We’ll be posting a new challenge every day leading up to summer! Follow along here on the blog, or using this calendar.
Today’s workout comes with an extra challenge: Finish your workout before 10 AM.
If it’s already after 10 AM and you’re reading this, don’t worry: do a regular workout today, then aim to get up early tomorrow. That still counts.
There are plenty of benefits to working out in the morning. It sets the tone of your day by starting things off healthy. And by getting your workout done before work, you don’t have to worry about being too tired at the end of the day for an trip to the gym. But even knowing that, for some of us waking up early is even harder than dragging ourselves to the gym. So we asked sleep expert Dr. Kelly Glazer-Baron for her tips on how to have a successful early morning.
- Your wake-up time
Are you someone who catches up on sleep over the weekend and is dragging on weekdays? A consistent wake up time between weekdays and weekends can help avoid the “jet lag” you get by these big schedule swings. You may feel better when sleeping in, but if you sleep in more than two hours past your typical wake time, you may be compromising your weekday sleep by shifting your biological rhythm too late
- Snooze button: friend or foe?
Getting a few more minutes of sleep each day can be a huge benefit. But, by repeatedly hitting the snooze button, you are actually robbing yourself of that extra block of sleep. If you are an “over-snoozer” (and you know who you are), first, take this as a sign that you need to get to bed earlier. Second, help yourself get the extra sleep you need by only hitting it once or twice, or instead, choosing a later wake-up time.
- Open those shades when you wake
At night, your bedroom should be as dark as possible, but light in the morning is alerting and can help your biological rhythm. Research from our laboratory at Northwestern even linked light exposure earlier in the day to a lower body mass index. When you wake, open those shades and let the sun in!
How do you feel after your morning workout? Let us know in the comments, or using #30DaysToSummerFit.