Okay okay, easier said than done, right? I know it’s not all that simple to persuade yourself to go and workout in the morning, but there are so many benefits to getting your gym sesh, run or yoga in before the day begins.
Let me enlighten you on 7 reasons why you should workout in the morning:
1. You continue to burn calories after a workout.
You can commute to work knowing that every step is burning more calories than it would have if you hadn’t already worked out that morning. Especially for those of you that are trying to burn off that little bit of extra weight, it’s more beneficial to keep your metabolism running throughout the day post-workout than to go to the gym and then go straight home to bed. Additionally, there’s lots of research that shows that you can burn more body fat on an empty stomach – just ensure you get your first meal of the day in promptly after your exercise.
2. You’re more likely to eat healthily the rest of the day.
Knowing that you got up at 6am just to workout, you are less likely to eat the cake that someone kindly left in the staffroom, with the mindset that you’ll be undoing your hard work of the morning. In comparison, if you work out in the evening, you might instead eat the cake and justify it by saying to yourself “it’s fine because I’ll work it off tonight”.
3. You can still have a social life.
No more bailing on the gym in favour of going out with friends, or bailing on friends for the sake of traipsing to the gym (not that anyone has ever done that). Your workout is done, leaving your evenings nice and free!
4. You’re more likely to go to work in a good mood.
Look at you! You’ve already worked out, you’ve had a healthy breakfast, you’ve got endorphins rushing all around you… what could be better? Of course you’re going to go to work with a spring in your step.
5. Increased mental clarity.
Studies show that mental clarity goes on the increase for up to 10 hours after your workout. That means that for almost the entire duration of your working day, you could be more productive and focused without even really trying.
6. If you have a bad day, at least you still exercised.
Let’s face it, we don’t have much control over situations that can occur on a day to day basis, and despite our best efforts, sometimes a day can turn out to be an unplanned day from hell. But if that happens, you can at least take home the positive that you still got a great workout in before all that happened.
7. You can develop consistency.
Who here has ever had to cancel an early morning workout because, oh, a pressing social event just clashed with it? I didn’t think so. There are very few things that are going to clash with a morning workout, which means that you are going to consistently build up your own physical fitness and cement this as part of your daily routine.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your alarm set and give it a go. You’ll soon find that you are the smug, fit individual who is savvy enough to take advantage of all of these positives and become best friends with early morning exercise.