Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Health: Morning Workout Motivation

I recently ran a poll on twitter asking you lovely lot what posts you would like to see more of on Keep Calm It's Only A Blog, well the results are in and the majority wanted more health and fitness posts. So today I thought I would share with you some of my tips to get motivated for your morning workout, how to stay organised and smash your goals.

Grab and go!
I always make time in the evenings to prepare everything I need for the next day, I find it makes my mornings run much smoother, and prevents the dreaded morning panic running around looking for your sports bra.
Here are a few tips I personally do every day, for a stress free morning:
Leave your workout clothes, shoes and socks by the bed so they are ready to go for your morning workout
Fill up a water bottle and pop it in the fridge

Prepare your breakfast
 For example: If I am planning on making banana pancakes for breakfast, I will make sure that I have a banana, coconut oil, frying pan, spatula, blender, plate and cutlery out on the kitchen counter ready and waiting.

Set your alarms
Try to get up as soon as your alarm goes off so you aren't tempted to roll over and hit the snooze button. I usually set one or two alarms as sometimes the first one doesn't stir me from my deep sleep.

Plan your workout
I always plan what workout I am going to be doing the following day, that way you can lay out/pack whatever equipment you may need, such as a yoga mat or weights and you know exactly what you want to do and how long for.
It's a good idea to plan your workouts for the whole week, so you know which days you want to work out, how many times per week, what workouts you want to do and which days will be your 'chill out days'.
I usually workout around five times per week, it varies depending on what else I have planned that week. Here is an example of my general fitness routine, if you would like a more in-depth post about what workouts I do and how often, leave me a comment in the box below.
Monday: Morning workout
Tuesday: Morning workout
Wednesday: Morning Workout 
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Evening Workout
Saturday: Morning Workout
Sunday: Rest

Drink up
The first thing I do every morning is drink one litre of water, I find that it wakes me up, hydrates me and fires up my metabolism. So grab your preprepared water bottle and drink up.

Sweat it out
I never used to be a morning workout kinda gal, I found that I would always hit the snooze button and tell myself I would workout in the evening instead, which often did happen but sometimes I was just too tired/lazy/busy at the end of the day to squeeze it in. So I have come to embrace the morning workout - don't get me wrong sometimes it's still a struggle dragging myself out of my warm, cosy bed to sweat it out but it's always worth it afterwards! I've found that getting active first thing in the morning really sets my mood for the day, I feel brighter, energised and ready to conquer whatever the day has to throw at me.

Treat yourself
A great way to motivate yourself to workout is to bribe yourself, be that with a tasty post-workout breakfast.(French toast and Banana pancakes are my favourites!) watching a few episodes of your go to TV show, picking up the latest issue of your favourite magazine, buying a brand new fitness top, or even a takeaway coffee from your favourite cafe (be mindful of the sugar laden options, you don't want to undo all your hard work with one cappuccino)
Having a 'treat' to look forward to afterwards is a great incentive to get up and smash your morning workout.

Don't beat yourself up!
If you skip a planned workout don't worry, we are all human and don't always reach our intended goals every day. Have a think about the reason why you skipped your workout - did you hit the snooze button because you had a restless nights sleep? Perhaps you had one too many indulgences the evening before? Listen to your body, maybe it's telling you to have a rest day and recover - tomorrow is a brand new day and a fresh start to smash it!

I hope you enjoyed this 'Morning workout motivation' post, Are you a morning workout kinda gal? What are some of your favourite workouts? Do you have any tips on staying motivated?

I'd love to know, leave me a lovely comment below. 

Let's be friends!

Love Laurenx


  1. I find morning workouts so difficult so usually try and head to the gym after work in the evening. However it would be nice to get it out of the way nice early. I'll have to try some of these tips!


    1. I feel the same way, it's hard to get motivated to get up and go, or you have a busy day ahead. I'm so glad my tips could be of help! Thank you for your lovely comments x

  2. I would love to have the motivation to work out before work in the morning but I don't know if I'll ever get there! At the weekends though I much prefer it :)

    Claire | xx

    1. Haha, I feel you! It's much easier at the weekends as you have more time to fit your workout in. I like to think of starting my day off with a workout, getting it done and dusted and then you can get on with your day! :) xx

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  4. I've always really struggled to work out in the morning (especially when it's still dark - boo!) I find working out an hour or so after breakfast gives me time to wake up and look forward to my workout - this year I'm really trying to have fun with it! Blogilates is my jam right now - easy to do inside and I still work up a real sweat.

    Lovely post - it has actually motivated me a little more for my workout tomorrow!

    Becky xo

    1. Haha, yep me too! In these dark winter months, it's so much harder to get out of bed! So true, I love it when you find workouts that you really enjoy and look forward to doing. I'm so glad you enjoyed reading my tips, and that they have motivated you! Good luck with your workouts lovely - I'm sure you're smashing it! xx

  5. Aaah, I loved this post! I 100% agree with you, preparation is key when it comes to working out in the morning. I wish I had time for banana pancakes in the morning, they're a favourite of mine. For gym days, I tend to have a banana before I go and then indulge in some tasty post-gym overnight oats :).
    I find early morning workouts end up being so much more productive than evening ones too. You have so much more energy first thing and I find it leaves me feeling super positive and energised for the rest of the day too, yay!
    Thanks for sharing these tips lovely, I can't wait to see even more of these posts :)
    Tasmin | Grandiose Days


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