Working out in the morning sounds great: It's one thing off your to-do list, it energizes you for the day, you may catch some amazing sunrises, and, of course, you're less likely to blow it off. “People who work out in the early morning tend to stay more consistent because there are less obstacles at 6:00 a.m. than there are at 6:00 p.m.,” says Chris Freytag, a national fitness expert and American Council on Exercise board member.
All well and good, but if actually waking up that early—and then sticking to routine for good—is still an obstacle for you, follow these simple tips, and you'll be up and running (or lifting, or swimming, or…you get the point) on a regular basis in no time.
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Be Specific When You Schedule
Don’t just say, "I am going to work out tomorrow morning." Create an organized plan of action, pinpointing exactly what type of workout you will do at what time, says Patricia Friberg, a certified personal trainer and creator of the Power 4 Pink DVD. Your only task in the morning should be to get out of bed and get moving, so spend a few minutes on Sunday writing out your weekly workouts, strategizing around your schedule. For example, if you have to be in the office early on Tuesday for a meeting, maybe a quick