Last night you had every intention of getting to the gym, but now it’s 6:45am and you’ve hit the snooze button for a third time. You roll over and swear you’ll go tomorrow…
So what it is that makes some people get out of bed and hit the gym or go for a run? And why is it that other people just can’t do it?
It’s not as simple as “being a morning person.” People who are dedicated to a morning exercise routine will tell you that it comes down to having a strategy, a ritual, and reward system. People who rely on their own sheer willpower to get out of bed find it impossible to stick to a consistent morning exercise schedule.
It’s not because you’re lazy either, it’s likely that you’re just not prepared.
HERE ARE A FEW OF THE TRICKS THAT WE FIND HELP US GET TO THE GYM FIRST THING IN THE MORNING:
PREPARE EVERYTHING THE NIGHT BEFORE
Have your clothes, food, gym bag, everything completely laid out the night before so when you wake up, you don’t have to think – you can just grab your bag and go.
Create multiple alarms in your phone with different ring tones and in different intervals (example: 5:15, 5:24, 5:36, 5:45, 5:46) so you don’t fall into the routine of hitting snooze.
As soon as you get out of bed, drink water. Your body becomes dehydrated while you sleep. When your body feels dehydrated you feel sluggish and can easily convince yourself you need more rest. It’s likely you just need water.
EAT SOMETHING SMALL BUT BALANCED
A small amount of protein, healthy fats and nutrient dense foods first thing in the morning will give your body what it needs to fuel an early workout. This is why we created the Redd bars! They won’t make you feel bloated or stuffed, they give you just enough energy to power a workout, but won’t weigh you down.
EAT A SECOND BREAKFAST
After your workout is when you should eat a real breakfast. Eating something more substantial can fuel your body through lunch. We love having a pea protein smoothie or an acai bowl topped with bananas, chia seeds and crumbled Redd Bars.
A LITTLE CAFFEINE HELPS
We don’t recommend drinking a full cup of coffee pre-workout, but a little boost of caffeine can give you the energy you need to push through a workout. Among the many superfood ingredients in Redd bars one of the most powerful is Yerba Mate. Known as a superfood that gives you the “energy of coffee and the euphoria of chocolate”, drinking the tea or having a Redd bar is the perfect way to kick off your morning exercise practice.
You won’t know until you try them – so if you’re interested, you can purchase Redd Bars here. We recommend the Oatmeal for breakfast!