The Benefits of Exercising in the Morning
Do you have a morning routine before heading to your job? Is it a warm cup of coffee and some down time? Is it getting your kids ready for school? The way one prepares for their day varies from person to person. This comes as no surprise as circumstances are different for everyone. At one point or another, all of us have thought how am I supposed to accomplish everything I want to do today in only 24 hours? You look down the list of tasks you have for the day and see 10 to 15 tasks you want to accomplish in a limited amount of time, one of which is exercising. Some have the period they allot for exercising after they are done with work, and there is nothing wrong with that. With that said, though, as most of us can relate, that can lead you to placing your exercise time on the back burner. For instance, something arises at work, you do not feel motivated to work out when the time comes, or simply another task takes priority over that time and your workout is gone for the day.
That leads to the point of this blog. Have you thought about moving your exercise time to the morning before you start the rest of the day? There are some great benefits to working out in the morning and leaving the rest of the day open for whatever the day may bring. Below are only a few of the many benefits that accompany waking up early and exercising in the morning.
- Establish a Good Habit
Exercising in the morning can help establish a good habit. Getting up earlier and starting your day on the right foot can really pay dividends throughout the course of your day. Taking time to yourself to start your day and can getting your workout in is a good habit that ensures you are focusing on your own health and well-being. Starting your day on an active note can help motivate you to approach your day inspired and positive.
- Better Sleep
Working out in the morning helps you sleep better at night. Taking the time to exercise in the morning, rather than in the evening, can assist you in falling asleep easier. After working out at night, your heart rate will be up, which will make it more difficult for you to relax and fall asleep. Moving your workout to the morning will allow your body time to recover and help you enjoy a night’s rest.
- The Calm Before the Storm
Do you ever feel your day is too busy to exercise? Exercising in the morning before you start your day can make sure you have 30 minutes to one hour of uninterrupted time to exercise. During your morning workout, you can focus on yourself and self-improvement without the stresses of a full day.
- More Energy
Exercising in the morning can provide you with more energy throughout the day. Studies have suggested that exercise can affect your central nervous system and, in return, boost your energy levels. This can be extremely beneficial to you if you feel you have low energy throughout the day. Give exercising in the morning a try and see if you have more energy to tackle the day.
- Avoid the Guilt of Skipping a Workout
We have all experienced the guilt of missing a workout. You wake up with the best intentions and, as the day progresses, the likelihood of you working out becomes smaller and smaller. The reason why? Life interrupts. Whether it is work-related or personal circumstances, a task that needs your immediate attention comes to the forefront. Working out in the morning makes sure you have a blocked-off time in your day to exercise before anything else can take its place.
Obviously, there are many benefits to working out in the morning. You do not have to wait until the New Year to switch up your morning routine. Try moving your exercise time to the morning and enjoy the benefits associated with it!