Benefits of working out in the morning
Instead of making time, most of us tend to exercise when we can squeeze it in to our schedules, but there are benefits to establishing a workout as part of your regular routine. Some people find that a morning workout is easier to stick to than later at night, when you feel less energised, but that’s not the only reason working out in the morning is good for you:
Exercise boosts your concentration, so you’ll be more alert for work or study. Research suggests that exercise stimulates our brains and increases our ability to focus. This boost in mental acuity can last up to 10 hours after a workout.
Improved fat loss
You could burn up to 20% more fat. Recent studies concluded that exercise undertaken before your first meal of the day can help burn more body fat than at any other time. You should make sure that you refuel straight after your workout and don’t skip breakfast, to ensure that you give your metabolism a vital boost.
Caffeine from your morning cup of tea or coffee should fuel your workouts and can increase your endurance, leading to a better quality of exercise. Research also suggests that the caffeine could likewise boost your body’s ability to burn calories after your workout.
A morning workout is less easy to skip than an evening one. The demands of a busy work and social life can lead to exercise taking a back seat. Committing to a morning exercise regime means last-minute dinner plans, or a headache from your commute, won’t get in the way of your workout.
No matter how you’ve slept, your mood will be improved for the rest of the day. Exercise releases endorphins (our ‘feel-good’ hormones), meaning you can arrive at work feeling positive.
Morning exercise kick-starts our metabolism and keeps it at a raised level for several hours after a workout. A higher metabolism means you’ll be burning more calories doing ordinary activities for the rest of the day.
These aren’t the only reasons to consider a morning routine. For some people, an early workout puts them in a healthy frame of mind, and not only controls their appetite, but actually helps them make healthier food choices. What’s more, if finding time to commit to regular exercise is difficult then a morning workout is ideal. If you can get up an hour earlier to exercise, you will feel the benefits without losing out on sleep. Furthermore, people who exercise regularly enjoy better quality sleep, which means you need less of it!
You could also be less distracted if you’re exercising before your day has begun. Whether you exercise at home or in a gym, early mornings are generally quieter and have fewer distractions, whether it’s family, TV or work.
Conquering your morning workout ritual also leaves you feeling as though you’ve accomplished something before you even leave the house. It’s a good feeling and you won’t have that dread all day about exercising later.