There's nothing better than getting your exercise in before you even get to work. [But let's face it: there's nothing worse than having your alarm go off before the sun has even come up.
If you need some extra help dragging yourself out of bed, look no further than this reddit thread, which asked: "People who choose to get up early and work out, what is your inner talk that motivates you out of bed?"
Thousands of people commented — and with their advice, maybe you'll find yourself becoming less like this:
And more like this:
Here's what some of the respondents had to say:
"Yesterday you said tomorrow"
From Crossover9988: "... I used to stay up 'til 2 a.m. each night 'til I saw this quote in a Nike ad that said 'yesterday you said tomorrow.' IDK, I just said keep going until it becomes enjoyable — it’s really just alone time to listen to the music you want to jam out to!"
Count down from six
From HarmlessSponge: "... If you're having trouble moving, use that six-second rule people talk about. Count down from six — the rule is you have to be doing the thing you don't want by the time you get to one. And you never let yourself reach one. You'll be moving in no time."
Make a morning routine
From AMA_About_Rampart: "There's not a lot of inner talk involved. I get up 90 minutes before I need to be at the gym, so after showering and a small breakfast, I get to watch Netflix for around a half hour. If I were to hop out of bed and head straight for the gym, then that probably wouldn't go well... I like to have a chance to relax for a bit beforehand."
From Shiv_: "Discipline trumps motivation. Even your best attempt at motivating yourself will occasionally fail. But if it's discipline that drives you, you don't need to be motivated in the first place — you'll just go, whether you want to or not."
Do it for the alone time (and the Pokémon)
From HordeShadowPriest: "I don't go to the gym or do any weights, but I run each morning. Right now is the best, it's still kind of cool outside and just great running weather. I do it because I get my alone time — and I get a little bit of Pokémon GO in there as well."
Think about all that energy you're getting
From AntiparticleCollider: "I like to have the mindset that working out doesn't costenergy, it gives you energy."
Think of the terrible lines for equipment
From SheZowRaisedByWolves: "It's either go early morning and get to use any machine you need or go later and have to stand in actual lines to use the bench. Seriously, fuck evenings at gyms near shopping districts and high schools."
Find some workout buddies
From gamingwithganky: "Having other people at the gym who expect you to show up and work out with them. That is often enough to at least get out of bed."
Invest in... farm animals?