Most people make the assumption that I’m a morning person. Years of commuting an hour and a half plus – each way – and early starts tend to give that impression. My circumstances over the past few decades have dictated that I be a morning person – but trust me I do NOT leap out of bed excited to start new day. I snuggle down – pull the dooner over and try to ignore the world that is attempting to pull me out of my cocoon!
But that being said – once I’m up it is amazing how good it feels to start moving and get things out of they way. One of those things of course is exercise – and there are a whole raft of reasons you should consider getting your workout done early in the day.
Reason to get your workout done early
Reduce stress and increase focus
Exercising regardless of the time of day releases endorphins and dopamine, and reduces the amount of cortisol in your bloodstream. By doing your workouts in the morning, you’ll go to work in a better mood and happier because of the “endorphin rush” which can last up to 39 hours. Not only will your coworker relationships improve, but so will your productivity. It can also help you manage your work life balance better according to researchers
Have more energy
A workout first thing in the morning ramps up our metabolism and keeps it at a higher level for up to 24 hours afterward. Not only does this increase your energy level, but burns more calories than if you would not have hit the gym. Exercising in the morning has also proved to reduce cravings, which as we all know in the end sap our energy and raise havoc with our waistline.
Burn more fat
There’s lots of conflicting research on the pros and cons of exercising on an empty stomach, a recent study suggests that you can burn up to 20 percent more body fat by exercising in the morning before your first meal. Because you arent fueling your body when you sleep, your body (once its used available glycogen) will start to go into a mild form of ketosis (unlesss you are already on a ketosis diet in which case you are there). Without delving into all the science of ketones you basically start fuelling on fat… so when you exercise before replenishing glycogen just think of all the extra fat you are burning for energy. Of course it is important to remember to replenish your energy stores (whether that is carbs or fat and protein – an almost religious debate we wont go into here)
Studies have proved it over and over. Those who exercise in the morning sleep better than people who exercise at other times of the day (or not at all). Both your quantity and quality of sleep will improve. Researchers are not sure why this happens, but why fight results. We can all use better sleep.
You won’t run out of time
Doing a workout right away in the morning locks in time to get it done. If done late in the day or after work, you might not have the time or energy left to do anything. Another day slips by without exercising. Soon, not exercising becomes the norm instead of the exception and it gets harder and harder to get in a workout. I speak from experience!
Spend more time with family
This is one is key for many people to exercising early in the day. If you get up early, why not get your workout in right away or on the way to work. The rest of your family is still sleeping and won’t miss you. By trying to get a workout done on the way home from work, you are missing out on quality time with your wife and kids. It may not sound like a big deal now, but it is something you’ll regret as you get older – not spending more time with your family.
These are just six of the more important reasons why you should get your workout done right away in the morning. There are others too numerous to mention here; be assured you’ll be better off exercising in the morning.