Working out in the morning can be pretty tough, but I promise you it’s worth it! I’ve been trying to get into a better habit of working out 6 days a week and it’s been hard. I’m finding that I’m most likely to get my workout in if I do it first thing in the morning. If I wait too long, I end up getting busy with other tasks that I have planned for that day and never get to it. Working out in the morning has more benefits than just getting it out of the way. I’ve been doing some research on it and the more I learn, the more motivated I am to keep my workouts to the morning. So, in this post I’ll tell you the top 5 reasons why you should start working out in the morning! Let’s do this!
1. Develop Strong Self-Discipline
Planning to workout in the morning means that you are consciously deciding to start your day with your health and well-being in mind. Making decisions like this and sticking to it builds confidence in yourself. The more confidence you gain the more likely you are to continue. It is easier to be disciplined with a morning routine because there are no distractions at this time. You wake up, work out and it’s done. Being disciplined in one area of your life leads to being disciplined in other areas of your life which will lead to reaching your goals faster. And who doesn’t want that?
2. Burn More Calories
Working out in the morning gets your metabolism going which leads to you burning more calories. Something cool that I’ve recently learnt is something called Excess Post-Exercise Consumption (EPOC). It basically means that your body burns more calories even after your workout. So, when you eat after or later in the day, instead of storing those calories as fat, your body will either use it to replenish itself or burn it away. How cool is that?
3. Better Nights’ Sleep
If you were to workout right before bed it would mostly likely disturb your sleep cycle, you’ll be all energized from your workout and won’t be able to fall asleep. If you workout in the morning, by the end of the day, your body will experience a healthy fatigue and be able to fall asleep faster. Not only that, but you will also experience a deeper, longer sleep. That way you’ll feel well rested the next day and not too groggy when going to do your morning workout!
4. Increased Energy
Who needs coffee when a workout can give you just as much energy and without the calories! Just doing any type of movement in the morning can help increase your energy levels. You’ll feel pumped for the day and be burning calories instead of relying on that coffee to be waking you up. But, if you’re a coffeeholic like I am, you can always have the coffee after with your breakfast!
5. Your Mind Is Sharper
Not only does working out in the morning energize you, but it also helps with mental alertness. You’ll be awake and focused on whatever tasks you have planned for the day. The energy and alertness you create from working out will last much longer than that coffee we typically rely on. Usually we need 2 or even 3 cups just to get us through the day. Who needs all those extra calories? A workout will keep you going all day long, so you’ll be able to crush any of those goals that you have planned!
I believe everything is connected. That’s why I created this blog. To show how mindset, exercise and diet connect to create your best life ever. So, if you start your workout in the morning, you’ll create that self-discipline, have your metabolism going so you’re losing calories even while you eat, you’ll have more energy and focus, and then at the end of the day you’ll be able to have a beautiful night’s rest. Doesn’t that just sound perfect?
I know working out in the morning can be difficult, so I have some tips that can help you with that. Plan your workout the night before. First, decide that you will workout and then lay out your workout clothes in preparation. Next, set your alarm early enough so that you have enough time to get in your workout before work or school. Plan your workout for at least 30-40 minutes. Place your alarm far away from you so that you literally need to get up when it goes off. Once your up just get your workout clothes on and go for it. If you’re still dreading the workout, try making it more fun! I like to go on the bike and watch YouTube videos on my phone. I’m loving Tom Bilyeu’s Impact Theory right now or you can listen to a podcast. I enjoy The Skinny Confidential or Style Your Mind.
Exercise has so many health benefits and it even triggers the release of endorphins, making you into a happier person! I know it can be difficult to start, but once you do, you’ll be happy you did! Just take it one day at a time and don’t be too hard on yourself. Even though I have a goal of working out 6 days a week, I don’t always do that. Life sometimes gets in the way, but you just need to start each day anew and keep working towards your goals!
p.s. and remember, no matter what stage you are at in your journey,