You Snooze, You Lose: 7 Tips for Working Out in the AM

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It’s not an easy task to wake up in the morning for exercise before work. Staying under the warm covers in your dark room is much more appealing, especially now that many Americans are hiding from the frigid winter air thanks to our friendly neighbor, Mr. Polar Vortex. Though it is hard to peel yourself out of bed in the morning to make it to the gym, the yoga mat, or your own studio, there are many health benefits to morning workouts, and according to Health 24, 90 percent of regular exercisers happen to exercise in the morning.

Working out in the morning not only jump-starts your metabolism and keeps it elevated, it also regulates your appetite for the day and provides some much-needed pre-work energy thanks to adrenaline and endorphins. In addition, just in case you’re under the impression that your body would simply never get used to getting up at the crack of dawn, studies show that the human body is actually wired to eventually pick up on new routines. Health 24 says that if you exercise at about the same time every morning and generally wake up at about the same time on a regular basis, your body’s endocrine system and circadian rhythms adjust to that. A couple of hours before you awaken, your body begins to prepare for waking and exercise because it knows it’s about to happen. You’ll also be able to sleep better at night.

Still, even if you promise yourself at night that you will not snooze the alarm and will head to the gym before work, we all know that your mind may have different opinions in the morning. It’s easy to talk your way out of a workout when it’s pitch black and you’re huddled under the covers, but here are seven easy tricks to help you kick back that comforter and lace up your shoes. No one said that it was going to be easy, but these tips make waking up to exercise at least a little easier.

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