When you are trying to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle, one of the first things that you will likely hear is that first thing in the morning is an important time for two basic things. Those are a nutritious breakfast and a great workout. That said, if you’re not a morning person, then when your alarm goes off, a brisk walk and a good meal are likely about as appealing to you as a root canal.
Fortunately, there are some tricks that you can use to turn yourself into a morning person, even if you have been a night owl for nearly your entire life. This will help you to be able to get more out of your life, to get your day going in a great mood, and even to lose weight in a healthier and more effective way.
Keep in mind that this change is not something that will happen as rapidly as the flick of a switch. Instead, there is a transition, and the first couple of weeks are usually the most challenging and will require the largest amount of willpower. However, after those two weeks, everything will start to become easier and you will start to see a considerable difference in your attitude, mood, health, and weight loss. On average, the entire process will take about two months and it will only become increasingly easier after that first two week period is behind you.
Use the following tips to help you along the way to becoming a morning person:
• Plan ahead – do as much as you can the night before so that getting up and going is a process that is as easy as possible. For example, pack your lunch, make as much of your breakfast as you can, and put out your clothes (including matching shoes). Have your gym or laptop bag (whatever it is that you bring with you) all ready to go. This will automatically buy you more time and keep your stress levels down.
• Don’t leave everything until bedtime – unpack and re-pack your lunch bag as soon as you get home. Do any preparation that you hate doing as soon as you walk in the door, before you sit down for the first time. That way, you’ll get it out of the way so that you can relax afterward and you won’t risk becoming too tired and lazy to do it before heading to bed.
• Go to bed at the same time – this includes weekends. Choose a reasonable hour and go to bed at that exact same time every night. Start winding down about an hour beforehand and you’ll find that with each day, you’ll start getting more tired as that time approaches.
• Get up at the same time – this also includes weekends. Pock a time that will let you get everything done without rushing around at panic speed. When you stick to this time, your mind will start to set its own clock so that you’ll begin waking automatically quite close to the time that your alarm goes off.
• Smile – put a smile on your face and try to make it look as genuine as possible. This will actually trick your brain into thinking that you are happier. Do this a few times as you get ready and you will – believe it or not – put yourself in a more positive mood!
• Do an exercise you enjoy – choose a workout like yoga or walking briskly that you like to do. This will make it easier to face when you’re not quite feeling the motivation quite yet.
• Cut yourself some slack – even morning people have their rough days. Give yourself the time you need to get used to your new schedule and don’t be hard on yourself if you’re not loving every moment of it at the start. It’s more of a process than an instant change to become a morning person.