How To Wake Up Early to Work Out

Maybe you made a New Year’s Resolution to workout. Maybe you made a New Year’s Resolution to work out in the mornings. Sometimes, that’s certainly easier said than done, but dragging yourself out of the bed is half the battle. Here are a few of my tips for how to wake up early to workout!

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I have been working out around 5 a.m. for about five years now. I have always been a morning person for the most part, but I wasn’t always a 5 o’clock in the morning person. 🙂 I’ll never say that it’s easy, but 99 percent of the time, it’s worth it — for me!

ONE // Find an accountability group

This tip was the game changer for me. In the beginning of my health journey, I joined a morning boot camp. There were two time slots offered — 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. I would have never made it to work on time if I joined the 6 a.m. group, so 5 a.m. it was! Knowing that each morning, 30 other women were counting on me to wake up early and meet them was incredibly motivating. I knew if I didn’t come, I could expect a “Where were you??” Facebook post a few hours later.

TWO // Lay out your workout clothes the night before

This one may seem insignificant, but it makes a huge difference. When you’re trying to fit in a workout before starting your day, every minute counts. It saves me so much time knowing my clothes are ready to throw on as soon as I roll out of bed. My husband also appreciates that I’m not rifling through the drawers and making a lot of noise that early. 😉

THREE // Go to bed earlier

One key to waking up earlier is going to bed earlier! If waking up early begins to be a habit for you, then going to bed at an earlier time will likely become a natural consequence. I’m usually asleep by 9:30 at the latest. Gotta get those Zzz!

FOUR // Pre-Prep Your Pre-Workout

What is your pre-workout of choice? A lot of people stick to plain old coffee, but I usually drink Spark. I save my coffee for after my workout because I simply don’t have time to wait for it to brew. I can mix my Spark the night before and stick it in the fridge. After I’m dressed and meander my way into the kitchen, it’s just a few minutes before I’m ready to get to work!

FIVE // Stop Hitting Snooze — JUST DO IT

I could tell you to put your alarm on the other side of the room, but if we’re being realistic, you probably use your phone as your alarm. Your phone is probably plugged in next to you all night long! I know mine is. What finally got me out of my snooze habit was getting married. My husband is NOT snoozer and he would be so annoyed if my alarm kept going off every nine minutes. 😀 If I was going to wake up early, I finally just had to get over my excuses and do it.

What time do you choose to workout? Do you have trouble waking up early?

If you enjoyed this post, check out 5 Advantages of Morning Workouts!


  1. says

    Hey Jessica,

    Love this post! I found your post on the Turn it Up Tuesday link party. I completely agree with your tips. They are all so important when starting a morning workout routine. It is vital to not allow yourself to have any excuses. I still have to fight off the excuses so being prepared helps me out so much!

    I would love to mention this post in one of my blog posts and have a link to this post if that would be alright with you? I think this would be a great post for my readers!

    Thanks for sharing your tips!


  2. says

    I’ve been saying of going to wake up and work out since Jan 1st! OK! I can do it!! Thanks for the tips and thanks for linking up with Turn it up Tuesday!

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