How to Schedule Workouts Before Work

How to Schedule Workouts Before Work

Working out in the morning definitely has some advantages, especially because it gives you that chance to get your workout out of the way -- no excuses. But if you're headed to work in the morning and you already have a tight schedule, you might not see where exercise fits into your morning routine. By scheduling time for a morning workout, you can get your day started on the right foot.

Get the sleep you need. The National Sleep Foundation recommends between seven to nine hours of sleep each night for healthy adults. When you're tired and sluggish, you're more likely to hit that snooze button and sacrifice exercise for a few more minutes of shut-eye before work. By giving yourself a bedtime -- and a wake-up call -- you can make sure you're rested and ready to go.

Prep as much as you can the night before. When your schedule's tight, you might ditch the workout to give yourself more time to prep for work. Instead, lay out your workout clothes the night before, prep a healthy breakfast -- the American Heart Association suggests complex carbs before a workout -- and fill your water bottle before you go to bed. That way, there are no excuses when you wake up in the morning -- you just have to grab your stuff and go.

Give yourself the time you need to get up, exercise and then get ready for work. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that healthy adults get 30 minutes of cardio exercise five days per week, plus two to three days of strength training. If you plan for 45 minutes of warm-up, exercise and cool-down, you can better plan your entire morning to get to work on time.

Pack a smart gym bag. You're going to need to shower anyway -- grab your work wear and your shower products and get ready for work at the gym to save time. You can even keep dry shampoo on hand -- a quick dusting before your shower and you won't have to re-do your hair for the day. This cuts out the time it takes to go home, shower and change for work. If you do need to head home first, streamline the process and have all of your work clothes ready to go.

Build your workout routine around something you really love. If you hate running, you're probably not going to drag yourself out of bed to hit the pavement when you could be sleeping. Instead, try an early spin class with a couple of friends or hit the pool for some laps if you prefer. Having something that you look forward to goes a long way in motivating you to schedule your day around exercise.