How to Wake Up Early to Work-Out


How to Wake Up Early to Workout - Feel like you just can't roll out of bed to get yourself to the gym in the morning? These tips will turn you into a morning person and will show you that it's totally possible. PLUS, there's a free checklist you can download so you'll be prepped and ready the night before! Click here to get it right away!

Hey there!

I am so glad that you are here. I know exactly what you’re looking for, and I totally get it. You are struggling with getting your butt out of bed in the morning in order to get your workout in.

Believe me, you are not alone, and that is why I’m going to show you exactly how to stop the struggle and start making early mornings a hell of a lot easier in no time!

First of all though, I’ve got to tell you. Most people are putting themselves through hell trying to get out of bed early every morning.

  • That’s because they’re doing it wrong.
  • It doesn’t have to be so hard
  • It doesn’t have to be a struggle

I’m going to show you the exact steps to making it happen the right way so you can be on your way to consistent morning workouts that are done and out of the way before your day even begins.

Make sure you grab your checklist for success so you can follow along.


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    • Holly Waterfall says

      I used to hate mornings a LOT. This was not an easy transition for me. At the beginning, I could only wake up that early a few times a week. Now, I can’t imagine not getting up early. The blog would suffer a lot if I didn’t have those few extra hours in the morning. Good LUCK!! I hope it works for you.

  1. says

    I am amazed you’ve been able to train yourself to get up that early. I feel like I’m moving in the opposite direction and sleeping in later. What do you do with your time when you wake up, since you exercise after work? I like the drink water tip a lot!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Well, like I said, it wasn’t easy at all to get to this point. But I stayed consistent and kept on trying. With that being said, I definitely sleep in later than I used to on the weekends trying to “catch up” from the week. As far as what I do – all blog work. Mostly social media scheduling, commenting on blogs, and editing pictures for posts (that I write either during my lunch hour or in the evening). Even with the extra time, I’m still just barely staying afloat with my business, but it’s better than drowning. Now to find a way to gain more hours so I could actually find PROGRESSION! I hope you try out at least one of the tips Heidi… I, too, like the water one 🙂

  2. Julie says

    Did you mention, what time do you go to bed? I stay up too late but I’m gradually forcing myself to go to bed earlier because it’s really wearing on me! I imagine myself getting up early to spend a few hours with myself but it makes me tired even thinking about it. Maybe I’ll start trying a little harder 😉

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Yes, that is the magic question, now isn’t it? Well, I definitely don’t go to sleep early enough at all and am usually pretty sleepy during the day. I’m usually in bed by 10:30 and asleep by 11. so that’s only 5 hours of sleep. But on the weekends, I easily get 8-10 hours a night. I hope you give it a whirl!

  3. says

    Great post! I am actually a morning person but some mornings (especially if I didn’t get enough sleep the night before) are tough. I think I’m going to try getting up a little earlier now to get some more work done before I exercise! Are you still able to get enough sleep waking up at 4:00 am?

    Thanks for the tips!


    • Holly Waterfall says

      Miranda, I will be the first to admit, that I am definitely more sleep-deprived than I’d like to admit, but I feel as though my body has adjusted to functioning on 5-6 hours a night and getting 9-10 on the weekends.

  4. says

    I love this Holly! My biggest challenge is finding time to work out – without a little boy wanting to be all up in my space while I exercise. I’m the biggest I’ve ever been right now, and hate it. This is my new goal. Monday morning it’s on! Monday is a school day and my body knows there’s too much to do to go back to sleep. 🙂 MUAH!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Julie, I completely know the feeling. I’m slowly, but definitely surely, gaining more and more weight, and I have just got to stay on top of it. I was in the best shape of my life just 6 months ago – it’s crazy how quickly you can get out of shape and things can get out of control. I’m killin’ at the gym this week though – hope you were able to get up and at it this morning too!

      • says

        Would you believe I woke up around 5:30 on Sunday on my own and instead of trying to go back to sleep, I got up off my butt and worked out! Today as day 2. I’m sore, but happier with myself. 🙂 Mike’s being uber supportive. I just warned him a food change is coming to the house too. Nothing super drastic, but be warned. Haha. Thanks so much for this!

        • Holly Waterfall says

          Woohoo mama!! Way to go. Yes, sore is bound to happen, but I personally like sore days – reminds me of how hard I worked and how in shape I’m going to get. I totally hear ya on the food-change thing. I keep telling Tiff we’re going raw/vegan. I’m not sure she could handle that well. But we are definitely going more and more plant-based starting with our produce co-op – got our first box today and are basing meals around the local produce we receive from it. Looking forward to hearing how things go for you!

  5. Tracy says

    I am also NOT a morning person, and have not quite yet transitioned to working out in the morning. But I AM starting to be able to get up earlier, so hope that soon enough I can add exercise. The alarm clock across the room thing has never worked for me, I just hop right back in bed, especially if it’s cold. But something I read about a month ago is working i think. I open the blinds after lights out, so that the sun shines in the window in the morning. This has been huge for me, as I have always kept the bedroom really dark. Might not work for everyone, but that light wakes me up, and from what I read, it takes about 15 minutes for your melatonin to kind of “wear off” once you wake up, to fully be ‘up’. Anyway, just a little tip for anyone else who that might help out. the water tip is really good too!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      What a fantastic tip! I love the idea of having the blinds open to let the sunlight in. The only problem is that its still dark for about 2 hours after I wake up these days, and it’s only going to get worse. I too used to never be able to stay up when I put the alarm clock across the room, but pairing that with the water tip and the fact that I know there are consequences to my business if I don’t get up really makes it stick.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      When I wake up in the morning, it’s more of a splash cold water on my face to wake me up sort of thing. Of course, after the workout, a full on scrub in the shower takes place 🙂

  6. Mary Lombardi says

    I’m in high school and I’m having to wake up super early to make sure I’m all set for school. I’ve been getting up at four every morning for the past week. I try to do some sit ups and squats before I start getting ready for school but I always end up doing less than I anticipated because I’m always to lazy. Do you have any other tips for me to help me do a lot more exercises in the morning? If so, what kind of exercises do you recommend?

  7. Mindy says

    I finally found someone who wakes up earlier than me to workout. I wake up every morning at 4:30 am to workout, which means I have to be in bed by 10 pm every night. What is your bedtime?

  8. says

    Wow, way to go ! I always say I am going to do this but never do. My alarm goes off at 5:15. So I would have to do 4:30 for sure. I know when I am on days this is doable. However I work 2 weeks of days & then 2 weeks of afternoons which bring me home at 12:15 a.m. & don’t hit the hay until 1 a.m. So would have to change up the time. What time do you go to bed ?

    • Holly Waterfall says

      changing the time back and forth could be hard! But you can totally do it. I try to go to bed around 10:30.

  9. Jennifer says

    I found this on Pinterest. I tried SO MANY TIMES to start waking up earlier. Water is the only thing I didn’t try before reading your article. It works! It’s the only way…THANK YOU!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      YAY!! Jennifer I am so happy to hear this! Water is seriously such a life-source, and I can’t stress enough. I drink at least 8 ounces as soon as I pop out of bed and of course throughout the entire day. Makes a world of a difference! Enjoy your new-found morning love 🙂

  10. says

    I used to always work out first thing in the morning because I preferred to get it done right away, and I definitely used the tactic of my alarm being not next to my bed so I had to actually get up to turn it off. Nowadays I work out right after work, mostly because I got into group fitness classes and the ones I tend to enjoy are in the evenings.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      I also don’t generally workout first thing in the mornings either, but I do wake up at a ridiculously early hour to start working before anyone else in the house is up, including the sun. I’m definitely most productive then. So these tactics are definitely something I still use on a daily basis.

    • Holly Waterfall says

      hahahaha i wish i could say I’ve never done that before. And seriously, I LOVE that water bottle and should probably get like 10 of them in case they ever go out of stock.

  11. says

    That tocky alarm clock is a freaking awesome idea! I totally want one! Thanks for sharing these tips at Merry Monday this week. 🙂


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