Nighttime You has big plans. Nighttime You swears you’ll exercise first thing the next morning. Nighttime You researches the A.M. gym schedule, sets the alarm, and congratulates yourself on being smart enough to get the fitness part of your day over with early, so you have the rest of the day to yourself.
Then Morning You comes along and ruins everything. Morning You hits the snooze button, goes back to bed, and leaves you scrambling to find time to exercise sometime later in the day.
Hudson Valley fitness instructor Barbara Vinciguerra has taught classes that as early as 6 a.m. — and they’ve packed. It helps that she inspired a following so devoted, her students followed her into the early-morning hours just to work out with her. Here are some of Vinciguerra’s tips for getting up out of bed to exercise.
“Schedule your early-morning workouts with a friend or friends for motivation, accountability, and camaraderie,” says Vinciguerra. During the pandemic, keep your workouts safe by wearing a mask and social distancing.
“Pack your bag or lay out your clothes the night before,” she says. “It saves you time, and the action of laying out your clothes or packing your bag mentally commits you.”
“Find an activity that you really enjoy doing that you looking forward to going to in the morning versus something you dread doing,” she says. “Liking what you do and doing what you like go a long way towards helping you get up and out of bed early in the morning to exercise.”
“Sign up for a program or a class that makes you make a commitment to going,” she says. Depending on comfort level, this may mean joining a virtual class from a local fitness instructor that can be completed from the comfort of your living room.
“As Nike says: Just Do It,” she says. “You will thank yourself and feel better about it once you’re done. We all know once we are up, out of bed, and have gotten the workout in how much better we feel about ourselves.”
Need to see this early-morning motivation in action? Check out Fit House in Ardsley, which Vinciguerra owns.