The Early Bird Gets the Gains

Another new year has come and gone, and I’ve made the same resolution as last year, the year before that, the year before that, and — well, you get the picture. But this is definitely going to be the year I find the perfect workout routine and stick to it. Because this year I’m biting the bullet and doing my workouts in the morning. Now, I’m a huge fan of sleeping in, but even I have to admit that exercising early in the morning has a lot of benefits.

 

Say No to Distractions

We all know how hard it can be to get focused when you exercise. And when you finally get in the zone, you don’t want to be snapped out of it by a ringing phone or an argument between the kids. This makes mornings the best time to get your workout going, so you can put in your 100 percent without worrying about those pesky distractions.

Work with Your Body

When you’re trying to meet a fitness goal, you need any advantage you can get — which is why you should work in rhythm with your body cycles. That’s where morning workouts come in. In the early hours of the day, crucial muscle-building hormones such as testosterone are elevated, which means you get a head start in meeting your goals!

Wake Up Your Brain

While you might feel the pull of a soft pillow when you begin your morning workout, you’ll be wide awake by the time you break a sweat. Exercise is a great way to stimulate your brain, and just 15 minutes is enough to get your synapses firing — and remove those last traces of sleep faster than a strong cup of coffee. That extra burst of energy will keep you refreshed, relaxed, and focused all day long!

Burn Those Extra Calories

Studies have shown that morning workouts are great for boosting your metabolism — burning more calories over the day. Whether it’s a sunrise run or early morning Zumba, exercising on an empty stomach creates a calorie deficit that allows you to shed weight at a faster rate. Follow-up with the right meal for your fitness goals and you’ll see results in no time!

Stay Disciplined

Starting your day with a defined workout is a great way to establish a routine — which means you’re less likely to skip gym day. This dedicated routine can also really help get your morning on track, allowing you to create a schedule that accommodates exercise, breakfast, and your morning prep, so you can enjoy the mornings, not rush through them.

So this year, it’s going to be ‘early to bed and early to rise’ for me in my quest to live a happier and healthier life. And if you like to get your sweat on in the mornings, sound off in the comments and let me know how it’s going for you!

Shivangi’s interests include video games, psychology, and everything in between. Certified night owl, official nerd, and purveyor of fun facts. Follow her on instagram (@stixer11) if you want to meet her dog.

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