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5 Tips to Stay Dedicated to a Morning Workout Routine

Chandler-based fitness influencer, model, writer and mom-of-two, Lori Young, offers up five tips for getting your body moving first thing in the morning.

Do you want to work out in the mornings but find it difficult to get out of bed? I used to, too. For my family, early morning is the best time for me to work out. It wasn’t easy to get in the routine of doing this but now, it is by far my favorite time to get it done and the best way to start the day.

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Here are five tips to stay dedicated to a morning workout routine:

1.      Before bed, decide not only that you are going to workout in the morning, but also what parts of your body will benefit from this workout.

2.      Lay out your workout clothes the night before, right beside your bed. When you open your eyes, they are staring at you, encouraging you to put them on!

3.      Visualize yourself getting up, getting dressed, eating breakfast, working out and, most importantly, how good you will feel after you accomplish what you set out to do.

4.      Visualize leaving the gym with a nice pump of endorphins flowing–best way to start your day!

5.      Pick out a podcast you really want to listen to but tell yourself you can’t listen to it unless you are working out.

If the visualization or awaiting podcast isn’t enough to get you moving, tell yourself that on the count of five you are getting up. Don’t think; just do! I was personally surprised how well this worked, but it truly does. According to Mel Robbins, the author of The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage, “When you feel an urge to work on a goal, your heart is trying to tell you that there’s something you need to do. You then have a five-second window to get started on that goal before your brain talks you out of it.”

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