19 Foolproof Ways To Get Out Of Bed

We know that sometimes nothing seems harder than climbing out of your warm bed, lacing up your running shoes, and hitting the gym — or the pavement — in the wee hours of the morning. But, the health benefits of starting your day with a little sweat are undeniable. So, how do you make yourself go?
We asked the workout devotees and the I'd-really-rather-hit-snoozers among us how they manage to get up and get out in those early morning hours. Ahead, 19 real girl (and boy!) tips on how to forgo that extra shuteye and start your day off right.
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I go for a run before work and I'm actually motivated by the extra energy I get after completing a workout. I feel sluggish when I skip the gym in the morning. I also notice it in my work — I'm more alert and focused once I get that endorphin boost in the morning.

As far as getting up, I set four alarms, 20 minutes apart, starting at 5:30 a.m. This is because I am a deep sleeper and actually don't like getting up so early. I also set it to the most annoying alarm on my phone and put it on the other side of the room. This way, I HAVE to get out of bed in order to turn off the alarm. Once I'm up, I splash my face with cold water and down a glass of ice-cold water. The brain freeze helps me stay awake. Finally, I take two shots of espresso so I have excess energy I need to use up at the gym."
—Laurie Espinio, Editorial Production Assistant
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I sign myself up for a class, like spin. I know I'll feel guilty blowing it off, and it's not like I'm going to call the gym at 6 a.m. to cancel. I also may have named the alarm on my phone 'YOU WILL FEEL SO GOOD AFTER YOU WORK OUT.'"
—Vanessa Golembewski, Editorial Assistant
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"1. I have a pact with a friend that we'll text each other in the morning when we wake up to go work out. It helps having that social pressure.
2. I program my alarms with labels like, "THINK SEXY LEGS!" So, when the alarm goes off, I see that message on my phone's screen. It's me reminding myself why I'm getting up so early.
3. I have coffee ready to go from the night before.
4. I don't hit snooze! If you do, you'll never get up."
—Patty Delgado, Software Engineer
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I force myself to practice one hour of yoga at 6 a.m., at least four days a week. In order to make it happen, I lay out my mat and blocks the night before and have my computer set to my Yogaglo account, so I don't have to deal with all the details in the morning.

I sleep in my cotton yoga pants and a tee so I can just slip right out of bed and go downstairs to my pre-set-up space. When my alarm goes off at six, I just force myself to get up because I know how much better the day is going to be if I do it. And, if I hit snooze, I'll just lie there feeling guilty, so it's better to get up.

Also, with two kids and a husband and a very full-time job, it's the one hour of peace I get a day! This one precious hour of me-time motivates me to get up, no matter how warm and happy I am. I go to the bathroom, put my lenses in, and head straight to the mat. I don't do anything else. Time is precious. My favorite part is being in mid-practice as the sun begins to rise, watching the sky go from dark to light and being ahead of the day. The best days are when I get my practice in, drop my kids off at school, and still have enough time to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to the office.

There's nothing better than beginning your work day feeling great and having had some time for yourself. It's everything — and worth getting out of bed for."
—Susan Kaplow, VP Editorial Operations
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I simply look in the mirror the night before and say, 'If you don't work out in the morning, you don't get to watch The Walking Dead on Sunday.' Works every time."
—Christopher Michael Beer, Video Editor
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I go to the gym at 6:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I'm not a morning person, and it's really hard to get up and go, but when my alarm rings, no matter how badly I want to press snooze, I mentally go over the pros and cons of going to the gym in my head. That usually works, especially since I was recently invited to my 15th high-school reunion, which is happening next year. Who doesn't want to look good for their reunion? So, I need push myself to look good for people I haven't seen in 15 years. Oh boy."
—Isabel Cafaro, Executive Assistant
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I can't function without my morning workout! I'm training for a marathon, so the way I motivate myself to get up in the morning is by following a training schedule...if I don't go, I won't finish the race. I also run races with friends, so if I don't show up, I'm letting them down, too. At the end of a run, I always treat myself to a cappuccino and a breakfast muffin — I just end my run at the coffee shop for a little extra motivation. I also think allowing yourself to walk for a little bit post-run is super motivating I walk the two blocks home with my coffee, and it's the perfect way to start my day."
—Jessica Novak, Marketing Analytics Manager
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"The way I get myself out of bed in the morning is a little game of chicken I play internally. My gym has a three-strike rule with no-shows when you pre-register for a class. I have two no-shows, and knowing that if I skip one more time I'll lose my registration privileges (and therefore my favorite spin bike!) always makes me get out of bed just in time to make it!"
—Megan Coughlin, Associate Director, Account Management
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I think the toughest thing about early morning workouts is making sure it will fit into your schedule for the day and whether you’ve planned accordingly the night before. If you know you’ve got a week of late nights ahead, you need to be smart about how you plan your mornings. Staying out late partying, then expecting the get up early, is unrealistic. Now, some people believe that early morning risers have to sacrifice evening social life at times. I disagree. All it takes is a little will power and planning and you can fit both into your weekly schedule, with no problem!"
—Alex Granito, Campaign Manager
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"The night before, I lay out my running shoes and a bright, clean, pretty workout outfit in my line of sight from bed. When I get up in the morning and want to roll over and hit snooze, the clothes do the trick. It's a mental reminder of the guilt I'll feel if I don't go — plus, pretty clothes are a total motivator for me! Also, I stole this trick from Justin, but I'm a big fan of coffee en route to the gym. The shot of caffeine totally makes me feel like a superhero on the treadmill!"
—Neha Gandhi, Executive Editor
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I am embarrassingly bad about getting up in the morning early these days. All my past marathon training, however, has required me to run in the morning, and the most foolproof way to make sure I go is for me to repeat the mantra, 'Just do it' — yes, the Nike mantra — to myself as the first thought that crosses my mind when I wake up in the morning. Not allowing yourself to think and come up with reasons why you don't have to get up is the secret to actually getting up. For me, at least."
—Anne Cassard, Design Project Manager
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I allow myself the ability to eat whatever I want if I go for a run."
—Melissa Goidel, CRO
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13 of 19
Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I just bought a pair of custom Nike Airs. They're completely adorable and cost half my paycheck, but I feel like a badass when I walk into the gym in them. That's motivation enough for me on a weekday morning, and the feeling lasts all day."
—Justin Sedor, Health and Wellness Assistant
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"It is SO HARD for me to not hit snooze five times in the morning and I often default on my exercise plan in favor of a little extra shut eye. The best way for me to exercise in the morning is to put out my workout outfit the night before along with my headphones so that there is a path of least resistance. My cousin takes this to an extreme degree by actually sleeping in her workout clothes (minus sneakers)."
—Piera Gelardi, Executive Creative Director
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I play squash twice a week in the morning, and the only way I get out of bed is knowing that I have another player to answer to if I didn't show up. My attrition rate of exercise would be at least 50% if I didn't have a partner in crime."
—Darin Bresnitz, Events Director, Brand Experiences
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I just have to do it. When I wake up and start thinking about whether I should go out for a run or not, I stop and say to myself, 'Wait, that is what I do, I run. I am a runner.' Otherwise, if I let myself contemplate it, it just won’t happen. So, my secret is no thoughts, just action…Go! It’s who I am!"
—Janine Squillari, Assistant Controller
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I set about seven alarms starting about an hour before I actually have to get up, so by the time I actually have to go, I am more awake than I'd regularly be."
—Annie Georgia Greenberg, New York Editor
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"Committing to the morning workout is key. I sign up for classes in advance — most of which have cancellation policies, so if I snooze, I lose the cost of the class. In addition to that, I find that the morning workouts not only start my morning out with great energy, but it’s also nice to get it done early. This way, I have my evenings free to see friends, have dinner, or even just lounge around at home."
—Pamela Stern, Controller
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Illustrated By Caitlin Owens.
"I do yoga in my bedroom in the morning, so all I have to do is roll out of bed and unroll my mat. I remind myself that I NEVER regret exercising in the morning, but I do sometimes regret sleeping in. Also, it leaves my night open for happy-hour drinks and hanging out with my boyfriend."
—Katie Hegarty, Associate Brand Integration Director
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