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30 Things to Say to Yourself to Avoid Sleeping Through Your Morning Workout

By , SparkPeople Blogger
You meant well at bedtime. You registered online for spin class, set out your gym clothes, shared your intentions with your significant other and drifted off to sleep with visions of strong, sculpted legs and glutes dancing in your head.
But that was eight hours ago.
Now, jolted into reality by the very loud, very rude alarm, that early-morning workout isn't quite so appealing. On the contrary, it seems like cruel and unusual punishment. And you'd be willing to trade pretty much anything—money, chocolate, even a couple of the pounds you've already lost—to sink back into the dream you were just enjoying.
But wait! Before turning off the alarm and nestling back under the covers, borrow one (or more) of these quick-but-effective motivators to make sure your sleepy 6 a.m. brain won't do something you'll spend all day regretting. And if you’re worried you won't be able to remember any of these mantras in the morning, write your favorite ones down right next to your bed where you will see them first thing.
  1. "I am stronger than my strongest excuse."
  2. "I'll never regret waking up, but I'll definitely regret going back to sleep."
  3. "There will be a day when I can no longer do this. Today is not that day."
  4. "I did not wake up today to be mediocre."
  5. "Better sore than sorry."
  6. "If not now, when?"
  7. "This is my fresh start."
  8. "I'm just one workout away from a good mood."
  9. "Get it over with! I'll feel better if I do it now."
  10. "Three months from now, I'll thank myself."
  11. "If nothing changes, nothing changes."
  12. "I will do something important and meaningful this morning."
  13. "Do it for those who can't."
  14. "It's a new day and a new beginning. It's up to me how it starts."
  15. "Today, I will love myself enough to exercise."
  16. "Nothing lifts my mood like a good workout."
  17. "I'm grateful for the ability to wake up."
  18. "Think about how good I’ll feel when I'm finished."
  19. "I'm grateful for the ability to move my body."
  20. "I need this. I deserve this."
  21. "If I'm still tired later, I can take a nap—and nothing's better than enjoying a nap after a workout is over."
  22. "It's now or never."
  23. "Someone more tired than me is awake and already working out."
  24. "I can do this."
  25. "A body at rest wants to stay at rest. A body in motion wants to stay in motion."
  26. "Time to get stronger."
  27. "Nothing worth doing is easy."
  28. "This is the first thing I can control today."
  29. "Let's do this."
  30. "I am grateful for this day."
What mantras do you use to get motivated and get moving?

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JIACOLO 6/26/2020
I really wish I liked morning exercising! Report
DMEYER4 4/4/2020
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CECELW 4/4/2020
im so not a morning person Report
ROBINRS 4/4/2020
I'm a morning person who nearly always is up before the alarm but these saying should help me get to exercise instead of wasting time doing something else before work. Report
AQUAGIRL08 4/4/2020
I do my best when I have a routine! Report
LEANJEAN6 4/4/2020
feeling grateful does help get thru the "news" Report
RCLYKE 4/4/2020
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EMGERBER 4/4/2020
No excuses now not to workout we have lots of extra time being in lockdown. Report
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EVILCECIL 10/22/2019
Great article. Report
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This is great! i saved to Pinterest Report
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Great article. Thanks for sharing. Report
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MARICRUZH 7/9/2019
I use ‘if you can, you must’ - read it from someone that recover from paralysis and is able to walk now Report
So good I saved it in notes and took pics of some things thanks Report
LIS193 7/9/2019
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I tell myself that when I get up early to work out I have more "me" time later in the day. Report
I need a better quote to wake up at 5am- which is when I need to wake up by if I'm going to work out. 6am is just enough time to get out the door. Report
"I like walking and this starts my morning well." Report
Luckily for me, I have an internal alarm clock that gets me up every morning! Report
It’s so worth it, SparkFriends. Get it in where you can fit it in. Report
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Love this article! One of my biggest challenges is motivating myself to set the alarm earlier to get up and do just a 1 mile Linda Sansone indoor walking video (YouTube), but I always end up hitting the snooze 2-3 times, thinking the comfort and warmth of bed outweighs (pun intended) how good I would feel by exercising and getting the blood moving in the morning! I will try some of these mantras! Report
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Wonderful mantras! Report
RAin is the only deterant to our morning walk. Otherwise can’t bear the look of disappointment in my dogs eyes if I move too slow in the morning. Report
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I'm not much in the mornings. Report
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