Morning Workouts -Fit Your Sweat Session into Your Morning Routine

Morning Workouts -Fit Your Sweat Session into Your Morning Routine

The saying goes ‘the early bird gets the worm’. But what about the early worm? All he got was a free trip down a hungry bird’s beak. You will most definitely hear night owls dissect these age-old sayings in a bid to support their sleep patterns.

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However, these sayings may have actually had a whole lot of science behind them. Studies show that on average morning people are actually much happier than those who keep awake late at night. Now if you’re like me and need to be administered an IV drip of hot coffee to be coaxed out of bed in the morning, you probably should consider shifting your workout regime to the early A.M.—who knows, it may even convert you to a morning person!

Benefits of Morning Workouts

Thanks to the release of endorphins, a morning workout will give you a rush of energy that will last through the day. Ever find yourself struggling towards the end of the day? A morning workout could help you to finish your day strong. It also helps in kick-starting your metabolism for the day, which will help you to burn more calories.

Pro Tip: Exercising before breakfast helps you lose weight as your body burns fat instead of carbs.

According to a scientific study, those who exercised at 7 A.M. everyday experienced a 25% dip in blood pressure at night and also slept longer, and much more peacefully. Morning workouts give you the energy you need to last you throughout the day but also aid in sleeping comfortably the night through.

They also increase the impact of exercise on your heart, thereby promoting cardiovascular health. This is because your body acts as a natural alarm clock by increasing levels of adrenaline to wake you up, causing your heart to beat faster.

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Squeezing in a workout early in the day is known to boost brain power for up to ten hours post workout. Helping you to bring you A-game to work.

It’s always better to get your exercise routine out of the way by finishing it in the morning. This way, your evenings are free for leisure. Plus this will guarantee that you’ll actually fit your workout in for the day. The American Council of Exercise states that those who work out in the morning are less likely to skip their workout. Morning workouts could be the answer you’ve been searching for, for a happier and healthier you!

Tips For Fitting in Your Morning Workouts– That Worked For Me!

Prep the Night Before

Place your workout clothes for women, equipment, shoes and music on your nightstand the night before. You’ll wake up and know it’s time to get to business. It also helped me to plan my morning workouts the previous night. This way I didn’t waste time searching for a good workout and could roll out of bed, change and get moving.

 

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Photo Credit: Dean Jarvey

Make it a Routine

Consistency is key. Ensure that you wake up at the same time every day and establish regular pre and post-workout meal times. This helped me to form the healthy habit of morning workouts.

Get to Bed Early

Make sure you get into bed early. I still struggle with this. Between catching up on social media, reading articles and finishing up work, it’s hard for me to go to bed early. But each day I prioritize my tasks and make sure I get to bed before 11pm.

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Move your Alarm Across the Room

Make sure to set your alarm with enough wiggle room for a slow morning. But most importantly, get your alarm farther than arm’s distance away. This will force you to get out of bed as soon as it rings and avoid snoozing.

Take it Slow

If this isn’t part of your normal routine, like it wasn’t for me, it’s important to start small and work your way up. I started by making waking up early my priority. I would wake up 20 minutes earlier each week and fit in shorter workouts. Before I knew it was waking up with enough time to fit in a full workout and was energized for the day.

Fuel Up Before the Workout

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A quick snack always helped to keep me fueled for my entire workout. A slice of toast with avocado or a smoothie did the trick.

I was never a morning person until incorporating morning workouts into my routine at least 3 times a week. Even on the days I wasn’t working out I would catch myself waking up earlier leaving time for me to catch up on reading. It helped to keep my energy up during the day and make me feel more accomplished as the day ended. I’d definitely suggest trying morning workouts? Who knows– it could be the start to a life long habit.

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