Do you keep putting off your workouts?
It’s a struggle at times, I know!
What we need to do is put some firm habits into action. Getting a regular routine going, with workouts taking place at the same time of the day is essential.
People who do that tend to stick with it much longer than those who adopt a more sporadic approach.
I know this from personal experience.
So, what’s the perfect time of the day to complete your workout?
I believe a morning workout is the answer.
5 benefits of an early morning workout
1. Start the day energised
Getting up early to workout is one of the best ways to begin your day. Exercise gives you an energy boost, and those feel-good endorphins will have you in a “happy place” for a least a few hours!
I know, I know, great in theory, but how do you implement this every day?
If morning isn’t normally your thing, try to push through this barrier — set goals, work on the old “positive mental attitude”, and eat a healthy, wholesome diet.
These will help, but it will still be difficult at times — you need to make a resolve to stick with this long enough to experience the benefits. When you do, it will become easier to continue.
2. Rev up your metabolism
Having a high metabolic rate is important for everyone, but tuning it up a few notches is even more important, if you are trying to lose or maintain weight.
Obviously, any exercise you do will be beneficial in boosting metabolism, but by getting your workout over and done with first thing in the morning, you are giving yourself the best chance of seeing that result.
The exercises you choose should be a combination of aerobic exercise, which make you breathe more heavily, and strength training exercising, which tones your muscles.
Remember, the harder you work your body, the faster your metabolic rate will be.
3. Prevent distractions
If motivation to workout is a big problem for you, preventing those inevitable distractions is important.
You may have the best intentions in the world to get your workout done later in the day, but then life happens!
Meetings run late, your kids need picked up from school, the ironing is calling you, your neighbour drops by for a long chat. Whatever it is, it’s probably legit, but your workout just keeps getting pushed aside.
However, exercising first thing in the morning means that these other factors don’t have a chance to hold you back.
4. Improved mental outlook
Working out in the morning improves your entire mental outlook. That’s fact!
Why? Well, one reason is that you feel good because you’ve already done something positive for your body, before most people are out of bed, and so you don’t want to ‘wreak’ your progress by eating junk food later in the day.
When you get to the end of the day, you’ve made healthy choices, and you feel positive about what you’ve done (rather than feeling ‘flat’ all day)… that’s fantastic for your self-confidence and belief in your ability to get healthy.
5. It’s peaceful
Many people find their early morning workouts are something they actually look forward to — imagine that!
Mornings are often a quiet time, with fewer people on the road, which is nice if you like to walk or run, or if you go to the gym, there’s much less bustle.
This can be your time, which is set aside to do something good for you, with no distractions. It’s also an opportunity to think, plan your day, or just mentally prepare for what’s ahead, rather than stumbling out of bed late and hassled.
The key to a good workout is really about finding a time when your energy levels are at their best. It’s also about exercising consistently, because you’ve found something that fits well with your lifestyle.
For me, the biggest benefit of an early morning workout is, that it gets it out of the way before distractions have a chance to convince me that’s I’ve something better to do!
Now, I’m off to put this all into practice ;-)
Have you tried exercising first thing? Share your tips or struggles below…
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
~ Ben Franklin