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    10 Small Ways I've Changed My Pandemic Routine To Become A Morning Workout Person

    Little changes, big difference.

    Hi! I'm Fabiana, and I'm a person who β€” shockingly β€” loves working out. I use it as a stress reliever at the end of a long and hectic day.

    But after the pandemic set in last year, I wanted to try to become more of a morning person β€” especially when it comes to working out. For me, I've found that really helps set the tone for the rest of the day.

    With the current WFH circumstances, it's very easy for me to roll out of bed and log on for work, groggy and grumpy. Right now, if I don't get my workout out of the way *before* my work day begins, I know I'll most likely come up with an excuse to skip it come nighttime.

    So for nearly the past year, I've been doing some trial and error to figure out how I can change my routine to consistently work out first thing, even though I'm not naturally a morning person. Here are a few tips that have helped me the most!

    (*And quick note that these habits and tips aren't meant to be universal β€” since everyone is different. Still, I wanted to share my full experience in hopes that some or all of it would be useful!)

    1. I eat dinner before 7:30 p.m. That allows me to be not too full *and* not too hungry less than 12 hours later when I'm working out.

    2. I make sure my dinner is a mix of protein and vegetables β€” like salmon and brussels sprouts or chicken and sweet potatoes.

    A dinner plate of salmon and Brussels sprouts

    3. I eat breakfast after my workout, not before β€” and I eat the same thing every day to keep it easy.

    A green smoothie on a countertop

    4. I avoid any alcohol the night before.

    5. I plan out my workouts on Sunday night so I don't have to think much about them later in the week.

    6. For paid classes, I sign up in advance for early time slots β€” knowing that the cancellation fee helps keep me accountable.

    An RSVP to an early morning workout

    7. I lay out my workout clothes the night before.

    A workout top and leggings laid out on the floor

    8. I swap my nightly Netflix binge for reading a book.

    The author reading a book

    9. I changed the sound of my alarm to something I actually enjoy.

    10. I give myself rest days.

    What's a tip or habit that's helped you create or maintain an exercise routine during the pandemic? Share in the comments!