Is it really better to workout in the morning?
If you’re not a morning person, we’ve got 5 good reasons to become one. Most people would rather an extra hour of sleep than hitting the gym before work, and we don’t blame you, we love sleep just as much as the next person, but the benefits of getting the body moving in the morning convinced us to stop hitting that snooze button. Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day, so here’s some reasons to start it right…
Improved mood for the day
Moving the body doesn’t just benefit you physically - participating in any physical activity releases feel good endorphins which are natural mood boosters, and who wouldn’t want to start they day feeling good? Serotonin (also known as the happy chemical) is also released which helps your brain regulate mood, sleep and appetite. People who exercise regularly reportedly experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety. Start the day with a spring in your step!
Energy with no crash
While everyone sleeps, the successful are getting it done. There’s nothing worse than a crowded gym and having to fight for a machine, or going for a walk and being stuck behind slow walkers and a dozen prams. The morning is the best time to work out with minimal distractions.
Better food choices
When you work out, the last thing you want to do is undo your efforts with poor food decisions. Exercising in the morning will set you up to make better food choices throughout the day in order to make waking up early and working out worthwhile.
You might feel as though not hitting that snooze button means you’re losing out on that extra bit of shut eye, but research has found people who work out early consequently get better quality of sleep by having deeper sleep cycles. As we previously mentioned, exercise is a natural energy booster, so giving your body that extra surge of adrenaline before you hit the hay isn’t the smartest idea in our books.