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Mornings are the best time to workout

One habit that I strongly recommend for fitness enthusiasts is adopting the practice of working out in the morning.

I know the thought of losing some precious shut-eye makes you squirm but there are some incredible benefits to relinquishing that extra hour of sleep. And after a brief readjustment period, you’ll find a schedule that works best for you. For example, after introducing 6am workouts to my routine over three years ago, I’ve found that my body performs optimally if I go to sleep right around 12:15am on weekdays in order to wake up by 5:30 the next morning.

So I’ve told you that you should workout in the morning, but why? Everyone will have different reasons, but some reasons that help motivate me to crawl out of bed to get hot and sweaty include:

1. The gym is typically less crowded in the early morning which means no waiting for a cardio machine, available circuit machines and free weights and first choice of available bikes for the early spin classes.

2. No guilt if plans are made for that evening because you’ve already got in a workout for the day!

3. It’s a great opportunity to clear your mind and focus on what you want to accomplish that day – I’ve been known to bring pen and paper in my gym bag for the stroke of genius moments I have while on the elliptical.

4. You get to start the day on a positive note. Yes you may be a little grumpy at first, but exercising releases endorphins, which helps alleviate pain, and exercise gets the blood and oxygen flowing throughout your body. But non-biologically speaking, it makes you feel exhilarated and ready to take on the world.

5. It’s a great way to jump start your metabolism for the day.

6. And it leaves time in your schedule to workout in the evening as well! Instead of one longer gym visit, I now cut my workouts in half and perform two shorter high intensity workouts throughout the day. Double the fun, double the metabolism boost!

But my top reason why everyone should incorporate morning workouts into their routine… studies have shown that people who exercise in the morning are shown to be more consistent exercisers. WebMD suggests that working out in the morning allows for consistency for the sole reason that there are no scheduling conflicts. I’ve never once had a friend call me at 6am wanting to grab breakfast. The majority of stores are not yet open so there are no errands to run and if your job requires you to come in at 6am, all I can say is “I’m sorry.”

I’ve sold you on the benefits and you’ve decide to give morning workouts a try (I promise you won’t be disappointed!). Here are some tips that I’ve found to be helpful throughout my readjustment period:

1. Make sure your alarm clock isn’t next to your bed and you have to physically get up to turn it off. And set backup alarms. If you’re really want to get into it, check out this dumbbell-style alarm clock from Fred & Friends which in order to shut off, you have to perform 30 reps.

2. Schedule which mornings you are going to workout before the week begins and commit to going. Being prepared is your best tool and if you know that you will be waking up early the next day, perhaps you’ll decide to turn of your Wii a littler earlier or watch your recorded TV shows another night.

3. Pack your bag the night before! Nothing is worse that waking up early and realizing you don’t have a clean sports bra or you left your sneakers at work.

4. Pick a gym that’s on your way to work. Consider renting a locker at your gym so you can leave towels and shower stuff there. That way you workout before work, shower and now you’re already halfway (or more!) to your office.

5. If you don’t make it to a scheduled morning workout, don’t fret, the day isn’t wasted! You can try to go that evening, or just take it in stride and try again tomorrow!

Of course the bottom line is that the best time to workout is whenever is best for you and your schedule. But there are benefits to morning workouts and everybody is capable of waking up a little earlier if they are truly motivated.


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