned is usually the first thing to go.
I'm too tired, you say? I don't have time, you say? (But did you know a one hour workout is only 4% of your day?) Maybe I'll start working out in the morning, you say? ...But then the alarm goes off and you reach for the snooze button, over and over.
We get it, believe us! We have the added bonus that we get paid to be at the studio at 5:30am, but we've learned a few tricks of the trade throughout the years that can you help you fall into a morning workout routine.
1) Prep the night before
Lay out your workout clothes, or wear them to bed, you're just going to get up and sweat anyways!
Fill your coffee pot with water and fresh grounds, so all you have to do is roll out of bed, push the on button and voila!
Set out breakfast for a quick energy boost in the morning. If you're not much of a morning eater try a banana, apple or protein bar so you can grab and go.
2) Get a good night's rest
Turn off all electronics and power down at least 7 hours before you need to get up
Try to avoid sugar within 1-2 hours of bed so the quality of your sleep is unaffected
Practice long deep breaths when you first lie down
3) Find a workout buddy
Ask your friends or co-workers if they want to join you for a workout
Find another member of the Poise fam- and set a rendezvous
Accountability partners are a great way to make sure you don't flake!
4) Create a rewards system
Chances are if you are struggling to make it to your morning workouts, you're not intrinsically motivated. Skirt the issue by setting extrinsic rewards. For instance, if you make it to the gym so many times in one week, on Fridays you will treat yourself to your favorite smoothie bar or coffee shop.
Any number of these will help get your year started off right. Just keep in mind that the secret to success is in the sustainability of your practices. Find balance in your routine and soon enough your "I Will..." will become your "I Am...".