10 reasons why you should exercise in the morning
Are you an early bird or a night owl? Do you like to sleep in or tackle the day head-on? Whichever you are, I’m here to give you 10 reasons why you should exercise in the morning.
This is not what you want to hear, I know. But there is evidence to suggest that exercising in the morning is better for you in more ways than one. So I’ve narrowed it down to 10. You can thank me later! (or not).
Generally speaking, morning workouts are easier, because they give you the rest of the day to enjoy without distraction. You’re probably going to be pretty tired after a day at work, and find that you’d rather just flop on the sofa and binge-watch a series (or two) of Dexter. So yes, reason 1, commitment (and getting it done before your body realizes what you’re doing).
Better mood Your AM workout will be so beneficial to you, and those around you, because it will leave you fresh and happy for the day ahead. Exercise releases happy hormones or endorphins which make you feel fab.
After your morning workout, you’ll be able to tackle anything the day throws at you, and you’ll be more pleasant than usual to be around.
Your sleep will improve dramatically! Firstly because of light exposure. Get into the daylight as soon as possible for an increase of melatonin at night. And secondly, you’ll get better quality sleep and have less nighttime waking.
More Fat burn. We all know that exercise is a sure-fire way to get rid of excess body fat, but did you know that you will burn more when you exercise in the morning? This is because of fat oxidation, which is the breaking down of triglycerides in fat cells and freeing up fatty acids in the blood for energy. A process that also helps reduce the risk of getting diabetes.
If you want your skin to have that beautiful glow then you definitely need to add a morning workout to your schedule. Sunlight, heat, and daylight all contribute to beautiful skin, but don’t overdo it. Keep yourself protected when the sun is at its hottest by using a good sun lotion.
Increase your metabolism
If you’re like me then you’ll know the struggle with metabolism. My metabolism is so slow (totally my own fault) but I intend to change that! Anyway, early morning exercise works wonders for your metabolism. Once you finish your exercise your body will continue to burn calories, no brainer, right?
Healthier food choices
I’m awful for picking up a quick fix at the local garage on my way to work in the morning. Morning workouts will set you up for the day, you’ll be in a healthier mindset, therefore you’re more likely to make healthier choices when it comes to food.
This has to be a good thing right? Creating a habit can be difficult, but the beauty of an AM workout is that you don’t have to put too much thought into it. Get up, get dressed, get going. Better still, you might find other areas of your life benefitting too.
Improve your immune system
Your immune system will love you if you take on the new regime. Science tells us that exercise can boost your germ-fighting soldiers and lower inflammation.
Improve anxiety and depression
Long-term benefits are endless, but the most important one for me, which is probably an accumulation of all of the above, is that exercise is one of, if not, the best ways of reducing anxiety and depression. So get yourself up an hour early and squeeze in a 30 minute workout, you will reap the benefits.
After doing my research, I’ll definitely try to follow a morning workout routine, whether or not I am successful is another story. But the fact that I promise to try, is a good start.