Published: Sep 14, 2012 8:55 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 14, 2012 9:10 AM EDT

If you haven't had any luck sticking to an early morning exercise routine then you may want to take a different approach. Like any other change in your life, it’s best to EASE into it. Don’t plan a 3-mile run your first morning :) Instead, do a small and attainable 30-minute circuit.
YOU’LL BE HAPPIER. Exercise wakes up your brain and promotes endorphins which can elevate your mood and start your day off on a positive note. BOOST METABOLISM. Exercise and elevated heart rates boost metabolism. This elevated metabolism will ensure you are burning calories throughout the day. SATISFACTION.  Checking off your workout first thing opens the rest of your day.
 
Morning Workouts Tips
To Eat or Not to Eat? Everyone is different so it’s important to find out what works best for you. A light snack is OK, I usually stick with water, and maybe a banana or piece of fruit. It’s alright to drink some coffee to provide ample energy for your workout without the bloated feeling that can affect performance.
Go To Bed Earlier! Set your alarm clock! Go to bed 30-45 minutes earlier so you can stay on your normal sleep schedule and ensure the 30-45 minutes it will take you to get your warm-up and workout done in the morning won’t come at the expense of adequate rest.
Set Everything Up The Night BeforeWorking out in the morning has to be as painless as possible, and you want it to be as easy as possible to get out the door. Lay your workout clothes out the night before, have your bottle of water ready, brush your teeth, lace up your shoes and get going. *I also LOVE setting my alarm clock on my phone to a song that gets me pumped up! So if the first thing I hear in the morning is the ROCKY theme song or “We Will Rock You!” by Queen I get out of bed fired up and ready for my early morning workout.
 
Sample 30-Minute Early Morning Workout
*Full Body Bodyweight Circuit (16-24 minutes)
 
The following workout should take you only 30 minutes and require no equipment.
 
Warm-up (5-minutes)
Stretch and Warm-up: Arms above the head, then down to the toes, standing rotations (golfer), shoulder circles, self-hugs, air squats. In place, march, jog, squat, jump (I love to jump rope)
 
Perform 30-45 seconds of each exercise with no rest in between. Rest for 2 minutes after each round of the circuit. Complete 3-4 rounds.

Exercise 1: Air Squats, progress to Squat Jumps
Exercise 2: Push-ups, progress Push-up with One Leg Elevated (counter/wall)
Exercise 3: Jumping Jacks
Exercise 4: Planks, progress to Rotating Side Plank
 
After you’ve completed your workout, make sure you stretch. Do this 2-3 times/week on non-consecutive days to ease into your early morning routine.