It is hard to get up in the morning. Whether it's summer or winter, early morning workouts are painful even if you are a morning person. Sometimes, that's the only time you have to fit in a workout or run, so here are a few of the things I do to make sure I never miss a morning workout:
I put all of my workouts into my calendar, but especially the morning workouts. Putting it into your calendar makes it easier to commit to and stick with it. Every Sunday evening, along with meal prep, I browse my calendar to check my workouts and prepare myself mentally for any long days or very early mornings.
2. Prep Your Outfit (well, prep everything)
I lay out my clothes the night before. When I was in college and we had soccer practice twice a week at 6 am, I slept in my clothes. The less thinking required in the morning, the easier it is to stay with the plan.
This also goes for your gym bag. Pack all of your essentials the night before - hair dryer, makeup, work outfit, towel, and anything else you need to be prepared for the gym.
3. Get Plenty of Sleep
Not something I always live by, but on nights that I get to bed earlier, my morning workouts are much more successful. Who wants to get up at 4:30 am only to half-ass a workout? Make it count by getting at least 7 hours of sleep the night before - that means if your wake up call comes at 4:30 like mine, get in bed by 9:30.
What do you do to prep for an early morning workout?