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How to become a morning person (and enjoy it)

We’re not all born ‘morning’ people. Some of us struggle to articulate a basic sentence for at least one hour after waking up, whereas others are up and at it every morning before the sun rises.

The good news is that it is all about routine and forging habits. You may think it is impossible for you to get up early before work to exercise, but that’s not the case. The human body is a remarkable thing, and you have the power to train your own how you want – which is pretty damn cool. This includes training your body to function well in the morning.

We’re not saying that morning workouts are better than workouts later in the day, but they definitely have their perks! Morning workouts can assist in improving your energy levels throughout the day, make you feel happy before the day kicks off by releasing endorphins and also mean that a late night at the office won’t matter because you’ve already smashed your workout.

So if you want to try this whole morning person thing a go, there are a few small changes you can make to your routine so you can get those AM workouts done and dusted:

  • Go to bed earlier. It may seem simple, but even an extra 10 minutes of snooze time can do wonders for your morning wake up! You might have to cut down on that extra episode of the latest binge-worthy show, but we promise it will be worth it!
  • Prep as much as possible the night before. Basically, you want to remove all potential barriers that may hinder you from getting up and going quickly when it’s early. This includes laying out your gym clothes, having your bag and food ready for the next day. Hint: overnight oats can be a real lifesaver.
  • Don’t hit snooze. Just don’t do it. The snooze button is like a pack of Pringles – once you start you can’t stop.
  • Get up at the same time every day. Habit is what will keep you waking up early every morning to smash your workout.
  • Keep your social media at bay until after you’ve exercised. Instagram and Facebook can be the biggest distractions and may impede on your precious workout time. Don’t worry, those posts from your friends in Europe will still be there in an hours’ time.
  • Promise a friend to meet at a particular time in the morning. That way you have to get up and make sure you live up to your promise – you can’t let your bestie down!

We recon if you implement these few small changes you’ll be kicking goals bright and early in the morning in no time! Just remember persistence and patience is key. Sometimes habits can take a while to mould, but once they have formed you’re set!

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