Working out is pretty universally accepted as a good thing to do. And when it's a million degrees out by 8:30 a.m., it makes sense to switch your after-work run for an early (like, really early) morning cardio session. But that doesn't make it any less daunting to leave the sweet embrace of a bed to go out to the gym, on a run, or down to the living room to do reps. If you're wondering how to motivate yourself to work out in the morning, fear not — there are a host of motivational hacks to help you sustainably make the shift to morning exercise without it being the worst thing in the world. Bustle talked to personal trainer and health expert Ashley Walter of Living With Ashley about the best and most effective ways to motivate yourself to get into workout mode while the rest of the world is snoring.
The key word here is "sustainable." If you work night shifts, have young children, or find it difficult to sleep, early morning workouts may not, well, work for you — and that's completely OK. If, however, you find that trying to fit in a workout in an afternoon or evening leaves you tired and running out of time for the rest of your life, a morning regimen might be better for your overall lifestyle, and prove easier over time. Here are seven hacks to make rolling out of bed and into your sneakers ever so slightly easier.