If you’re finding yourself feeling more and more sluggish or caught in a rut with your routine, consider incorporating some morning exercise into your day. If you’re like most people, the thought of exercising in the morning can be a bit off-putting. After all, it cuts into your sleeping time and means being alert much earlier in the morning. Once you get past the obstacle of adjusting to an earlier alarm time, however, you’ll find that morning exercise can help you start your day off right. Here’s why.
Morning Exercise Gives You an Early Energy Boost
Think of most mornings as you get out of bed for work. You probably hit the alarm several times, finally roll out of bed and climb into the shower in a sleepy daze. From there, it’s off to work without feeling energized or ready, physically and mentally, for the long day ahead. Incorporating exercise into your mornings can dramatically impact the scenario. While there certainly will be a bit of rolling out of bed in a sleepy daze to get to the gym, you’ll be much more alert and energized after your workout. Getting your heart pumping while listening to workout music will energize you, as will taking a cool shower afterward.
Morning Exercise Clears up Your Day
How many days have you gone to work and felt unproductive because your mind is worrying about everything that has to be done when you get home? It’s common to be less productive when you have a lot on your mind; getting through the day becomes a chore. That’s why exercising in the morning can help you start your day off right. Not only does it give you a boost of energy to get through your work day, it also frees you of having to work out after the clock strikes five. You give yourself more free time after work by not having to hurry to the gym, find parking, wait for a machine during the workout “rush hour” and get your exercise in.
Morning Exercise Will Help You Eat Better
When you work out in the morning you’re setting yourself up to eat healthier the rest of the day. It’s easy to eat that office donut when you think, “I’ll work it off later!” When you’ve already done your time at the gym in the morning, you’ll approach eating in a more scrutinizing way. Getting up early and making your way over to the gym takes effort and commitment. You won’t want to throw all of that hard work away by noshing on empty calories. In fact, you’ll probably notice your eating habits improving. Lunches will be brown bagged with healthy options like fruit and low-fat sandwiches or salads. The morning exercise will motivate you to carry on with healthier habits the rest of the day.
Morning exercise can make a world of difference in your well being. Switch up your routine and see if you don’t begin to feel more productive and in a better mood.