Let me let you in on a little secret - no one likes hearing the alarm go off. No one. If you actually find someone that enjoys a 4:30 AM buzz, buzz, buzz, let me know.
So, why is it, that some people NEVER miss a morning workout and others can't seem to find consistency any more than my dog can find the meowing cat inside our TV set?
Let's take a look at what those "morning people" are doing to stay so consistent. Incorporate these tips into your everyday life and you will never miss again!
Tip #1: Lay everything out the night before
There's nothing worse than fumbling around in the dark trying to find your left shoe. This starts your day off on the wrong foot (see what I did there?). So, fix the problem and start everything off in your favor by putting everything you need in a nice, neat pile the night before. Clothes, shoes, keys, favorite coffee mug...whatever you need to get things started in the right direction, figure it out the evening before, and get it together.
Bonus Tip: Sleep in your workout clothes. No one will ever know.
Tip #2: Prep your breakfast/lunch the night before
Again, being organized is a win! The more you can prepare for your day, and save valuable time in the process, the better you will feel. Try this and tell me you don't feel like you have finally figured out the art to adulting.
Tip #3: Set multiple alarms...across the room
If you really struggle with the Snooze game, this will fix it. Set your first alarm on your phone or watch and give yourself the benefit of the doubt that you will actually wake up and get up the first time. But, also set another alarm on the other side of the room so you have to get up and walk several steps to reach it. Personally, I get up at 3:45 every morning, and 3:55, and 4:00. Three alarms set and I've never overslept - not once.
Tip #4: Go to bed at a decent hour the night before
Set yourself up for success by getting a good night's rest. To help with this, prepare your body for peaceful slumber...no caffeine and no screen time 15-30 minutes before you want to be asleep. Get in the bed, read a book (like the dictionary, not Stephen King), and allow yourself to get sleepy. Having laid out everything you need, knowing your multiple alarms are already set, you can drift off to sleep knowing you've got this.
Tip #5: Find an accountability partner
If you workout in a class with someone, ask him or her to be your accountability partner. Text each other in the morning to make sure you are both up and headed to your workout. Give each other some serious crap if either of you miss.
Tip #6: Reward yourself
Waking up and getting to your workout is hard - there's no denying that. So, set a goal to make your morning workout and then reward yourself for not missing. Start small, if necessary, and commit to make it for one week. Then 2 weeks, a month, 3 months, however many goals and rewards you need to keep you motivated and engaged.
Do not, however, get in the habit of rewarding yourself with food. "I made my workout this morning, so a quick stop by Dunkin Donuts is going to be awesome!!!' No. Just no.
Instead, reward yourself with cute workout clothes, new lifting gloves, a new mat, something that will keep you wanting to make those workouts!
Tip #7: Think about how you will feel when it's done
To me, this is the best motivation of all! When I workout in the morning, I just feel better the rest of the day. Sure, I may get tired and need a little pick-me-up around 2PM, but I feel better that I'm not stressing about trying to fit in my workout in the evening around kid's activities, cooking dinner, feeling full and bloated from that big lunch I ate, etc. Walking around all day long guilt free because I.AM.DONE. is the best feeling in the world.
Tip #8: Find a class of people just as crazy as you.
Working out at home is not for me. I don't hold myself accountable. At all. If you do, that's dynamite. If not, stop fooling yourself and find a class you enjoy with other like-minded people that don't enjoy getting up early to workout, but do enjoy the feeling they get after it's over. Bond with your new tribe and never miss another morning workout.
Tip #9: Accept that things will always go bump in the night
Good intentions will only get you so far. Inevitably, the kids will puke, the dogs will bark, and the thunderstorms will come. That's life...it's not an excuse. Resolve to workout in spite of these things happening. Accept this as fact. You will not have blissful sleep every single night for the rest of your life. So, if you do rest peacefully for a full eight hours - great! If not, get up and workout anyway. On a positive note, you should have an easier time falling asleep the next night. Win-win.
Tip #10: Just Do IT!!!
Lastly, just do it. Just commit already. Do not allow yourself to accept less. Do you go to work when you're tired? Yes. Do you still get up and get your kids ready for school when you don't sleep well the night before? Yes. Do you still stick to your daily routine and obligations when you don't get a solid eight hours of sack time? I'm guessing you do. Because, you are an adult. You have responsibilities and you don't ignore them. Why should your health become the sacrifice? Don't lie to yourself that you will "just do it later" because you know you won't. Just get up and get your sweat on! You'll be glad you did!