If you don’t consider yourself to be a “morning person,” the thought of lifting your head from the pillow before the sun rises over San Diego is already unfathomable. The thought of coaxing your body into performing any kind of morning exercise, then, is even more unimaginable. So how do those bright-eyed, break-of-dawn joggers, bikers and gym-going women do it? True, some people seem to have a bit more natural energy in the early hours, but morning workouts are achievable for the rest of us, too. It just takes the right mindset and smart preparation in order to set yourself up for success. Here are the tips that can help you build up the ability to be a morning workout warrior:

It’s all about attitude. A surefire way to fail on your road to becoming a morning person? Continuing to tell yourself and others that you’re not a morning person. If you want to be able to rock those a.m. workout sessions, you have to start by believing you can do it. Acknowledge that your transition into morning workouts will be a process, that there will be good days and not-so-good days, and fully commit to giving all your effort to trying it out. Never forget: mindset first!

Start with a nugget of inspiration. Make positivity and motivation the very first occupants of your mind for the day. Start by listing three things you’re grateful for, or three things you’re looking forward to that week, or three of your proudest moments in the past month. Choosing three helps wake you up by putting your mind to work, and reflecting on those three will put you in a positive and grateful headspace for your workout and for the day.

Plan, plan, plan. There’s no two ways about it; morning workouts—whether it’s a cardio dance class in Mission Valley or boot camp in Hillcrest – require a bit of night-before planning. Let your fully-awake evening self set your morning self up for success; lay out your clothes and shoes, fill your water bottle, prepare your breakfast and plan for whatever else you’ll need to accomplish that workout. If you embark upon the journey to become a morning person when it comes to exercising, failing to prepare the night before almost guarantees you’ll have a much more difficult time succeeding.

Be patient with yourself, and listen to your body. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. So for your first few weeks, you need to really commit. Take these tips into consideration, and truly put your all into working towards this transition. Be patient, because it’s a major learning process. You’ll have some days that are hard, and some days you’ll want to give up. Anticipate those, embrace your frustration, and channel it into trying again the next day. After 21 days of really, truly working for this, evaluate. Listen to your body; if every morning was a nightmare and you feel you didn’t improve, maybe this isn’t your ideal schedule. If you do better with certain types of morning workouts versus others, adjust your plans to incorporate more of those. Just remember: Everyone is different, so after 21 days of true, hard work, evaluate your journey and decide what’s best for you.

The benefits of morning workouts are numerous. Whether it’s because you have busy evenings, want to avoid the after-work traffic, or simply want start your day on an energized, healthy note, there are all kinds of reasons you may want to give morning workouts a try. The key is to go in with a positive mindset, really commit to trying it out, plan and schedule to set yourself up for success, and, in the end, do what’s right for you and your body.

Bootique Fitness offers a selection of energizing boot camp classes and dance fitness classes to fit any schedule, plus San Diego personal trainer services for women. All our classes come with professional guidance and a network of supportive, motivated women to help encourage you on your fitness journey. So whether you take the leap and become a morning workout person, or you stick to lunch-break workouts or evening classes, Bootique Fitness in San Diego has the options to fit your body and your lifestyle.