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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Classes that require studying usually aren't fun; classes that require sweating? Sign us up! The high energy, music, and movement of a group class, whether it's spin, kickbox, Zumba, or something else, may be all you need to jump-start your day, says Emily Naim, a certified dance fitness instructor and star of the DVD Dance off the Inches: Latin Cardio Party. And even when you've found a group you like, continue to try other classes, she says, to spice things up and keep you coming back for more, no matter how early the session is.