10 Benefits of Working Out In The Morning
Let us be honest when we say that anytime is the best time to exercise as long as you do it consistently! That being said, morning workouts tend to be easier to commit to and actually finish it before life and day-to-day responsibilities get in the way. For many, an evening workout presents the additional hurdle of feeling tired from their day already. The motivation to push oneself in an evening workout can be hard. We get it!
Want to see if how morning workout could be beneficial for you? Keep reading!
When you wake up and do a morning workout that normally means distractions are harder to encounter as you haven’t started your list for the day. It’s also rarer for people to get in touch with you via text, email, or calls first thing in the morning. So with fewer distractions, you’re more likely to get up and do your workout!
Beat the heat
This is mainly for Summer but working out in the morning will feel more bearable. Why? Normally the hottest time of the day is from Noon to 4 PM so if you dislike the heat when working out, morning workouts are key! Especially if you prefer working out outdoors or enjoy running!
Support weight loss
Early workouts may be best for losing weight, according to a small 2015 study published in EBioMedicine.
In the study, 10 young men exercised 3 times a day in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Researchers found that 24-hour fat burn was highest when they exercised in the morning before breakfast. If you’re looking to lose weight, morning exercise may help along with LIVology.
Healthier food choices
When you do a morning workout it tends to set the tone for a healthier day! You are more likely to make smarter eating choices such as eating less fried foods and unhealthy snacks!
Your body is full of hormonal fluctuations and a morning workout may help with that. Cortisol is the hormone that keeps your alert. Did you know it is often called the stress hormone? As it often only causes problems when there’s a little too much or not enough of it!
Cortisol tends to increase in the morning and decrease in the evening, reaching its peak around 8 AM. Thus why a morning workout might just be better suited for you.
More overall energy
When you exercise regularly you tend to find yourself having more energy. Exercise is fantastic for reducing tiredness and boosting energy. Why? When you exercise, oxygen and nutrients travel to your heart and lungs which improves your cardiovascular system, endurance, and your overall stamina. Thus, a morning workout will not only wake you up mentally but physically too leading you to feel more energized for the whole day!
Do you have trouble focusing during the day? If so a morning workout could be extremely helpful to you! A 2019 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that morning exercise improves attention, visual learning, and decision-making.
Participants in the study completed a round of 8-hour days of prolonged sitting with and without a 30-minute morning walk on the treadmill. There were certain days the participants also took 3-minute walking breaks every 30 minutes. It was found that on the days with morning exercise were often associated with better cognition throughout the day, especially when paired with regular breaks.
There’s a reason why some people workout when they feel stressed. It’s a natural remedy to stress due to endorphins aka “feel-good” neurotransmitters that are often associated with a runner’s high.
During a workout, your brain makes more endorphins a which makes you feel better and more optimistic about your day and time.
Increased overall activity
One of the biggest potential benefits of a morning workout? You tend to live a more active lifestyle. It’s been said that those who exercise in the morning are associated with more movement throughout the day. More movement = more calories being burned!
Sleeping well is key to a healthy life but even more so when trying to get fit! It is often when we are tired that we find ourselves making unhealthy choices form what we eat to even do. A study in Vascular Health and Risk Management demonstrated that adults got better sleep on the days they exercised at 7 a.m! Participants in the study spent more time in deep sleep and experienced fewer nighttime awakenings along with being able to fall asleep quicker.
Convinced? How to prepare for a morning workout
If you want to start working out in the morning but aren’t an earlier riser here are two tips from us to you:
Who says you have to start right away at the crack of dawn? Gradually adjust your workout time. As you get used to it, move your workout time earlier and earlier until you get that time you want!
Exercise should be something you enjoy (for the most part). If you are doing an exercise you hate you probably will find any excuse to not do it. Don’t be afraid to try new exercise and workouts to see what you like most. When you enjoy what you’re doing, you’ll find it that much easier to get out of bed.
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