Do you ever hear about the amazing benefits of morning workouts? You think it’s a good idea to start doing that yourself. But then you realize you have no motivation to start? This article talks about the 2-step strategy to make morning workouts part of a productive daily routine.
How the 2-Step Strategy Came to Be
If you feel like you are missing the motivation to exercise and do something with your life other than sitting back and relax watching a movie or playing a game, I am there with you. I understand what you’re going through. Since you’re here, I’ll assume you want to change that. I wanted to change that state as well and accomplish more and do more interesting, fun and challenging stuff.
I felt like I wanted to exercise in the morning because I kept hearing about all the benefits morning workouts come with. But I couldn’t get myself to start. I would exercise every day but couldn’t get myself to do it in the morning. I finally managed to start and enjoyed it so much that I now do a workout every morning. It came naturally after I had realized working out in the morning was something I really wanted to do.
Here’s how I did it:
Step 1 – Picking a Specific and Doable Workout
One thing is clear – you want to get yourself to do whatever it is that’s missing from your routine right now. You know working out will benefit you so you are excited about it. The problem is you can’t get yourself to actually start. Thinking and imagining you’re doing something is good to a point. You need something palpable.
So, if you want to work out, pick a workout. I picked a 5-minute workout that I could do in the morning without having to worry about waking people up. I picked a light but effective workout from Lucy Wyndham-Read’s youtube channel. I myself love working out with Lucy. She makes workouts fun and doable for everyone. There’s certainly one workout there that you’ll absolutely love. Click here for the workout I picked.
Make sure it’s something you are sort of familiar with or something you can do effortlessly. It doesn’t have to be an hour-long workout. In the beginning, all you want to do is start.
Step 2 – Putting the Workout on Your To-do List
Speaking of which, once you know what workout you are going to do, it’s time to create a to-do list. Use your phone or a piece of paper to write down your plan for the next day. You don’t have to have a lot of things on your to-do list. Just the idea of a list makes you more likely to do something.
Now, before I tried this strategy, I would make to-do lists on and off and never really stick to them. However, this changed when I knew what I was going to do.
The clarity around the type of workout I was going to do in the morning changed the way I approached my plans.
I woke up, put the oats on the stove and while the food was being prepared, I started to work out. And I have to say, it only took one session of working out in the morning to keep me motivated. I mean, I got so much energy and an instant refreshing feeling that stuck with me the entire day. I kept going, using the same strategy until it became a habit. It only takes a few weeks really to get used to something. And at some point, you realize you want to work out every morning.
So, if you’re serious about working out in the morning and can’t get yourself to start, this 2-step strategy might help you too:
- Pick a specific and doable workout.
- Put the workout on your to-do list.
Let me know how it goes in the comments. Have fun!