We all know how hard it can be to avoid the temptation to hit the snooze button in the morning. You may have intended to get up just that little bit earlier, be on your bike by sunrise and riding to work feeling refreshed and ready for the day.
We’re all human and sometimes staying in bed just for 10 minutes just sounds too applying to refuse. Well no more!
Here are our 7 best tips to getting you out of bed and on your bike for that morning commute to work –
- Stay away from screens and caffeine before bed
Did you know that consuming caffeine and staring at a screen just an hour before bed can really effect your sleeping patterns? It can make it really hard to switch off and could also course bad headaches.
If you trade in the caffeine and the screen for reading a book or having a relaxing bath instead, your sleeping patterns will really benefit! This will make it a lot easier to get out of bed in the morning.
2. Packing your bag the night before
Does packing your bag the night before the morning commute really sound that bad? Sometimes when you put it off, it can seem like it will take forever, however it only takes 5 to 10 minutes!
If you pack your bag the night before it will give you less to do in the morning and more time to relax.
3. Make sure your bike is ready the night before
If you prep your bike the night before then this could save you lots of time in the morning. Especially if you have an electric bike, you want to make sure your battery is fully charged and ready to go. As it can take around 5 hours to charge your battery, we advice you charge it over night.
Also make sure your tyres are pumped, your lights are charged and your saddlebag has everything you will need. The last thing you want to have to do is be running around the house at 6am trying to find something missing!
4. Move your alarm clock away from your bed
If you have your alarm clock next to you, the temptation to hit the snooze button could result in your rushing in the morning and even sometimes being late for work. No one wants to turn up to work and admit they overslept, so why not put the alarm clock on the other side of the room? That way you actually have to get out of bed to turn it off and once you’re out of bed, you’re up!
5. Give yourself something to look forward to
Everyone feels better when they have a treat to look forward to. Why not plan to treat yourself to something special, whether that’s a chocolate bar or a warm refreshing cup of coffee.
Sometimes finding the motivation to get out on your bike can be a struggle, especially in the winter months! However if you allow yourself to have a treat after the morning commute, then it can make it all worth it!
6. Find a riding friend
We understand that unfortunately not everyone has the option to ride to work with a friend, however if you do the option, don’t say no!
If you have someone to commute with, this is a great way to motivate you to get on your bike. Not only do you not want to let the other person down by not turning up, but it also gives you the chance for some social interaction before the working day.
7. And lastly… take away any alternative option of transport
We know that getting in the car or hopping on public transport can sometimes sound a lot more appealing, especially in the colder mornings. However, try to fight the temptation! Why not put your car keys or oyster card in a hard to reach place? This way, it prevents to from taking alternative transport.