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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EVILCECIL 10/22/2019
Great article. Report
I don't do mornings. Report
I don't do mornings. Report
BEEGIRL10PJ 7/11/2019
This is great! i saved to Pinterest Report
JAMER123 7/10/2019
Great article. Thanks for sharing. Report
HOLLYM48 7/10/2019
Great article! Report
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
Thanks Report
RD03875 2/2/2019
Thanks for this article Report
Great article! Report
MBPP50 1/30/2019
Thank you Report
BONIFIANT 1/30/2019
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
GETULLY 1/29/2019
"I like walking and this starts my morning well." Report
FERRETLOVER1 1/20/2019
Luckily for me, I have an internal alarm clock that gets me up every morning! Report
SUNSET09 1/14/2019
It’s so worth it, SparkFriends. Get it in where you can fit it in. Report
ARNETTELEE 12/30/2018
great Report
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
LOSER05 12/25/2018
Thanks Report
KATTHOMAS2 12/24/2018
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
NANCYPAT1 12/24/2018
Thank you for sharing! Report
NANCYPAT1 12/24/2018
Thank you for sharing! Report
KHALIA2 12/23/2018
Great mantras! Thanks! Report
GABY1948 12/22/2018
Great! Report
thanks Report
LOSER05 12/20/2018
Thanks Report
GABY1948 12/18/2018
Good ideas Report
NELLJONES 12/18/2018
I'm not much in the mornings. Report
LIDDY09 12/18/2018
Thanks Report
CECELW 12/17/2018
Really some great tips Report
Awesome...thanks... Report
MSROZZIE 12/17/2018
Excellent need-to-know tips! Report
CECTARR 12/17/2018
Thanks Report
TINYLIBRA 12/17/2018
Love it so much, I wrote each one on a piece of paper and will pick one as soon as I wake up and that will be my quote of the day! Report
PICKIE98 12/17/2018
"Fat in bed, or thinner out of bed?" Report
97MONTY 12/17/2018
Thank you Report
ABELAWSKI 12/17/2018
I really like this list! Report
LIS193 12/17/2018
Routines rock! Report
JAN4342 12/17/2018
Read this while missing exercise class. However, it is rare for me to miss class. Could have used it after all the cookies yesterday.
GETULLY 12/17/2018
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, outta bed! Report
ZORBS13 12/17/2018
I got tired of arguing with myself, mantras, etc. Just do it and save the headache and the argument. Report
JENNAAW 12/17/2018
Wonderful article! For a person my age the best point is the one about "there will be a day when I can longer do this...". I like to make every single one of my remaining days count! Report
AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2018
Good mantras! Report
NEPTUNE1939 12/17/2018
ty Report
AZMOMXTWO 12/17/2018
thank you Report
AMYRCMK 12/17/2018
Love it! Report
ZRIE014 12/17/2018
great information Report
AJB121299 12/16/2018
nice Report