The Earlybird catches the worm
5 SIMPLE STEPS TO get to that early morning Parkfit class!!

Are you a serial snoozer when the alarm goes off? Let’s see if we can convince you of the benefits of waking up early and starting the day right - because what’s better than getting your fitness session done whilst most people are still sleeping, setting you up for the day!  

Waking up early can be a little hard at first, however once you put a few steps into place, you'll become a morning person in no time!

So here goes, follow these simple steps and you soon will be gloating to your friends that you’ve already got your fitness session in the bag before the kids have the school books in theirs!

Step 1 - Goal setting.  Small goals are more achievable and achieving them makes you feel good about yourself. Once you’ve accomplished your goal, you can move onto the next one - this makes you more likely to stick with it!  Write them down - and read them before you go to sleep.  There’s a good chance that the last thing you think about before you go to bed will be the first thing you think of when you wake up - result!  Get your fitness clothes out and lay them at the end of your bed. Remind yourself why you started Parkfit and what you want to achieve.  Then as soon as that alarm goes off, you will know why it’s important to get out of bed and get the day started. Even have your goals next to your bed and ready to re-read as soon as you wake up. By having that constant reminder of where you want to go, will help you get motivated for the day.

Step 2 – Get hydrated
When you wake up you are instantly dehydrated which is half the reason you can feel so groggy and want to fall asleep. Most people then make the mistake of reaching for a coffee straight away, which only dehydrates you more. As soon as you wake up, the first thing you need to do is drink at least two big glasses of room temperature water, with a big squeeze of lemon in it. Also try sprinkle of some Himalayan salt in the water, which will help restore all your electrolytes. If you have to reach for the caffeine, make sure it’s after you’ve rehydrated yourself.

Step 3 – Put your alarm clock across the room - that way you have to get out of bed to turn it off (before it wakes the rest of the house!) and once you’re up…..?! well no excuse now!  As soon as you are up, there is no point going back to sleep - especially when you catch sight of your running gear!  If you need an extra nudge consider writing yourself a big note saying - “Come on lazy, get out there!!”

Step 4 – Set a solid sleeping routine - and stick to it!  
If you are guilty of going to bed super late watching television, surfing the internet, indulging in hours of social media or burning the midnight oil working - then you need to stop. To become a morning person you need make sure you have a regular sleeping routine, so your body clock knows when it’s time to go to sleep - and when it’s time to get up. We recommend giving yourself at least an hour of no technology before you go to sleep, which gives you the best  chance to unwind from a busy day and promotes good sleep.

Step 5 – Get dressed
As soon as you get dressed you are telling your body, it’s time to get up and start the day. Make sure you lay out your clothes the night before, so it’s all ready to go as soon as you wake up. Ensure your breakfast is all prepared the night before. The more obstacles you can remove from yourself in the morning the easier it will be to get the day started.
Remember living a healthy life is all about the habits you create for yourself and stick to on a daily basis - so set a routine that’s easy to stick to and doesn’t disrupt you or the rest of the family.  This way you have the best chance of success.  

So to become a morning person, you just need to make a few simple shifts in your daily habits. Once you;ve taken the plunge and done it once, the feeling you get will spur you on to do it again and again.  So start getting up early, make sure you set yourself a healthy morning routine that will get you motivated and ready to take on the day. You will become a regular face at the Earlybird classes in no time!!

Happy Days!