If you like training in the morning, or are thinking about becoming a morning trainer, I’ve got some tips for you!
Many #LSFbabes get their workouts done in the morning. Morning workouts do have their benefits: you get your workout done before anything else, motivation is typically higher in the morning, and you feel energized for the rest of the day!
But for a lot of us, training first thing in the morning can be a mega struggle. So what should you do to keep motivated and boost your morning workout? Here are my tips!
The night before:
Preparation is the key to success! Set yourself up for success by preparing yourself the night before. Not only will it save you time in the morning getting things ready, but it will increase your motivation and keep you disciplined!
Things you should do the night before include:
• Pick your outfit!
There is nothing worse than wasting time in the morning rummaging through your drawers to find your booty shorts. Pick exactly what you are going to wear, and lay it out in your room, so you can simply get up and get dressed in the morning!
• Pack your gym bag.
If you train at the gym, you want to make sure your bag is ready! Pack your sweat towel, headphones, barbell pad, ankle straps, gym card, car keys, or anything else you may need.
• Set your alarm.
If you’re serious about getting up to train, you need to have your alarm set! Establish what time you should like to start exercising, and work backwards to figure out what time you’ll need to get up. How long do you need to get ready? Do you need to drive far to get to the gym? Factor that in when deciding what time is right for you!
• Get enough sleep.
If you have to wake up earlier to workout, then you need to sleep earlier too! Do NOT sacrifice your sleep, just so you can start your workout early. Sleep is essential for optimal muscle functioning, energy levels, and muscle recovery. Aim to get 7 - 9 hours sleep!
The morning of:
You’re all prepped from the night before, but what should you do before your morning workout?
In the morning, you should:
• Do not snooze your alarm.
Although it’s soooo tempting, try your hardest not to press snooze! If you fall back asleep, it’s unlikely you’ll end up having the time or motivation to fit your workout in. The best thing you can do is try to get up straight away!
• Take your pre-workout!
There is no better way to wake up and feel ready to train than having a pre-workout! I take OxyShred 15 mins before I train. The green coffee bean extract and B vitamins give such an amazing energy boost and enhances my focus so I’m able to train to my best capacity 👏
• Remember why you want to exercise in the first place!
Having your goal in the forefront of your mind will give you the extra push you need to commit to your morning workouts! If you want to achieve your goal, consistency is key. Once you start getting into the morning workout routine, it will get easier and you’ll start seeing results!
Should you eat before your morning workout?
This is a super common question I get asked. The answer is, it depends on how long you have between eating and your workout.
If you have less than 1.5 hours between eating and your workout, I’d recommend a small quick digesting snack such as banana, or rice cakes with almond butter. You don’t want anything too heavy, or it may hinder your exercise performance.
If you have more than 1.5 hours between eating and your workout, I’d recommend a small meal containing carbs and protein as it will be slower digesting. An example may be a protein smoothie or greek yogurt, peanut butter and berries.
Prefer fasted training? If so, I’d strongly recommend taking OxyShred to boost your energy so you can work out harder. Otherwise, you may find yourself feeling a little lethargic!
Whilst it can be a struggle to get used to morning workouts, you absolutely CAN make it part of your daily routine! With the right preparation, adequate sleep and optimal nutrition, morning workouts may just become your fav time to train!
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