9 Weeks — that’s what you get if you wake up one hour earlier every day. 365 hours, 45 days, 9 8-hour work-weeks. Crazy isn’t it? To get that advantage, you need to build the habit of getting up earlier.

Here are some tips to get up, get moving and ensure you get more years out of your life and life out of your years:

  • Go to bed when you’re tired. Your body will naturally adjust your shut down time to help you meet your recovery needs. This is the forcing mechanism of waking up the same time every day. Your body and mind will automatically ensure you get enough sleep to perform your best.
  • Put your alarm on the other side of the room, so when it goes off you have to actually get up and out of bed to turn it off.  That way you are up and moving already and you won’t crawl back into bed to go to sleep.
  • Lights On! And the brighter the better. If you can’t kick the lights on in the bedroom, turn them on in the kitchen/bathroom wherever you get ready. Don’t slow down.
  • Lay out your workout clothes next to your bed the night before, including shoes. The more you can streamline your morning routine, the less you have to think about it and the less overwhelming getting up and getting going will seem.  You can even sleep in your workout clothes if you want to.  I promise no one is looking at you at 6am.
  • Along the same vein, prep breakfast the night before.  Get it as close to ready to go as possible (oatmeal already in a bowl with a spoon, etc) or have ready-to-go breakfasts  you can eat on your way.
  • Set a coffee timer — the caffeine gives your workout an extra boost and the smell will lure you out of bed.
  • On your non-exercise days have a reason to get up. Catch up on your reading or projects you just can’t get to at any other time. And enjoy the fact you’re making the most of every minute of the day.

No excuses.  An hour or two earlier can, over time, put you closer to your goals like nothing else can. I guarantee you will sleeping in, but you will never regret a workout.