Do you struggle to maintain your New Years resolution to exercise more frequently? Perhaps you start of the month of January strong but your workout routine slightly declines due to a hectic schedule. Here is a six-step strategy to help you get active early in the a.m.

Couple working out together.

  1. Lay out your workout clothes the night before — or even sleep in them, if they are comfortable enough.

  2. Put your alarm clock (or phone, if you use its alarm to wake up) out of arm’s reach from your bed. This way, you must get out of bed to turn off the alarm.

  3. Set a bottle of water by your alarm clock or phone. Take several sips when you turn off your alarm. Adding a little lemon juice to the water may help to wake you.

  4. Do not hit the snooze button on your alarm. If this is a real problem for you, set the alarm for the latest time possible, so you trick yourself into thinking you’re in a hurry.

  5. Put on your shoes and workout attire when you first get out of bed.

  6. Put on headphones and start listening to some energizing music while you eat a light breakfast, such as whole-grain toast with peanut butter.