While you may be tempted to sleep in, there are several ways to make sure you get moving before you come up with an excuse not to. Here are 10 helpful tips from some of the country's top trainers.
1. Snooze1 of 11
No, not the snooze button.
"Get enough sleep the night before so you're well-rested," Sherman says. Better yet, "move your alarm clock out of arm's reach. This way you will actually have to get out of your warm bed to turn it off."
2. Pair Up2 of 11
"Scheduling your sweat session with a friend is a great way to ensure you get your butt out of bed for that morning workout," says Adam Rosante, author of The 30 Second Body. "When you know someone is counting on you, you'll be far less likely to bail."
3. Get Competitive3 of 11
Rosante suggests making a bet with one of your friends.
"Plan to work out a few times per week for six weeks," he says. "For each planned day, you'll each put a pre-determined amount of money into a 'pot.' Something like five bucks is great. The first person to bail on a session loses and the winner gets the cash.
"Watching that pool grow as your body tones is pretty addictive. If you both last all six weeks, take the money and go out to celebrate with a great meal."
4. Style Yourself4 of 11
New workout clothes are awesome—and they're even better when you take the time to plan out your morning look the night before.
"Be a few steps ahead in order to get out the door seamlessly," Sherman says. "Take a few minutes the night before to lay out your workout gear, charge up the iPod and have your water bottle filled and ready."
5. Be Patient...5 of 11
"Half the battle is simply starting," says Liz Arredondo, an instructor at Be Shri Yoga. "In my early days, a teacher said to me, 'Just give it ten minutes.' Just make it through that first 10 minutes and you'll have forgotten all the doubt and sluggishness of the start of your morning sweat sessions. You blood will be moving and you'll feel better."
6. And Be Gentle6 of 11
"Morning bodies are very tight and need time to wake up," Arredondo says. "We sleep in all kinds of terrible, misaligned positions and most of us wake up a bit stiff. Let your body wake up with some slow, deep breathing paired with gentle stretches before you start moving more actively."
7. Make Yourself Accountable7 of 11
"Post on social media that tomorrow you're going to go to Barry's Bootcamp, SoulCycle, yoga, whatever it may be and invite your friends to meet you there," says Los Angeles-based trainer Astrid Swan. "If you don't show, and they do, well, social media will be all over it!"
In other words, #DontBail.
8. Prep Your Breakfast8 of 11
Swan suggests preparing a make-ahead breakfast the night before. She prefers overnight oats for energy: Mix almond milk, acai, maca, and banana in a blender, then add chia seeds and oats; put in a mason jar and place in fridge overnight.
"You will wake up to a healthy, filling breakfast so you can take on the sweat and the rest of the day," she says.
9. Take The 'Work' Out9 of 11
"Make it fun," Arredondo says. "Put on a good playlist. Spotify is great if you don't love making your own, and find a class or a video that you enjoy."
10. Stay Honest10 of 11
Are you dreading the schlep to the gym? Are you tired from staying up too late? Do you feel like you just don't know what kind of workout to do?
"Spend a few minutes thinking about why you have such a hard time committing to your morning workouts and you can easily figure out a solution that's perfect for you," Rosante says. "You may realize it's time to ditch the gym membership and just start crushing simple workouts right in your living room."