A morning workout has the ability to change the entire course of your day.
Whether you woke up feeling tired, angry, frustrated, sad, demotivated, lacking energy or simply feeling like you just need a pick me up, a morning workout will help make you feel better!
Some mornings, it’s harder to justify getting out of bed to get in a workout (that you’ll probably have to work hard to get through), but to put it lightly, YOU JUST DO IT.
How do you justify it?
BY THE WAY YOU’LL FEEL AFTER IT: Energized, happy, relieved, satisfied, proud, determined, awake & just absolutely AMAZING!
This is why I always stress the importance of working out to feel good, not only physically but also mentally.
Working out is about so much more than altering or changing your appearance. It’s about changing the way you think & feel.
It’s about learning the true value in things like routine, commitment, dedication & hard work.
It’s about disconnecting from the everyday struggles that life entails & about connecting with yourself & your mind.
It’s about releasing frustration, coping with stress & anxiety & finding mental stability & clarity.
It’s about bettering yourself socially, emotionally, mentally & yes, ALSO (but not only) physically.
I can preach about these benefits to you day after day but truth is, you’ll only really start to see them when you experience them first-hand!
So tomorrow, when it’s a bit harder to get out of bed or when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, READ THIS POST AGAIN & GET UP!
You, your body & your mind will thank me later!
BTW, some of the benefits of morning workouts, other than how it can help boost your mood & change your perspective for the rest of the day are:
- Waking up earlier for your workouts & therefore, getting an earlier start to your day also means you’ll get tired earlier. That means you’ll sleep earlier, get more sleep & experience more restful sleep overall.
- Research has shown that testosterone (the hormone that promotes muscle growth) is at its peak in the morning, which means morning workouts will help you build better muscle.
- You’ll be more consistent & learn to add exercise to your daily routine & lifestyle. You won’t leave room for things like work, studying or social events, to get in the way & derail your intentions from heading to the gym at night.
- You’ll be more encouraged & inclined to eat healthier! If you start the day off on the right foot, making healthy choices, you’ll want to continue on that wavelength for the rest of the day. You won’t be tempted to “splurge” & binge your way through the day knowing you’ll be able to make up for it with an evening workout. Your early sweat session will help set the tone for the rest of the day & keep you on track.
- You’ll work out more efficiently because you’ll have less distractions – less texts coming in, not as many work emails, less Instagram DMs & MORE TIME FOR YOU & TO FOCUS ON YOUR WORKOUT. Also, the fact that you have to be at work for a certain time can be good motivation to push you to work out as efficiently as possible with the time that you have!
- If you plan for evening workouts but you have big, long & rough days, there is a chance that the planned morning workout just won’t happen because you’ll feel exhausted! If you get your workout in in the morning, you can go home after work, have time to cook a healthy homemade meal & spend time with your family unwinding.
- Regular physical activity increases your body’s ability to deal with stress.
- The gym also happens to be emptier in the morning than at peak hours, such as anytime between 5 & 8 pm. If you’re someone who likes to work out in silence, comfortably, without feeling like all eyes are on you & without having to wait for the machines you want to use, you might want to consider starting to work out in the morning, if you can!
- You’ll be more productive at work/school/throughout your day. Exercise leads to increased blood flow, which also means more oxygen is flowing to your brain. This means you’ll be better able to focus, concentrate & perform.
In order for all these things to work & for you to actually want to get out of bed in the morning to get a workout in:
- Find a type of exercise you LOVE & ENJOY. This will help make you MORE motivated to get out of bed! Some people take classes, others work with a trainer one on one – it’s all about your PERSONAL preference (& budget!). I recommend spending some time trying new workouts, classes or gyms until you find the one that’s best suited to your needs.
- If you feel it will help you, get a workout buddy! This is particularly helpful if you’re not a morning person & you need someone to be there on the rough mornings to motivate you to get moving. You don’t want to let your buddy down, now do you?
- Pack your workout attire & necessities the night before, as well as the clothing you might need to get ready at the gym for work. This will help motivate you to go in the morning & won’t cause any extra stress or give you an excuse when morning comes to say that you had no time to prepare your things.
- Don’t push yourself beyond your limits or be too hard on yourself. If you’re up late one night, take a day off the next day & get in an extra hour of sleep if you feel you need it. Getting into a routine isn’t about forcing yourself to do something every single day. If it works for you to do it 2 or 3 times a week, SO BE IT. Sometimes, it’s easier to suffer from a burn out on something if you force yourself to get too intense, too quickly. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY & MAINTAIN CONSISTENCY OVER THE LONG-TERM, rather than risking injury, burnout or beginning to hate working out overall for short-term results.