Behold the Morning Person: high vis, pre 6am, pounding the streets of London – or on their way home from the gym before you’ve had your the first coffee of the day. They glow at their desks, are hugely productive from the get go, full of those post workout endorphins. We hate them! Just kidding – lots of us harbour a secret ambition to BE them.
Here’s some news; you too can become morning person! According to the Body Clock Guide to Better Health, truly only 1 in 10 of us is a natural born morning person and interestingly 2 in 10 of us are night owls, this leaves the highest proportion of people in the middle range, meaning that you can train yourself to love mornings!
Here’s how to trick your body:
- Plan ahead: Pack accordingly and get in bed early. You could even aim to get out the door in 10-15 minutes, with everything you need already in a bag. Why not throw in a bit of breakfast too? Overnight oats are perfect for this one.
- Grab a buddy: A work out buddy, trainer, friend, you name it – someone who’ll be there sweating alongside you in a 6.30am class. You’ll feel too bad to let the side down by hitting snooze and there’s actually some comfort in the knowledge that they might be feeling the morning struggle too.
- Get some sunshine: According to the National Sleep Foundation, when your eyes sense light, it sets off a chain reaction in your brain that leaves you feeling alert and energised. Sleep near a window with the curtains drawn, or if it’s dark outside, invest in a light box or an alarm clock with sunrise feature.
- Long distance your alarm clock: Set your alarm on the other side of the room, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off, therefore removing the obstacle of a warm bed. When it comes to ringtones, there are two schools of thought on this; if you can handle it, set a really unpleasant ringtone to wake you up and you’ll be jumping out of bed in no time. Or set some pumping, fast paced music to chime with your workout heartbeat.
If all of this isn’t enough to get you going, then let us illuminate you on the benefits of a morning workout: it increases metabolism, improves physical and mental energy, you’ll sleep better and let’s not forget about the supreme bragging rights that come with early morning exercise!