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Cindy L asked the question in Exercise before 8am every day for 7 days

Any tips on getting out of bed at stupid o'clock? :)

I know this sounds silly, but I find it really difficult to get out of bed earlier than the normal 7.45-8am. Dont get me wrong, i wake at this time even on the weekends, but it would be quite nice to wake early enough to run with the sunrise, but i always have too many excuses when my alarm goes off! Any tips i can use in my groggy morning state to encourage waking up? :)

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As strange as it may sound, you may actually practice getting up on the sound of alarm clock. This is a known (not famous though) pshycological technique.

Mamals works on reflexes. Google conditioned reflex by Ivan Pavlov for technical details (not on waking up but on reflexes and actions).

In the evening, when you're not stressed. Just set the alarm after 5 minutes past current time. Go to bed, and pretend to sleep. Yes! You are trying to fool your mind. When it rings simply get out of the bed, and go wash your face. Do this 3-4 times daily for 5-7 days, I bet you'll see the difference.

Disclaimer: I am not claiming to have invented this technique, just sharing what I have learned. Hope this helps.

Sports-iqbronze Raj D answered Comment

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Turn a light on as soon as the alarm goes off. :-)

Sports-iqbronze Dianne P answered Comment

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Prepare the night before, tell yourself as soon as your alarm goes off you will get up and have a great run, once you get back from the run you will feel great.

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Rather than hitting snooze, make yourself get up and get a glass of water. I do that, once I'm up, I don't really have the desire to get back in bed!

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I have been getting up at 4 lately, I set three alarms, and as soon as they go off I try to get up. It is easy to "just get up in a few minutes" and fall right asleep.

Sports-iqbronze Justin W answered Comment

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I have mine 5 minutes apart. 3 on my phone, 1 on the alarm clock.

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When your alarm goes off in the morning, do you curse its very existence and hit the snooze button eight times before you actually pull yourself out of bed? If you're not a morning person, there's no way you could begin to understand how other people can wake up early and fit in an hour workout before getting ready and heading off to work. Yes, some people are just naturally perky in the morning and prefer sweating it out in the a.m., but then there's the rest of us who make a point to work out in the morning because it's the only time we can fit it in.

If you find that you're skipping out on exercise altogether because you're too busy, have meetings, have family obligations, or are just plain exhausted, then morning workouts might be just the thing you need. How can a non-morning person turn into a morning exerciser? Learn a handful of ways to become an early riser when you read more.

  1. Get to bed early the night before. Even if you're one of those rare people who can survive on less than five hours of sleep that is not enough snooze time if expect to wake up and have energy for a morning workout. That means you can't go to bed at midnight and expect to rise and shine at 5 a.m. Get into the habit of going to bed early enough so you get at least eight hours of zzz's.
  2. If you're not sleepy at night, trylimiting your caffeineduring the day, and be finished with your last caffeinated bev by 4 p.m. Warm baths, a cup of tea, and ditching the TV and computer use before bed can also encourage you to relax and fall asleep more easily.
  3. Creativelymotivate yourself. When you're cozy under your sheets telling yourself you feel great after you exercise will probably not help you jump out of bed. Get creative with your means of motivation. Make a new workout playlist, or get excited to wear your new sneaks. Conjure up the image of that cute guy you've seen at the gym lately. Get psyched about a tasty new breakfast idea. If you have something you're looking forward to once you wake up, you'll find it impossible not to get out of bed.
  4. Make a date and set a time. You know you loveZumbaand your gym only offers it at 6 a.m. Make an appointment with a trainer or plan to meet afitness buddyat the park to go for a run. Scheduling morning workouts is a surefire way to get you there.
  5. Reward your morning exercise efforts. Either give yourself a little treat after each morning workout or make a goal to exercise every day, Monday through Friday and on the last day, buy yourself a new fitness top, get a pedicure, or go to the movies with a friend. Rewards are huge motivators, and thinking about the pleasure that comes after your hard work may give you that emotional push out of bed.

Sports-iqgold Suyash B answered Comment

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your welocme Cindy, all the best with your workouts........

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Kepp your kit by the side of the bed.  Set your alarm and when it goes off just do it.  Don't think about it.  Light on, kit on and out the door.  Grab some water on the way ;-)

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