Is there anything more difficult than having to wrestle yourself free from the warm comfort of your duvet, step out into the cold and work out? There’s no doubt that there are countless benefits to starting your day with a fist-pumping workout, but finding the motivation is something else entirely.
Whether you’re hoping to feel more productive or boost your energy levels, here’s how you can motivate yourself to crawl out of bed and put on those workout shoes.
Hold yourself accountable
Pre-pandemic, a great way to hold yourself accountable would have been to sign up for a killer exercise class. Thankfully, Cape Town is a natural paradise with plenty of get fit activities. Join a small hiking group or sign up for a surf lesson at Muizenberg beach. This will ensure that you have plenty of space between you and your fellow fitness buddy while also avoiding an enclosed space. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, then signing up for an online class you can do at home is an excellent alternative. Check out The Lex Effect and Obé fitness.
Prep the night before
Sometimes finding the motivation to work out is all about mental preparation. While it may seem silly to grab your clothes and lay them out the night before, it really does help quieten the internal debate you’ll have with yourself when struggling to get out of bed. Having your workout gear ready also eliminates any excuses you may come up with due to avoidable hiccups. Doing this will ensure that everything goes smoothly!
Embrace the endorphins
It’s so easy to complain when you’re in the throes of a sweat-inducing workout, but take note of how you feel after your workout. There’s nothing that will leave you coming back for more than the tingle of those endorphins pumping through your brain and mind. It’s what ensures you stay energized and focused throughout the day. Waking up earlier is never an easy habit to develop, but your brain will never forget a good feeling.
Focus on what you love
Some love lacing up their running shoes and hitting the pavement, while others love sweating it out at the gym – find what lights your fire. Perhaps you prefer spending time in nature, making hiking the perfect go-to option. Or perhaps you love indulging in a particularly stretchy yoga class, do what makes your body happy. That’s the key to morning workout happiness.