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3 reasons why a morning workout will improve your day
Do you struggle to get your day started? Are you the type of person where it takes half the day to become productive or awake at work? If this sounds like you, keep reading to find out how to start your day on the right foot with a morning workout!
I love mornings. The air feels fresh, it’s quiet outside and there’s something that feels very inspiring about starting the day with a morning workout. I happily jump out of bed with a smile in the morning, make my cup of tea, take my two dogs for a walk and drive to the office to hit the gym. And that’s all before 7 a.m. To some, that may sound like torture, especially if you struggle to get out of bed in the morning. I’m not going to suggest that you jump right into a routine of getting up at 5am, but I will suggest that you consider getting up a few minutes early earlier each day until you can fit a full 30 minute morning workout into the start of your day.
If you can make being active in the morning a natural part of your daily routine, I believe that you will start to see changes with your body, and more importantly, you may start to feel more positive and productive each day. I’ve shared with you in a previous post my thoughts on the best time of the day to exercise. I appreciate that we are all individuals and the best time for you to get the most out of an exercise routine may actually be later in the day. However, in my opinion, there are some great benefits associated with starting your day with a morning workout. Let me share my top three fitness tips with you in an attempt to convince you to jump out of bed early!
3 reasons a morning workout may improve your entire day
Healthier food choices
When you kick start your day with exercise, there’s a good chance that you’ll make overall healthier food choices throughout the day. The morning is a time when people often reach for sugary, high fat, high carbohydrate foods because they feel like theses foods help them to wake up. When you start your day with unhealthy choices, you’re setting your body up for a day of blood sugar highs and lows. Sugary foods can be very addictive. Once you start your day with a donut, there’s a greater chance that you will continue eating poorly throughout the day.
Get a workout energy boost
The natural energy boost that an exercise routine provides will save you from consuming so many unnecessary and unhealthy calories. Many people I speak to say that they consciously opt for fresh foods after they workout. A workout in the morning that gets your heart rate up and blood flowing can make you feel more alert and positive.
Beat the traffic
If you’re someone who has to commute into work in rush hour traffic, consider joining a gym close to work. This will help you to use your time more constructively in the morning. Leaving home and working out close to work instead of sitting in traffic will not only help to improve your body, but the mental benefits and stress relief you may experience from reduced time sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic could drastically improve your mood. If you can’t join a gym, consider getting to work early and going for a walk.
I understand that during the summer months, it’s much easier to adapt to a morning workout routine because it’s bright and inviting outside. During the winter months, I’ll admit that the temptation to stay in bed for an extra hour is much greater—even for a morning workout fan like me. This is why I’m trying to convince you to get started now with a healthy morning routine. If you can make an early workout a habit over the next few weeks then by the time winter rolls around, you won’t want to quit.
If you want to improve your fitness level, body composition, and have an overall good feeling, you should strive to create a healthy active lifestyle routine. You can do this by making small healthy changes with your diet and activity level. When you create a good daily habit, you’ll have a better chance of getting good results that will last. If you make this active habit the first thing you do when you wake up, you won’t have the entire day to think of excuses not to work out.
I really believe that once you give an early morning workout a try, you’ll get hooked because starting the day with activity can make you feel good and help set up the rest of your day for success.
Help me convince our late riser readers to get up early and exercise by sharing a reason why you love doing a morning workout in the comments section. If you’re short on time, can’t get outside in the morning, or have kids to get ready for school, try adding one of my 10 minute Fit Tip YouTube routines to your morning. You can workout in your P.J’s! No excuses! Wake up and get active!
Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.
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