Ease Into ItIf the idea of an early morning HIIT session sounds awful, start creating the habit of morning exercise by waking up to stretch, foam roll, or do lower impact. Even if you wake up just 10 minutes earlier to do a simple yoga flow, you’re hard-wiring your brain to begin craving morning movement. Once that becomes routine, you can start replacing your morning stretch sessions with higher-intensity workouts one at a time until you transition to morning workouts.
Use this tip to stop snoozingGetting out of bed is hands-down the hardest part of morning workouts. Yup, way harder than the workout itself. And the snooze button is often the main accomplice. If you struggle with battling the snooze button, try this tip. When your alarm goes off in the morning, instead of pressing snooze, get up and immediately start making your bed without turning off the alarm. Think of turning off the alarm as the prize for getting up and making your bed. Once you’re up and your bed is made, it’s time to kick things into gear. [Tweet “How to crush your morning workout”]
Don’t Make Any Decisions
Decision fatigue is real, friends. No one wants to wake up at the crack of dawn and pick out a workout outfit, look for missing headphones, and think of wtf to do when they get to the gym (ain’t nobody got time for that) If you want to actually make your morning workouts happen, set yourself up so you don’t have to make any decisions in the morning. Have your workout written down and in your phone ready to go. Pick out your gym clothes the night before and keep them in a place where you’ll see them first thing in the morning (or if you’re like me, sleep in your workout clothes so you wake up ready to go). Have your gym bag packed complete with headphones, a towel, a water bottle and anything else you may need.
HydrateFor the love of all things holy, please please drink some water first thing in the morning. After a long night’s sleep, your body needs to be rehydrated before consuming any caffeine or before performing any sort of physical activity. Personally, I love warm lemon water first thing in the morning, but if plain water is more of your thing that totally works too. Aim for 20 ounces soon after waking up to rehydrate you, and get your energy level up for working out.
Fuel UpPre-workout nutrition choices are highly individual. What you should eat pre-workout totally depends on your individual body, what workout you’re about to do and what your goals are. Below are some suggestions, but please, always check in with your body and experiment to find what works for you and speak with a doctor or RD before making any major dietary changes. If your goal is to gain muscle or support endurance workouts consider having a serving of carbs + protein before your workout:
- A piece of fruit with nut butter
- A small serving of oatmeal (~½ of what you might have for breakfast) with protein powder
- A small protein shake
- Boiled eggs
- Boiled eggs with a small serving of nuts
- Lean Meat such as deli turkey with a small serving of nuts
- Coffee with coconut or MCT oil and 1 Tablespoon protein powder
- Do you workout in the morning? If not, are you open to giving it a try?
- If so, what are some of your favorite morning workout tips?
Lestraundra is the founder of Balanced Black Girl and the host of the Balanced Black Girl Podcast. She’s a Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, and natural beauty junkie who loves 90’s R&B, trying new skincare products, and creating recipes in the Instant Pot. She created Balanced Black Girl to provide content and experiences empowering women of color to live well.