4 Reasons to Workout in the Morning (and 5 Tips to Help You Wake Up!)

Today's post is brought to you by Fuse instructor Rumer Richardson. She teaches reformer classes at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and has a few words of wisdom for those looking to create a morning workout routine. Take it from someone who used to begrudge anything that made me wake up before 10 a.m.: it is possible to become a morning person. Sure, sleeping in from time to time is a nice feeling, but during the week, getting your workout in first thing can have a lot of benefits! Here’s a few tips to help motivate you.

Not a morning person? Try these tips to create an AM fitness routine.

1) More Focus You’ll get in a better workout in the morning than you would later in the day after the stress of work and other obligations have worn you down. Instead of worrying about emails or re-running the afternoon staffing meeting in your head you can focus on getting the most out the hour on the mat or machine.

2) More Free Time You’re more likely to stick to a consistent exercise schedule if you check it off your to-do list before the events of the day compete for your time and attention. Work and social events are less likely to get in the way at 6:30 a.m. vs. 6:30 p.m. And speaking of those social events: you’ll be able to go to more happy hours and evening get-togethers when you don’t have to worry about making it to the studio after work. More Fuse and more time for friends? That's a win-win!

3) More Mood-Boosters Exercising releases endorphins that not only make us happy (thanks Elle Woods for making sure we all know), but also help control appetite and cravings so you won’t go crazy with those break room snacks. Plus you get to hear my amazing playlists (if you don’t trust me you’ll have to take a class to find out!), and I’m always happy to take song requests for whatever will get you ready to take on the day!

4) More Motivation Getting your fitness on first thing sets a healthy precedent for the day, which will make you more likely to stick to your goals. That stale donut will have way less appeal when it means derailing the work you've already accomplished. If all this sounds great but you need a little extra help rolling back that sleep schedule, here are a few tips on how to make that early wake-up call a little easier (from a previous anti-morning person!). 1) Plan Ahead Lay out your workout clothes and work/post-workout clothes the night before. With that decision taken care of, you just have to roll out of bed and throw on what you need for the day ahead. 2) Get Social I know, I know, gym selfies can be too much sometimes; but if you post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter about your upcoming class, you’ll be less likely to bail when the alarm hits. 3) Hydrate You should (ahem) be doing this anyways, but remember that the body gets dehydrated while you sleep, so drinking a big ol' glass of h2O in the morning will give you a jolt of energy to go from jammies to spandex in no time flat. 4) Turn Up the Tunes Whether you need Top 40 hits or something a little more calming first thing, there's nothing like a great song to help kick off the sleepies and get psyched for the day. 5) Try Coffee or Tea I know I would love to roll out of bed full of energy at 5:15 a.m., but I need a jolt of caffeine to get me going. Plus, the energetic baristas at my closest coffee shop always brighten my morning!

Up and at 'em!

Want to see how a morning workout can help you transform your fitness routine? Register for one of Rumer's classes online. 

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