Studies show that those who work out in the morning are more likely to stick with their plans – but there’s now a new reason to move on first thing. Studies from the US’s Northwestern University have shown that people exposed to bright light in the morning seem to have a lower BMI than those that snuggle under the duvet for as long as possible.
Exactly why isn’t known but it’s possible that it regulates appetite hormone and may even alter the way we metabolise sugars. But what if you’re not a morning person? How can you wake up enthused and energised for your morning workout – or the day in general…
Try swapping your phone alarm sound.
Until recently my alarm was a nice tinkly bell sound, then one day I had to get up early for a flight and the only place to charge my phone was a long way away from my bed.
Worried that we might not wake up, The Boyfriend set the alarm to that horrible klaxon sound that you just can’t sleep through.
The problem is, I didn’t look at what he was doing and so I then spent six weeks waking up to the horrible klaxon sound. It did not start my day well.
Eventually, I decided enough was enough and made him teach me how to change it (it was remarkably easy if you know where to look – big hint, it’s not in sounds, it’s in the alarm app itself!) and as I was doing it I noticed I had the option to add a song as my wake up tone.
More importantly, the song that was being suggested was Best Day Of My Life by American Authors.
Erm, talk about most motivating thought to wake up to EVER. Plus it starts with some jaunty woo woos and a woo woo makes everyone happy right?
So that’s it – my alarm ring tone is now Best Day of My Life and weirdly it does make me think ‘wow, what could actually happen today.
Could it really be the best day of my whole life?’
And any day that starts that full of hope and possibilities is a good one I reckon.
The Science Bit
I’m not alone in my theory. Back in 2016 streaming service, Spotify decided to look into the science of waking up and working with a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge in England, they found that the song you wake up can shape your whole day.
They also suggested that the perfect alarm tune is one that has a positive sentiment, that build quite slowly and that have a good beat. So what might you want to consider…
21 Other Brilliant Wake Up Songs
Here’s some other positive wake up tunes to consider…
Lovely Day – Bill Withers – oh come on, it’s obvious why!
One Day Like This – Elbow – not just for weddings!
Mr Blue Sky – ELO (see why this should also be on your workout playlist here)
It’s My Life – Bon Jovi – karaoke classic turned awesome way to start the day
Viva La Vida – Coldplay – this came out No1 on the Spotify suggestions.
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves Every body say ‘summer’
Titanium – Sia (see also Bulletproof by La Roux)
Jump Around – House of Pain: Okay, so it’s maybe not the calmest wake up call, but I bet you can’t stay still when you hear those first screechy notes…
Lose Yourself – Eminem: ‘You only get one shot do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity only comes once in a lifetime.’
Happy – Pharell. No explanation needed.
Seven Nation Army – The Strokes No, a Seven Nation Army can’t hold you back – get up, get your kit on and go do your workout!
Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim
Stronger – Britney Spears
I Gotta Feelin’ – Black Eyed Peas –okay so it’s gonna be a good night, but it can also be a good day before then too
Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder. If nothing else the sheer cheesiness of it will get you out of bed smiling.
On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons (this is also one of my favourite running songs)
Beautiful Day – U2 – it’ll wake you up!
It’s a Great Day to Be Alive – Travis Tritt – okay, so you might not start your day cooking rice in the microwave, but…
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen. No day could be bad if it starts with this!
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift (for those mornings where you’re not quite in the right mood!)
You’re Welcome – The Rock (okay so that one just cheers me up at any point in the day!)
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