Find it hard to motivate yourself to run first thing on a morning? Believe me, you’re not alone. Even Paula Radcliffe has said there are times she’d rather stay in bed. It can be hard to drag yourself from slumber and face the day with your trainers on. It’s always worth it though. No matter how rough you feel as you reluctantly head out, you’ll be buzzing and full of life when you get back. Guaranteed. So, to help you start the day the ‘yay!’ way, here are our top tips to get you moving on a morning.
Tip 1 – Do Not Snooze!
The hardest part is getting your feet on the ground so roll out of bed the moment your alarm goes off. The longer you stay in bed, the more likely you are to talk yourself out of running The snooze button is your enemy. DO NOT, REPEAT DO NOT, SNOOZE. Once you’re upright, you’re on the way to a great run!
Tip 2 – Be Prepared
Lay your running gear out next to your bed before you go to sleep. Put every single bit of it, including bra, socks, the lot. That way, you can get ready when you’re still half asleep. Just pull your running gear on, even if you’re bleary eyed and yawning non-stop. You’ll be dressed in no time and good to go.
Tip 3 – Lay Your Breakfast Out Before You Go
It’s important to have a nutritious breakfast after you’ve been running so leave nothing to chance and lay out your breakfast things ready for your return. This means that you’ll get the nutrients you need inside you as soon as possible – i.e. when your body really needs them. Plus there’s the added bonus of knowing you have breakfast to look forward to when you get back!
Tip 4 – Don’t Faff Around
The very best way to enjoy a morning run is to get out of the door! Really, just get outside. Don’t fuss about your hair, check your phone or otherwise faff around. Just put one foot in front of the other and GO! No matter how weary you might feel, you’re guaranteed to feel great after your run. Get out there and enjoy it. And guess what, the more you do it and it becomes a part of your routine, the easier it becomes. How’s that for motivation?
Why not make an early run part of your approach to fitness this week? You’ll be glad you did.