6 Ways to Become a Morning Person -- and Like It
Hands off the snooze button! Even night owls can wake up on the right side of the bed with these expert tips
But getting your jog on first thing may be one of the best things you can do to transition from night owl to morning lark. It may take a little training to get this tip down, but Winter says that working out in the morning puts your body on a schedule. "If a person wakes up at the same time every day, eats, and then works out hard at the gym, her body starts to understand when the day begins very clearly, and thus can predict activity," he says. And when you start anticipating activity first thing in the morning, you start waking up earlier sans alarm and feel more energetic because your body just knows that the treadmill is coming.
I know what you're thinking: In the the weeks between point A (needing more sleep NOW) and point B (learning to love your treadmill time in the morning), you're going to need a little extra motivation to clock in that exercise. Try planning a gym session with a friend (just make sure she's a morning person) -- most likely, you'll feel guilty if you blow off your plans. Same goes for investing in workout classes. Sign up in advance for early morning times of your cycling class; if you're paying for it and can't back out, chances are you won't trade $15 for an extra hour of sleep. Or treat yourself to a reward after the gym, like a coffee from a nearby café that you wouldn't have time to stop by if you weren't up early.
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