I have always been a morning person, and today reaffirmed how much better the day is when it starts off relaxed and stress-free.
I arrived at work 45 minutes early. Yes, slightly misjudged how quick public transport takes. I went to a cafe, got a pot of tea and read my Kindle. Perfect start to the day.
Here are my tips for enjoying the morning:
Get prepared the night before. Lay out your clothes and pack your bag.
Set your alarm nice and early. I like to give myself at least an hour before I have to leave my house. This gives me a chance to chill in bed for a while, watch the Today show, blog, check Facebook, pack my lunch…
Give yourself time to enjoy a nice breakfast. I wake up ready and excited to break-the-fast. I love to sit down, eat my breakfast (Check out my breakfast ideas!) and have (at least) 2 cups of tea.
If I have scheduled in a workout for the morning here are my additional tips to get yourself out of bed
Mentally prepare yourself the night before. If you have not visualised your workout and planned what you intend to do, it is always much easier to cop out.
Imagine how you will feel after your workout. Surely better? Most people don’t regret a good workout.
Make sure you are doing something you enjoy. If running is not your thing it is no point trying to force yourself into it (especially when you are dragging yourself out of bed for it!). Try a brisk walk around the block or else check out what classes are available at your local gym. I know my gym, Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Center have classes suitable for all fitness levels and preferences, ranging from Yoga to Body Attack to Aqua Aerobics. I am a big group fitness fan :). Another great morning option is Circuit Training -where you can build your own workout, tailored to your preferences in the comfort of your own home.
And if all these tips fail.. remember the hardest part of running is taking the first step out the door (and then climbing stairs ;)).
But once you have stepped out the front door, climbed the stairs and achieved your morning goal.. your heart is pumping, your mood is elevated and I guarentee you will feel better than you did before you began.
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?