At some point in life, we find ourselves on an early morning schedule. Remember waking up for those dreaded 8 a.m. classes freshman year? It definitely sucked the first few weeks. But once you got in the habit of waking up, you would feel great afterwards! So why not get your workout done in the morning before your 9-to-5 job?
Here are five reasons why working out in the morning is the best way to jumpstart your day:
You’ll feel accomplished all day
Whether that workout is a morning yoga class or a lifting session at the gym, the exercise you choose will have you feeling awake and energized to take on your workday. It’s the same concept as making your bed first thing: If you can knock out a to do first thing, you’ll feel inspired to keep going!
And, even if you spend the whole day in bed Netflix & chilling, you exercised today. So, who cares?
You’ll start your day in an awesome mood
According to Business Insider, the most successful people workout in the morning. This includes President Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Aniston. And feeling accomplished and happy from the get-go will definitely lead to being more successful in the office as well.
A morning workout will boost your endorphins for extra smiles and laughs that’ll keep you going even through the midday slump.
You’ll start craving healthy foods
The Journal of American College Nutrition says, “Engaging in and continuing exercise behavior over time may establish exercise habits that facilitate improved fruit and vegetable consumption.” In other words, when you work out your body craves healthier foods. This means the healthy choice to exercise in the morning will help you make healthier choices throughout the day, starting with breakfast.
You’ll be less likely to skip your workout
It may take a few shots of espresso to get your day going. But, once you’re awake, there’ll be no stopping you on your way to the gym. Morning moves means fewer distractions that could sabotage your workout. If you choose to exercise in the evening after a long day, you run the risk of having less motivation.
If you get your workout done in the morning, then you will have your entire evening to tackle any tasks or errands that popped up during the day.
You’ll burn more fat
If sweatpants are all that fit you right now, then you need to get your butt to the gym this morning. Why? Because you will actually burn more fat by working out in the morning. When you exercise on an empty stomach, your body has to turn to other energy sources. This means it uses sources, like fat, to power through your workout. This has been coined “fasted exercise.”
You will also give your metabolism a big boost. Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption is the reason for this increase in metabolic function. EPOC is the idea that your body burns more calories after your workout. So, even while you are sitting at your desk at work, you’ll be burning more calories than if you hadn’t worked out.
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