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Not a Morning Person? Read This.

Updated: May 4, 2019

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Are you a person that wakes up easily to your alarm clock and joyfully hits the floor running every morning ready to conquer the world? Or, do you dread the sound of the noise coming from your phone or alarm clock and want to bury your head under the pillows?

You may be surprised to know that every month over 3,000 Americans Google "how to get out of bed"... which means it's a topic that many people struggle with. For some, getting out of bed is as easy as throwing the covers to the side and yet for others, it seems impossible. If you don't consider yourself a morning person, you may be wondering if it's truly possible to actually get out of bed every morning and enjoy it?

And what about getting out of bed in the wee hours of the morning to engage in exercise or fitness activities?

The answer is yes, it IS possible. It's all about mind over matter. 80% of my 5:30 am boot campers did not get up early prior to starting boot camp. Three years later, they are still going strong and love their morning routine (once they're out of bed ). Tell yourself you can do it, set goals you want to accomplish, and follow these simple tips to help start your day off on a good foot.

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  1. Drink a full glass of water before going to sleep so you'll be eager to get up and use the restroom in the morning.

  2. Place your alarm clock away from your bed so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.

  3. Play upbeat alarm music. Have your phone or alarm clock play your favorite upbeat music to help get you moving.

  4. Program the coffee maker to have freshly brewed coffee waiting for you when you wake up.

  5. Set out your workout clothes and shoes the night before so you'll have less thinking/planning to do.

  6. Keep hitting the snooze button? Move your alarm time up by one minute each day until you've reached your goal awake time. You'll hardly notice the loss of that one minute each day and your body will get used to it.

  7. Find an early-rising accountability partner who will keep you accountable. Studies have shown that when we have something important to do at a certain time, our bodies will wake us up naturally.

  8. Give yourself an irresistible reason to wake up - do something you love first thing in the morning. If your goal doesn’t sound exciting, you’ll always see waking up early as a punishment, which won’t motivate you to jump out of bed when your alarm goes off.

  9. Track your progress and celebrate the small victories! Put a calendar where you can see it (by your bed, in your bathroom, kitchen, etc) and mark each day with a big red X that you were able to wake up and work towards accomplishing your goal. Just think of how motivating a calendar hanging within view of your bed would be!

  10. Believe in yourself. Did you know that your struggle with rising early has a lot to do with self-belief? Convincing yourself that you’re “not a morning person” is a limiting belief so change your thoughts and tell yourself "I can do this!" and you'll be amazed at the results.

Waking up early may not be easy for the first couple of weeks if you're not used to it as your body needs time to adjust to a new routine. But before long, you'll be set in your routine and accomplishing great things - like getting your workout done while the rest of the world sleeps!

And if you're looking for a morning workout that lets you sleep in a little longer, be sure to check out our 6:20am Bootcamp class time on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays! You'll get to sleep in a little longer than our 5:30am campers, but still get your workout in! 🙌🏻

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