These Hacks Will Turn You Into A Morning-Workout Person

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By Hannah Newman

We know — not everyone is a morning person. (And, even fewer of us are eager to wake up and hit the gym.) But, getting up and moving can actually be an amazing way to start your day.

While the best time to exercise depends on your schedule and your body, the odds are in favor of morning workouts. Think about it: You won’t have to trudge to the gym after a long day of work, you may sleep better, and you’re more likely to actually get it done if you do it before other (sometimes more fun) options come up. (Who wants to say no to happy hour?)

Sure, you may have heard the usual tips and tricks, but what hacks do people who consistently work out in the early a.m. actually use? We asked those who know best — a mix of people who train for a living, Greatist staffers, and you, our dear readers — to find out what gets them up and at ‘em at the crack of dawn.
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“Every evening, I check to see what the morning workout will be and prepare my bag accordingly (not every day is a jump-rope day). On weekdays, I’m in bed no later than 10:30 p.m., so my 6:30 a.m. alarm doesn’t feel quite so brutal. I’m ready and out the door within 10 minutes.” Sandee Shin, CrossFit Virtuosity athlete
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“I visualize the workout the night before as I’m falling asleep. Visualizing myself enjoying it and seeing myself smiling works every time.” — Antonio Deliseo, via Facebook
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“The first one lets me know I have 15 more minutes to sleep, which makes me happy. Then, I meditate for 10 minutes, drink an almond-milk cappuccino, play music (pretty loud — sorry, neighbors!), and throw on a super-bright Nike outfit. Caffeine. Clear Head. Neon. I'm out the door and ready to take on the day.” Holly Rilinger, Nike master trainer, Flywheel master instructor, and co-creator of BeachFIT
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“Blinding light as soon as the alarm goes off always makes me realize I don’t want to go back to sleep. Then, I turn on some tunes — on days I need extra help I’ll go for Drake or Nikki — and grab my first cup of coffee rather than the covers.” Jessi Kneeland,personal trainer and creator of Remodel Fitness
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“When I pack my bag the night before, I include an extra plastic bag for sweaty clothes and my second stash of toiletries, so I’m never without some deodorant or quick-cleansing wipes (which I’ll use after a not-so-sweaty workout like yoga). Also, I keep hair ties on my wrist, because yes, I have used that excuse before.” Maria Hart, senior editor
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“I like to have an insanely delicious (and healthy) pre-gym snack so I’m motivated to wake up and go. I love making energy bites loaded with almond butter and oats, and having a strong cup of coffee on my commute to the gym. By the time I’m there, I have tons of energy and am ready to work.” Tara Fuller, director of brand strategy

Related: This 15-Minute Morning Yoga Routine Wakes You Up Better Than Coffee
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“I ride a Citi Bike to the gym to teach — even in the winter. Those single-digit temperatures and bitter breezes smack me so hard in the face, I don't even need a cup of coffee!” Ryan Wilke, co-founder of Throwback Fitness
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“I could lie in bed for hours, so the biggest struggle for me is just putting my feet on the ground. Then, I immediately walk to the bathroom and wash my face with cold water — afterwards, I feel awake and ready to go.”Locke Hughes, senior editor
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“I’ve got four dogs that I run with in the morning before we eat. There’s nothing like four barking dogs to get you up and running.”— Mary Muller, via Facebook
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“For me, it’s knowing how great I’ll feel once it’s over. Once I’m done, I know I have the entire day and night to do whatever I want!”Amanda Delaney, director of office operations
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“Give your workout the same respect as your child’s doctor appointment or your work schedule. Scheduling my workouts keeps me going — I really try not to let anything get in the way.” — Summer MacKenzie Devine, via Facebook
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“For me, it’s consistency. Even if I’m not feeling the workout that day, if I just get up and go through the motions, it helps.” — Aaron Perkins, via Facebook

For even more a.m. workout tips, head over to Greatist.

Next: How To Become A Morning Person
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