October 04, 2016

8 Tips on How to Rise and Shine for Your Early Morning Workout

It can be tough to be a morning person. Getting up for work is hard enough sometimes! But waking up and getting a quick workout in can be a great way to start your day. Not only does it feel great to get your workout done first thing in the morning, but early morning workouts also have great benefits. Exercising early can enhance your metabolism, improve your physical and mental energy, develop strong self-discipline, improve your sleep, and help you reach your fitness goals*.

We also think exercising in the morning is a way to start your day on a positive note. Take that time to think or use it as relaxing alone time; something some of us don’t get enough of! The half hour to an hour of working out will help you stay focused and feel productive throughout the day. Now, if only there was a way to stop hitting the snooze button.

You might have heard the usual tips, like setting multiple alarms, laying out everything the night before and going to bed early. But these creative tips will really get you up on your feet and moving in no time!

  1. Make it a date. If you plan an a.m. workout with a friend, a trainer, or a group, you are being held accountable. Someone is relying on you to show up, so hitting that snooze button will come with a little more guilt. Be a good friend and get out of bed!
  2. Use ice water. There’s nothing like a splash of cold water to the face in the morning. You can also drink icy cold water as soon as you wake up. Many people wake up dehydrated, so cold water is a great way to jump start your day.
  3. Flip the switch. If there’s a lamp by your bed, flip it on as soon as the first alarm goes off. We are less likely to continue sleeping if there’s a bright light in our face.
  4. Hide your alarm. Whether you use your phone or the traditional alarm clock, place it across the room so you’re forced to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you’re up on your feet, you might as well get the ball rolling and start your day.
  5. Wear red and grab gum or a mint. The color red is known to increase excitement, energy levels and circulation*. If your workout clothes, shoes or accessories are red, you can trick your mind out of being tired. You can also stash mints or minty gum in your nightstand. Mint excites the brain and livens up your taste buds.
  6. Breakfast is key. We couldn’t leave out a healthy plant-based breakfast! It’s important not exercise on an empty stomach. Your body needs the energy and nutrients to heal and repair. Fruit, oats, potatoes, and whole grains are pre-workout foods that provide a great source of carbs, protein and fiber!
  7. Turn to your furry friends. Include your dog in your daily routine! Dogs, like humans, get used to consistency. If your dog is used to going on a run every morning, he or she will want to wake you up at the same time. It’s good for the dog and you!
  8. Don’t sweat it if you miss it. If you had a late night or you just can’t get out of bed and you miss a morning workout, don’t stress. The extra stress starts your day with negativity. Give yourself a break. You’re only human! Get back at it tomorrow and let it go.

At Fred and Ricky’s, we value health! With every recipe, we keep health, sustainability and your best interest in mind. Each morning, we want to help start everyone’s day with a healthy, whole-food plant-based meal. Our Omega 3 Steel Cut Oats, Power Scramble and our new Brussels Sprouts Hash are great ways to start the day and get your body moving for an early morning workout! If you have any questions about us, our food, or a plant-based diet, please contact us).

Sources:

http://makeyourbodywork.com/benefits-of-morning-exercise/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21500913

 

 

 



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