How to Push Yourself Out of Bed and On the Trail This Weekend

When the alarm sounds early in the morning, maybe even before the sun has started to rise, it's very tempting to hit the snooze button and drift off back to sleep rather than getting up and hitting the trail. You know your body needs the exercise and you'll feel great afterward, but how do you get out of that comfortable, warm bed?

The next time you feel like sleeping in, try these tips below to help get yourself out of the bed and on the trail.

Wake up slowly

Jumping immediately out of bed and heading straight out to the trail may not be the best option. Your body needs time to wake up, and if you push too hard too soon, you may find yourself feeling sluggish. Try waking up slowly and give your body time to wake up fully before you head out to exercise so you can go with a clear mind and refreshed body.

Get an alarm that senses your body's rhythm

Waking up to a blaring alarm clock isn't helpful for anyone and can leave you feeling sleepier if you're awakened during a deep sleep cycle. Look for a circadian alarm clock that lets you wake slowly and easily, without startling you from slumber.

Buy workout gear that you're excited to wear

Sometimes, just having something new or different is enough to make you eager to get up and use it. Try a new workout outfit that you love and feel great in, or even new shoes. Or find a great deal on a new gadget or other sports equipment online. New gear can be a great motivator to get outside and get moving.

Grab a cup of coffee

With all the debate over whether caffeine is good for your body, you may think that it's best to stay away from coffee if you're trying to stay fit. But coffee can actually help your workouts by increasing your performance and fat loss.

Fill up on protein and fruit

While it isn't a good idea to eat a large breakfast before working out, you should eat a good, healthy meal that provides your body with the energy it needs to wake you up and get you moving. Protein helps your muscles recover after being exerted from exercise. The carbohydrates found in fruit also provide energy to help you workout longer and harder. 

Think of the benefits

Forcing yourself out of bed early in the morning can be a struggle, but focus on how you'll feel after hitting the trail. Do you usually feel energized from spending time outside and exercising your body? Remember that good feeling the next time you're tempted to go back to sleep rather than getting out of bed.

Enlist help

When all else fails, team up with a trail partner. Knowing that you've promised to be there for someone else can make you get out bed just to keep your commitment.

By following these tips, you can make getting out of bed and hitting that trail easier on those mornings when your body just doesn't seem to want to get up. Wake up slowly, eat a breakfast that will give you the energy you need, and find something that will motivate you to get out the door.

Robert Vincent has a knack for creative and effective fitness. He enjoys writing about ways to take charge of your health through exercise and a healthy lifestyle.