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50lbstomuch
01-08-2007, 10:42 AM
I want so badly to get up early in the morning and do a workout and not have to rush around the house. I have 3 alarms right now and i just keep hitting snooze on all of them until im late and have to run around. I just cant seem to drag myself out of bed. Any ideas of what i can do to make myself get up early. I usually go to bed at a decent time so i shouldnt be that tired. Help me get up.:faint:


Heather
01-08-2007, 10:45 AM
How much earlier are you trying to get up? Maybe you could ease into it. Start by just setting the clock a few minutes early, and just do a few minutes of exercise. Over the next few weeks, set the clock earlier and earlier and do more exercise...

Mami
01-08-2007, 10:46 AM
You just don't sound like a morning person. It might be easier to schedule your workout for lunch or in the evening instead. I AM a morning person (NEVER need an alarm to wake up at 7am every morning), and even I don't feeling like doing a work out first thing. Though its true that the later it gets, the less likely it is that we'll do our workouts.


50lbstomuch
01-08-2007, 10:49 AM
well i have to leave my house by 7:15 and i have two kids that i have to get ready. I set my alarm for 6:15 but i keep falling back asleep until i see that its already 7 and i jump out of bed and rush around getting us ready. I hate it.

alinnell
01-08-2007, 11:06 AM
You just don't sound like a morning person. It might be easier to schedule your workout for lunch or in the evening instead. I AM a morning person (NEVER need an alarm to wake up at 7am every morning), and even I don't feeling like doing a work out first thing. Though its true that the later it gets, the less likely it is that we'll do our workouts.

I am truly a morning person. I get so much done before I head out the door to work! I've already done my workout, fixed breakfasts and lunches, done some laundry and I still have half an hour before I have to leave. I absolutely HATE running around because we're going to be late. Sleeping in for me is getting up at 6:00 (my alarm is set for 4:40, but I always wake up before it goes off).

On the other hand, don't ask me to do anything after work. Sure, I fix dinner, but I hate running any errands or doing any work of any kind. Evenings are for relaxing!

So, you need to decide what kind of person you are and then decide when is the best time to exercise.

Angel33
01-08-2007, 11:08 AM
First off I agree with Wyllenn about just easing into it.
Also one thing I did was I moved my alarm clock across the room so that I would have to get out of bed to shut it off. I also lay my workout clothes right by the clock.
Believe me I know its not easy but once you do it more and more it becomes part of your routine. I too have to leave at 7:15 and deal with getting my 3 year old ready. She is so not a morning person either.
I have been getting up at 5:00am, 5 days a week for almost a year now. I found that this is the only me time I get. Just keep plugging away, you'll get there.

Best of luck to you.

50lbstomuch
01-08-2007, 11:09 AM
well i know that i am not a morning person, and i do work out in the evening. But i would really like to try to work out twice a day. And i hate the rushing around. I want to be more of a morning person but i dont know how.

jillybean720
01-08-2007, 11:17 AM
Also one thing I did was I moved my alarm clock across the room so that I would have to get out of bed to shut it off.
This is exactly what I was going to suggest--put your alarm AWAY from your bed so you have no choice but to get OUT of bed to turn it off.

I get up around 4:15am every weekday. I wouldn't call myself a "morning person" because I'm certainly not cheery or even completely coherent at that time, but I do it because I know I HAVE to. I don't know--something in my head just tells me that I don't have the option of just "snoozing" through the morning.

Mami
01-08-2007, 11:27 AM
WOW! 4:15? 5am? UGH! You ladies have heart!

midwife
01-08-2007, 01:03 PM
Ditto Jill and Angel33. Move the clock. After that it comes down to self-discipline. I am sure that rushing is not fun for the kids either. Good luck.

AquaWarlock
01-08-2007, 01:03 PM
I have trouble with morning right now 'cause it's winter (I tend to get up with the sun) ~ fortunately, my iHome (docker/speaker system for iPod) eases my way into wakefulness playing my favorite tunes--so I don't snooze/shut it off. I'm sure some CD boomboxes, which are cheaper, have that kind of option as well -- or just tune your radio alarm clock to your favorite station.

And it feels great starting the day knowing you've already done your exercise rather than worry about making time for it for the rest of the day (and if I feel like working out again in the afternoon, it'll be a bonus! :) )

LittleElectron
01-08-2007, 01:04 PM
Oh, man. I'm still in college and have only two 9 am classes. Waking up at 8:00 is early for me is early. Waking up at 7:30 is unheard of. Although, on the flip side of that, I get a lot of my workouts in from 11:30pm-12:30am.

I've found that the more I snooze, the more tired I get. I am usually better off just getting out of bed the second my alarm rings. This is advice I rarely even take myself :(

Good luck and hang in there!

Chestnutlass
01-08-2007, 02:07 PM
Also a timed light works great. I bought an inexpensive timer for my bedroom lamps and they go on about 15 minutes before my alarm. It allows me to wake peacefully and to get motivated to get up (it definately helps in the winter!!!) I also have them timed to turn off when I should be leaving my room. Keeps me from putzing in the morning!!


Mari

Grumbleworts
01-08-2007, 09:20 PM
Hello! I'm with the ladies that say move the clock, but also, when you get up to turn it off, make your bed. I am not a morning person but I teach high school, and I get up at 5-5:20 to get started early in the mornings. Making the bed is such effort cause I have a lot of pillows and shams and a couple stuffed animals (and unmaking it means I have to do it all over again) that I don't want to undo it again. I tried getting up at 4:15 to work out (congrats to you for doing it jillybean) but i get migraines, and for whatever reason, that seemed to aggravate it. So now I go in the evenings after school. Its a pain, and sometimes I have to drag my butt there, but I always am glad later.

But yeah. Make the bed. Put clothes out so you can't miss them. See what works for you. Make the effort to try it straight for at least a week, no matter how grumpy or annoyed you get. Then maybe you'll be more likely to continue.

Good luck!

kamby
01-08-2007, 09:45 PM
Waking up is a bummer, ESPECIALLY on days you have to work :(
I hate having to wake up early but its just something I *KNOW* I have to do. So if your trying to get up early to get things done in the morning you just have to get in the right 'mindset' ! Goodluck! cuz, I'm definately NOT a morning person.

Nikaia
01-08-2007, 10:17 PM
All of this is good advice. I have something to add, though.

Research has shown that we go through "cycles" of sleep stages. Each cycle is approximately 90 minutes, give or take a few minutes. People who were awakened at the lightest part of the sleep cycle - ie, between cycles - were much more alert, able to get out of bed easier, and reported feeling less tired or sluggish during the day, whereas people who were awakened at random other points during the cycle were groggy and inclined to fall back asleep quickly.

So what you do is you pick a wakeup time. Say, 7 AM. Then you work back in 90-minute increments. 7 AM, 5:30 AM, 4 AM, 2:30 AM, 1 AM, 11:30 PM, 10 PM. So if you're going to wake at 7, your best times for going to sleep are 10 or 11:30 at night. It takes time to get used to this system, but it's actually worked pretty well for me.

crazynette826
01-08-2007, 10:53 PM
I have the same problem with getting up in the morning!!! I hate mornings!(That's why I work nights now!) But back when I did have to get up at 5:00 am, I put one alarm clock across the room, and one set 5 minutes later in the bathroom. That way I had to get up and move. I tried it with just one across the room, but I would get up, turn it off, and climb back in bed. Like I said, I really hate mornings!! The timer for the light is a good idea also. Wish I'd thought of that. Good luck!

Aquanetrocker
01-08-2007, 11:23 PM
I'm not a morning person, but my dad is. He wakes up at 4:30am for fun! When I need to be up early I have him call me, this way I get up to answer the phone and I get to talk to my dad a little bit before my day starts.
You might try asking a friend or family member that you know is awake at that time to call you just to make sure you're up.

Cheryl14
01-09-2007, 12:48 AM
Help you want to get up...OK, here goes!

1) In the morning it is peaceful and nobody in your family will be awake to interrupt you. Even the dogs/cats etc. will still be asleep!

2) When you see everyone else after THEY wake up , you will be able to think of yourself as a very smart cookie who ALREADY is DONE with a great workout for the day compaired to all those other "lazy" people who wasted their opportunity by SLEEPING!

3) Exercise in the morning allows you to eat a hearty breakfast because you already have created a calorie deficit!

4) Your morning shower will feel even more glorious AFTER you sweat to your exercise program.

5) You can begin daily conversations with, "Wow! My workout was really tough this morning!" People are ALWAYS impressed by those who have already completed their workout by 8:00AM or earlier!

6) I heard that cardio/weight training keeps the metabolism high for several hours AFTER your workout! It's like getting a head start which lets you eat more even at lunch without gaining weight. Nice bonus!

7) Even if you choose NOT to exercise any more during the day or in the evening, you will KNOW that you have ALREADY completed your workout. You can look at other workouts that day as EXTRAS!

8) There is minimal chance that anything will prevent your workout from happening if you exercise in the morning. (Often my family creates a new agenda for me in the afternoon and/or evening.) Nobody is anywhere close to being awake when I am up in the morning!

9) Sunrise is AWESOME!

10) After your workout you can be the first one to read your morning paper!

OK...so there you have it! Hope these things help!

Good luck!

Cheryl

tyme
01-09-2007, 12:57 AM
have you tried putting the alarm clock on the other side of the room and turning it up LOUD? or maybe one of the light alarm clocks that gets gradually brighter..... I make myself drink water before I hit snooze... I have to be awake enough not to choke- so I am more awake.... getting up is another matter entirely! maybe some one you know could call you and tell you to get your you know what out of bed? we should start a service (I know I would use it!)

Beach Patrol
01-09-2007, 12:15 PM
LIGHT. The alarm(s) will WAKE you up... but to GET UP, you need LIGHT.

After my alarm goes off, I hit snooze. The 2nd time it goes off, I turn on the light above my bed. I then proceed to stretch a bit, roll over, stretch some more, wipe the sleep outta my eyes, open my eyes a little, stretch some more... and by the 3rd time the alarm goes off, I AM UP.

Try it. The light really works. :carrot: