Some people like to grab a cup of coffee, others perhaps tea; some go right for the news. I like to grab a healthy dose of exercise. I call it my morning medicine. But why exercise in the morning? No one wants to get up any earlier! Ugh! Yet, many people, much like myself, make that choice; we do it because there are several benefits to the early workout. Here are a few reasons that might help you resist the lure of your pillow.
You are More Likely to Fit Your Workout into Your Day
Let’s face it life happens and the best laid plans often go awry. When you do your workout first thing in the morning you are less likely to skip it. As you move through the day many obstacles can sneak up on you – you may become tired, an unexpected meeting may pop up, an urgent deadline rears its ugly head. Exercising in the morning means your workout is out of the way before the ails of the day can impact your plans.
Improved Focus and Mental Acuity
There is countless research out there showing that exercise helps with mental alertness and sharpness. A high intensity workout has been shown to give the same boost as a cup of coffee! Suddenly you could be a rockstar (not literally)!
You’ll Feel Great and be in a Better Mood!
Working out in the morning can get your day started on a really positive note. When you exercise, the body releases endorphins creating a feeling of euphoria and general well-being. Imagine walking into the office (or your workspace) feeling happy and ready to take on the day. That’s an amazing feeling! It also helps you manage difficult personalities and situations with a more tempered approach.
Who doesn’t want to feel more energised throughout the day! An early workout helps you feel more awake and full of life giving you that boost you need to conquer the day.
Greater Consistency | Reach Those Fitness Goals!
To get results from any fitness regime you need to be consistent. Given morning workouts are less likely to be railroaded by an unexpected day you are more likely to foster consistency with your fitness programme. This helps you stay on track with reaching your fitness goals.
There you have it! Kiss that pillow goodbye! I hope I’ve given you a few strong reasons to at least attempt a morning regimen. Good luck!
Marita Greenidge runs the Health & Nutrition Division at Stansfeld Scott & Co. Ltd. She is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and a health & fitness enthusiast. She has a keen interest in fitness walking and writes a weekly blog at www.mfitfitnesswalking.com.