You know those people that get to the gym by 6am and are done with their workouts before you have even brushed your teeth? Yeah… how do you be more like them?
A lot of people ask me how they can become a morning exerciser. The simple answer is, wake up early and go workout. But, I know it’s not as easy as it sounds.
First, decide if you even want to workout in the morning. Not everyone has the ability to have an effective morning workout. If you are fitting your workouts in after work and having good training sessions, don’t mess with a good thing. If you are struggling to get your workouts in, feel tired after a long day, and aren’t having good lifts, maybe it’s time for a change.
Sleep is going to be the key factor in early workouts. Adults need between 7-9 hours of good sleep every night. Some people can survive off less and some people need more. But on average this is how much sleep you should shoot for each night.
So if you want to wake up at 5:30am to workout, you need to plan accordingly and try to be in bed no later than 10pm.
If that bedtime seems unimaginable to you, ease into it. Adjust your schedule and try to get to bed 10-15 minutes earlier each night until you’ve reached a bedtime you think you can handle.
Once you have the sleep schedule figured out, it is important to maintain that sleep schedule. You need to be as consistent as possible with your sleep. Even on your off days you should try to be in bed at the same time. You don’t want to experience “social jetlag.” Similar to normal jetlag, social jetlag will throw off your sleep schedule for days. One night out can leave you with a week of social jetlag. This will throw off your body and make it hard to find that normal sleep schedule you created for your morning workouts.