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Become a Morning Exerciser in 5 Simple Steps

By Ali Struhs

How many times did you hit snooze this morning? Many of us often find ourselves sleeping in and rushing to eat breakfast and get out the door, skipping our workout for the day, once again, or cramming in a gym session at the end of the day when we are tired and worn out. Working out in the morning may lead to healthier lifestyle choices all day! Think you just don’t have the time to squeeze in a workout in the morning? In just 5 simple steps, you can become a morning exerciser. Here’s how:

Prepare before you sleep
If you have to spend 10 minutes digging through your sock drawer to find a matching sock, you’re less likely to get 30 minutes of exercise. Rather than scrambling to get dressed and out the door for a jog, put everything you need out on a chair, including your workout clothes, socks and shoes, and water bottle, before you sleep. You might even pick out your outfit for the next day, too.

Set your phone out of reach
Are you a chronic-snoozer? If hitting the snooze button every five minutes is convenient because your phone is on the nightstand next to you, move your phone! Set your alarm on your phone before you go to bed, and then place it on a dresser across the room. You’ll have to get up and out of bed to turn off the alarm, so you might as well put on your exercise clothes and start your day!

Motivate yourself
Plan rewards for getting up and exercising in the morning. Make a pact with yourself that if you get up five days a week and fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise in the morning, you can grab a cup of coffee on your way to work, or pick out a new blouse to wear Friday night. Need more motivation? Make a playlist of all your favorite, upbeat songs to listen to while exercising.

Start slow
You don’t have to commit to an hour-long treadmill session at the gym right away. Start slow with a 10-minute workout before you take a shower. Try doing reps of pushups, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, and crunches before you eat breakfast. You can even take your dog for a walk in the morning, go for a bike ride, or vow to take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Slowly increase the amount of time and the intensity of your workout, and before you know it, you’ll be a morning workout warrior!

Breakfast on-the-go
If your new exercise routine is shaving off time for breakfast, don’t just skip eating. There are several options for eating healthy breakfast options on the go from Jenny Craig. Try an Egg, Cheese, and Turkey Sausage Burrito or a Turkey Bacon and Egg White Sandwich, and you’ll be on your way!

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