By Lina Stoyanova
We all know we need exercise, but it can be fairly difficult to fit exercise into our busy schedules; whether it’s kids, pets, work, or other engagements, it can be daunting to squeeze in some “me time” let alone exercise. That’s why it’s important to schedule your exercise and make it a priority. Whether you are working out from home, or in a gym, you can find out why working out in the morning is the best time to get your sweat on!
1. Get it Out of The Way
Due to the reasons mentioned above, such as kids, pets, work and busy scheduling overall, by doing your workout first thing in the morning, it gets it out of the way. You will have nothing to dread for the rest of the day and if you don’t accomplish everything you set out to do on your schedule or to-do list, at least you can rest easy knowing you did something for your health: you worked out. Working out in the morning prevents your busy schedule getting in the way which increases the probability of you sticking to your set workouts and actually doing them.
2. Improved Diet
Since you are working out first thing in the morning, you will approach your food choices differently throughout the day. By getting up and working out, you set yourself up to feel accomplished and proud; you won’t want to ruin it by choosing unhealthy lunches. Instead, you’ll want to continue with positive choices by eating foods that make you feel energized and fresh. Since you also got your sweat on in the morning, you will drink more water. H2O is the answer for everything, so that in it of itself sets your diet to a healthy start.
3. Burn More Fat
Getting a workout in on an empty stomach is physiologically different from exercising post-meal. As you sleep, your body does an overnight fast. Since your body is reliant on fuel sources, if you exercise in the morning before eating breakfast, you will essentially burn more fat.
4. Increased Productivity
Everyone knows that exercise gets your endorphins going. Well, when you exercise your productivity also increases. By working out in the morning, you get your day started off on a happier note and you end up giving yourself an extra energy boost.
5. Sleep Better
Since exercise increases energy and productivity, it makes sense that you wouldn’t want to exercise at night-time since that’s when most people tend to wind down. By exercising in the morning, you improve the length of sleep and quality of sleep by promoting deeper sleep cycles. Regular morning exercise improves sleep rhythms and tells your body to produce the hormone melatonin earlier in the evening. Your body will enjoy a healthy sense of fatigue at the end of the day and will be ready to sleep.
To conclude, there is plenty of research that supports working out in the morning is most beneficial. However, a huge take-away is when you pick a time you’d like to work out and stick to it, regardless of it being morning or evening, the consistency created will be very effective on your health and long-lasting exercise habits.