3 Tips Before Starting Your Early Morning Workouts

Going into winter, daylight hours will start diminishing.

For fitness fanatics with busy schedules who opt for the early morning and late-night workouts, the added hours of darkness during winter mean running and training while it’s practically pitch black outside.

If you fall into this category, New York City trainer Jen Rufo is here to help.

While Rufo is all about working out in the dark, she’s quick to point out that safety needs to be at the forefront of your a.m. sessions. Don’t let the early alarm clock distract you from the proper way to start and end a workout.

1. Warm Up Before You Head Out

When in a rush to get a workout started, many forget a vital part of the process: the warm-up. Because mornings are rushed to begin with, this holds particularly true then.

According to Rufo, the warm-up cannot be an afterthought. She stresses that it’s as important as the workout itself.

“Adding a quick warm-up into your routine will loosen up your muscles, prepare your body for the elements and prevent injury” she says.

“As it gets darker it starts getting colder as well” Rufo adds, further justifying why warming up is so essential.

2. Focus on Your Breathing

Waking up in the early hours or staying awake later than usual can have you feeling groggy and tired.

Rufo says the solution is not hitting the snooze button or pulling the blankets up higher on the bed; it’s taking a deep breath.

“Breathe to keep your mind awake for those dark winter hours” says Rufo.

It may seem simple but the way you breathe can affect the effort that you put into your workout. When the sleepiness starts to settle in, you’re going to need to power through it.

“This will help you stay alert and present as it gets darker outside” Rufo says. “It’ll also help you last during your workout and help with endurance.”

Staying focused on your breathing pattern will allow you to hone in on your body and listen to what it’s telling you. This will make your workout more meaningful and intense.

3. Take Care of Your Body

Even though it may be early, you should still have a quick bite before you work out.

“Fuel your body right!” says Rufo. “Stay super hydrated and eat for fuel to keep your body and mind alert and ready!”

“It doesn’t have to be a full meal” she adds. “Eat something small like a banana.”

Instead of focusing on being hungry and tired, you will then feel satisfied and fuelled.