Are you a serial snoozer when the alarm goes off? I can remember when I used to hit the alarm button at least five times before I would finally roll out of bed, in a sleepy haze. However, once I started on my F.I.T. journey and became more active, I realised the benefits of waking up early and starting the day right. If you look at most successful people in life, whether it’s an entrepreneur, fitness professional or sports star, the one thing they have in common is starting the day early with a good morning routine. Waking up early can be a little hard at first, however once you put a few steps into place, you'll become a morning person in no time.
Step 1 - Read your goals before bed
Some say what you think about before you go to bed, will be what you think about when you wake up. If you want to get up early to hit the gym, and get the day started right, then have a read of your goals before you sleep. Then as soon as that alarm goes off, you will know why it’s important to get out of bed and get the day started. Even have your goals next to your bed and ready to re-read as soon as you wake up. By having that constant reminder of where you want to go, will help you get motivated for the day.
Step 2 – Get hydrated
When you wake up you are instantly dehydrated which is half the reason you can feel so groggy and want to fall asleep. Most people then make the mistake of reaching for a coffee straight away, which only dehydrates you more. As soon as you wake up, the first thing you need to do is drink at least two big glasses of room temperature water, with a big squeeze of lemon in it. Also try sprinkle of some Himalayan salt in the water, which will help restore all your electrolytes. Only read for the coffee mug once you have rehydrated yourself.
Step 3 – Put your alarm clock across the room
So the best thing to stop you from hitting the snooze button a million times is place your alarm clock across the room. Then when it goes off, you actually have to get out of bed to turn it off. As soon as you are up, there is no point going back to sleep.
Step 4 – Set a solid sleeping routine
If you are guilty of going to bed super late watching television, sitting on facebook, or even still working, then you need to stop. To become a morning person you need make sure you have a regular solid sleeping routine, so your body clock knows when it’s time to go to sleep. I recommend giving yourself at least an hour of no technology before you go to sleep, which give you the chance to unwind from a busy day.
Step 5 – Get dressed
As soon as you get dressed you are telling your body, it’s time to get up and start the day. Make sure you lay out your clothes the night before, so it’s all ready to go as soon as you wake up. If you are heading to the gym, then make sure your workout back, breakfast is all prepared the night before. The more obstacles you can remove from yourself in the morning the easier it will be to get the day started.
Remember living a healthy life is all about the habits you create for yourself and stick to on a daily basis. So to become a morning person, you just need to make a few simple shifts in your daily habits. Once you start getting up early, make sure you set yourself a healthy morning routine that will get you motivated and ready to take on the day. Do you struggle with mornings? What are some of the thing you do to help you get out of bed in the morning?