My friend Danielle inspired a quick post on self-motivation. You know that horrible inner monologue you face when the early alarm goes off. The battle you have with self over the pros and cons of getting up and getting it DONE. I used to lose that battle quite often, opting for an evening workout…and often being too wrecked at the end of the day to face it.
My current routine includes a morning run by myself 5-6 times per week with some group activities (bootcamp and a private yoga session) 3 evenings per week, and training with friends on the weekend. But it took me several weeks of discipline to get to this level of activity and although it gets a little easier with a routine, there are still many mornings I argue with myself to get up.
That said, here’s a few tips that might be worth a try:
- Set two alarms. The second one is the final moment you can get up and still get it done and get to work! The first alarm allows you to determine your state of mind - are you feeling it today? If so either get up or grab that extra 20-30 minute nap you might need and you’re ready to go at the second alarm. But if you’re not in the mood then take this time to talk yourself into it.
- How so? I like to go to Pinterest on my iPhone and scour the Fitness category which is littered with pictures of fit bodies and inspiring and motivating quotes. Usually one of those is a kick enough in the ass to make me move. Check out my board to get started.
- If you require caffeine in the morning you could get one of those coffeemakers that brews based on a timer.
- Another thought from Danielle’s friend Mark was to set the alarm to ring with your favorite workout song — I might have to try this one now too!