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Finding the Motivation to Get out of Bed and onto the Treadmill

You know the drill: You set your alarm for 6 a.m. so you can get in a quick morning workout before your day starts. But once that alarm sounds bright and early, the snooze button is begging you to hit it more than a few times. Soon enough it's 8 a.m., and you've missed another opportunity to exercise. We understand—getting out of your cozy bed and choosing sweating over sleep is probably one of the hardest choices you'll make all day. Here are a few tips to help get you out of bed and into the gym to meet your weight loss, health and fitness goals.

Go to bed earlier

If you normally go to bed at midnight every night, it's going to be that much harder to get up bright and early. So start gradually moving up your bedtime. You can't expect to go to bed at 10 p.m. when you usually don't start snoozing until midnight. Make it a goal to get into bed at least 30 minutes earlier each night for a week. Once you've reached your desired bedtime, stick to it. This way, your body will get used to sleeping as soon as your head hits the pillow.

Make it a habit

Find a way to get up early a few days in a row. It will be difficult at first, but once you make a schedule out of it, you'll get used to it.

Grab a buddy

If it's just you getting up in the morning to exercise, it can be easy to cancel it last minute. But if a buddy is waiting on you, you have a reason to hop out of bed and head to the gym. Schedule weekly workouts so you can't back out and hit the snooze button.

Plan the night before

Get your gym bag ready the night before to give you less to do in the morning. Pack everything you need, from your sneakers and water bottle to your music and headphones. When all you have to do is wake up, grab your bag and go, it makes life a little easier. Before you know it, you may have an new, more active routine.