Running Buddy

As it gets darker and colder, it's increasingly difficult to drag yourself out of bed for a morning workout. I can't tell you how many times I've intended to get up early and go for a jog, but when my alarm goes off I'll reset it for another hour and sleep in instead!

Exercising in the morning as opposed to the evening has its advantages if you can get yourself to do it. If you work out right before bed, it's harder to get to sleep, whereas working out in the morning gets you energized for your day. It'll help you stay focused, boost your mood, and may even raise your metabolism more than exercising any other time.

If you struggle to get out of bed like me, try these tips to make yourself get up and work out. First, get everything ready the night before so you have as little as possible to distract you in the morning. I like to lay out my exercise clothes, my work clothes, pack my lunch, fill my water bottle, and even put coffee grounds and water in my coffee maker the night before. Also, decide what workout you're going to do the previous day so there's less decision making in the morning. Are you hitting the gym? Jogging outside? Doing a yoga video in your living room?

Having someone to hold you accountable makes it harder to sleep in, too. Making plans to meet a friend to workout is the best way to stay on track. Signing up for an early morning class is a good option too. Try Steel Revolution in Shadyside for spin classes that start as early as 6:15am. If all else fails, casually mention your workout plans to your roommate, a coworker, or a friend. You'll feel more obligated follow through if you know someone's going to ask you how you liked the new pilates studio you mentioned yesterday.

On top of everything, this is the one trick that'll be sure to get you out of bed. Instead of putting your alarm on your nightstand, put it as far away from your bed as possible so you have to walk across the room to turn it off. There, you're already up!

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