Hello! I’m up bright and early writing this post because I am a morning person. Which leads me to today’s topic: how to become a morning person. I actually wrote about this a while back, but a reader question inspired me to re-visit the topic.The short answer: Alarm clock + coffee – sleep. If you want the longer answer you can keep reading.
1. Have an accountability partner. Make plans with a friend for an early-morning run or workout, and hold each other to it! My friends and I often meet on dark street corners at 5 am, so the thought of leaving a good friend abandoned there will definitely get me out the door.2. Make evening plans. This one is sort of weird, but I find that I’m more consistent about squeezing in a morning run if I know that there’s no backup plan. If I make plans for drinks or dinner after work, I won’t be able to tell myself that I’ll just “do it later today” when I’m laying in bed. So basically, if you want to exercise more than you should have happy hour daily.3. Imagine yourself 5 hours from now. This one is also weird, so let’s just go ahead and apply that to the rest of this list too. Sometimes when I’m laying there at 5 am wanting to go back to sleep but knowing that I should go for a run, I’ll imagine myself sitting at my desk around 3 pm — feeling really crappy that I overslept (and then I wake up and run). OR, if I know I’m actually sore or tired and should, in fact, keep sleeping, I’ll imagine myself sitting at my desk around 3 pm — feeling completely exhausted (and then I go back to bed). Does that even make sense? A wise person once told me:
4. Give yourself a treat. When Anthony and I started dating, I thought it was weird that he took time to eat breakfast and read the paper before he went to the gym/on a run. He kept telling me that it gave him something to “look forward to” when he woke up, and made him a more dedicated morning person. Truth! I eventually adopted his routine — now, I eat a snack, have coffee, and spend some time blogging/catching up on emails before I head out on my run. Our little morning “quiet time” is actually one Anthony and my favorite parts of the day — and the thought of sweatpants and coffee helps inspire me to get my butt out of bed.5. Be okay with being lame. This is a no-brainer, but: To wake up early, you have to go to bed early. And sometimes, going to bed early means being kind of lame. Anthony and I typically wake up around 5 am, so we try to be in bed by 10 at the very latest (9:15 on a good day!). Whenever I’m feeling down about missing out on the late night fun, I just remind myself: The early bird gets the street furniture. PS — this is a recent find from Brita! Thanks for sending this in, girl. 7. Start a blog. Joking, but not joking. You guys are my accountability partners! If I don’t run in the morning I have nothing to write about. And when I have nothing to write about, rambling posts like this happen (I know you want to click, but don’t. I think that might be the worst post I ever wrote.) But seriously. You don’t have to actually start a blog, but community boards like Strava & MapMyRun can help you stay on track. I swear that some of my friend be like:8. Find another morning person and marry them. Also joking but not joking. I honestly don’t think I could have married a night owl! First, we would never see each other and second, he would be able to stay awake until 10 and thus spoil each episode of The Bachelor before I even got to watch it. Not cool. Being in the same routine as my spouse has helped me stay more consistent when it comes to getting to bed and getting up early. Fun fact: My first date with Anthony was a 6 a.m. run. #destinyAnd those are my secrets! Try setting your alarm a bit earlier and see all that you can accomplish while the rest of the world is asleep.
- Any tips that I’m missing?
- Any other topics you’d like me to write about?
- Tell me the most exciting thing you have planned for this weekend!