Do you sometimes find it a struggle to hit the gym at the end of a busy day? I know I do. Between work, school and just life in general, it can seem like there is so much to do and so little time. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to feel this way because there is a solution to this problem. Drum roll please…morning workouts!
While we all have different schedules and the best time to exercise really depends on each individual’s availability, if you’re able to wake up earlier and exercise, chances are that you’ll be happy with the results. Here are just some of the many benefits of morning workouts:
- More Energy
According to sharecare.com, scientists have found that working out, in general, reduces fatigue and improves energy levels. This is because working out strengthens the heart and lungs, as well as, increases blood circulation. Especially in the morning, it’s good to get up and get the juices flowing. Also, compared to working out with little energy at the end of a long day, you will have more energy in the morning to get the most out of your workout.
2. Increases Brain Functionality
If you head off to work in the morning, school, or another daily priority, working out beforehand will have you feeling more alert and mentally sharp the rest of the day. This is researchers found exercise triggers endorphin’s that improve brain functionality. These endorphin’s improve focus, our ability to prioritize, and memory.
3. You’ll Feel Productive
With an increase in focus and energy, you will be able to be more productive throughout the day. On the other hand, even if you choose to do nothing but watching Netflix all day, working out in the morning will leave you with peace of mind that you at least got up and exercised.
4. More Likely to Reach Goals
As the day goes on, there are more and more distractions that get in the way of working out. Mornings are usually free from distractions, so once you are awake, there should be nothing stopping you from getting to the gym. In the long run, this will result in consistency with your workout regimen and you will be more likely to reach your goals.
5. Boosts Mood for the Day
Remember those endorphins released during and after a workout that increase brain functionality? Well the same endorphins are found to boost your mood. Everyone likes to start the day off in a good mood, and working out in the morning is a great way to do that.
6. Leaves Room for Other Priorities
I feel that one of the best benefits of morning workouts is the fact that you won’t have to make a decision between working out and another activity later in the day. Once your workout is out of the way, you have the entire day to go to work, grab lunch, grab a drink and spend the day however you’d like, yet still have that sense of accomplishment.
All it takes is setting the alarm clock about an hour and a half earlier than usual. It can be a difficult habit to get into, especially if you aren’t a morning person, but it’s well worth it. For those of you who already workout in the morning, what are some unlisted benefits that you receive from working out early?