If you’re not used to it, waking up early in the mornings can be something you despise. Getting up to exercise at 7 am before work can be a daunting prospect if you’ve never attempted it before. Although exercising at any time during the day is always better than skipping it out entirely, there are many benefits of getting your sweat on early in the morning.
Getting into the routine of waking up earlier in the morning can undoubtedly be difficult to begin with, but here’s a few reasons why it will be worth it:
1. Form a Consistent Routine
Having a set time to wake up in the morning and exercise before work helps to keep a long-term, consistent routine. Often times, our evening workouts can be interrupted by delays in work, commute or other unexpected events that come up throughout the day. This can even include going out with friends or family. You no longer have the dilemma of having to choose between your social life and exercise.
Our bodies love having a good routine and in the morning, there is nothing to stop you from getting a good workout in before you head to work. You can focus solely on your exercise and start your day off in a productive, healthy way.
2. Feel more Alert and Energetic
Kick starting your day with exercise can be one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the day ahead, both physically and mentally. Research shows that working out can improve your mental focus for up to 10 hours post-exercise.
Instead of drowsily dragging yourself to work, you can arrive feeling rejuvenated, knowing that you’ve started your day in a positive way. When you’ve had a long day at work, it can sometimes be difficult to muster up the energy to go to the gym in the evening. Morning workouts avoid this problem and mean that you can properly enjoy your evenings off while still reaping the benefits of exercise.
3. Improve Your Sleep
Morning exercise has an abundance of benefits on your sleep. Not only will the consistent routine help your body to wind down at the right time each night, but it will also encourage deeper sleeping cycles leading to better quality sleep.
Having an intense workout in the morning can lead to a rush of endorphins which can make getting to sleep a nightmare. By having this rush in the morning, your body will be ready to get some rest at night with a healthy sense of fatigue.
4. Boost your Metabolism
Morning exercise enhances your metabolism right from the beginning of the day so you can be burning calories even at a sedentary job.
By getting your body moving before you have most of your meals, the calories can be used to replenish your body and be less likely to be stored for later (fat!). You’re also less likely to lean towards an unhealthy takeaway for lunch after an active start to the day.
5. Promote Discipline in Your Life
Waking up early in the morning to exercise requires a lot of mental strength and discipline, particularly if you’re used to waking up as late as possible on weekdays and lying in until noon on weekends.
Doing this over a period of weeks and months will slowly build up your self-discipline to the point where you can also apply this to other aspects of your life. It is a transferable skill that will benefit every aspect of your life and allow you to be able to tackle your day with a higher sense of commitment.
Creating and maintaining the habit of morning exercise can be a stepping stone to improving every aspect of your life. You will feel healthier and more active due to the many physical advantages of fitting in a workout in the morning while also reaping the benefits of a more focused, disciplined mind.