This is a guest post by Charlie from charliefriendofficial.com
I am definitely not a morning person by any stretch of the definition. I easily hit that snooze button time and time again, and can make endless excuses as to why I don’t need to get up to exercise!
I never thought I would ever be one of those people who could find a way to be – so from one lazy girl to others who may be struggling to see how to make this happen, I give you some tips that have worked for me so far!
Put your alarm out of reach
When you can stick your arm out and snooze your alarm, you are 99% more likely to stay in bed and miss the workout you spent all that time gearing yourself up to do the night before.
Put your alarm on loud, choose the most obnoxious sound, and place it either in another room or at the far end of your bedroom so that you have to get out of bed to switch it off. Once you are up, you have fought half the battle already!
Sleep in your workout gear
This may sound gross, but all you are going to do is get hot and sweaty working out anyway. This works particularly well on saving time in the morning and avoiding having to change out of your PJ’s into your workout clothes – especially in the winter when it is freezing cold!
This has worked well for me as a time saver – I just have a lovely shower after I have finished to spruce myself up ready for the day!
Pack your bag the night before and leave it by the door
This tip combined with the above point will mean you can be out of the door in less than 10 minutes of waking up. So pack your snacks, towel, water, headphones and anything else you need for a successful workout before you rush off to go get hot and sweaty!
Make it a date
Rope in a friend and plan workout dates with them. You are less likely to skip a workout if you know your buddy is standing around waiting for you to turn up. Ah, peer pressure at its finest!
Plan what you want to do in your workout to cut down the time spent exercising
It is so much harder to persuade yourself to exercise if you don’t know what to do.
Aimless running and not knowing what specific exercises would be most effective for the goals you want to achieve will make your workouts ineffective. You won’t see or feel the benefits of exercising if that happens, and will make you more likely to give up!
Have a glass of water by the bed
Downing a glass of water as soon as you wake up does wonders for you – I promise. It hydrates you after 7-8 hours of sleep and quite literally wakes your body up so that you don’t want to snooze!
Implement the change slowly
No-one is going to be able to wake up at 5am if they normally wake up at 6am within a few days, so introduce this new routine to your body slowly. Start off 15 minutes earlier for a few days until it feels normal, then a half hour and so on until you hit the time you want to be getting up!
It won’t be such a shock to the system and your body clock will be waking you up at that time every day naturally after a while. It only takes 3 weeks for an action to become a habit!
So these are my top tips to help you get out of bed in the morning to smash out your workout ready for the day ahead! You will now be able to have that glass of wine or go out for last minute dinner plans guilt-free!
A massive thank you to Jaclyn for letting me guest post on her blog to share this with you! I would appreciate it if you could pop over and check out my blog if you have some time – and a follow would be even better!
Love Char xoxo
Hi there! My name is Charlie and I am a twenty-one-year-old wannabe full-time blogger from London!
I could go into how I run a lifestyle, fashion and beauty blog / YouTube channel, and how I spend hours on the perfect flat lays and clothing collages, but realistically it just is not true. You are probably like “oh bore off, another lifestyle and beauty blog” – but let me tell you why mine differs!
My blog and channel are all about being the real me in the hopes I can relate to others out there on the World Wide Web. I want readers and watchers to have a little laugh as they read my posts and watch my videos, feeling like they actually know the real person behind it.
I know everyone says that but do you really feel like you can relate to the girls who have a full blown skincare routine, that squat every day and have avocado on toast for breakfast? Because I definitely know I can’t. I am just doing what I can with the fact I am proud if I brush my hair at least once a day!
So screw the bullet journals (too much effort) and fancy Instagram themes (I still haven’t got a Scooby doo what they even are), I talk about life in the real world for a 21-year-old girl who is trying to find her way and has really no clue what she is doing. I mean, who really knows right?!