Early morning fitness workout routines can be a great jump start to your day before work. With a busy hectic schedule, many people overlook the importance of making time to exercise. Early morning can be just the time to fit a workout into your schedule.
Why Morning Workouts are Great
Early morning is a great time to work out for many reasons. One is that it jumpstarts your metabolism and keeps it elevated for hours, meaning you will burn more calories all day long just because you exercised. It also energizes you for the day and increases your mental acuity.
If you are not a morning person, don’t worry. Once you start working out early in the morning, you begin to regulate your body’s circadian rhythms, and it will become easier and easier to continue to get up early every day.
Below are some early morning fitness routines:
Join a Class
For many people, when they join a class, they will more likely follow through with it than if they are left to work out on their own. This may be just the motivation you need to get out of bed and get going. Many gyms offer early morning classes for working women. Check your local gym or studio for schedules, and think about what you would like to do. The following are popular morning classes:
- step aerobics
- spinning classes
Get Out of the House
Getting up and seeing the sun rise can be an inspirational addition to your workout. Hit the streets for a brisk walk, or run early in the morning to get you going and keep you going. Both running and walking are great calorie burners and a perfect way to jumpstart your metabolism first thing in the morning.
Stretch and Tone
Start your day with a low-impact routine such as stretching and yoga at home. Follow along with a video, or mix and match a routine using fitness books or magazines. A little quiet time in the morning, and strengthening your body while meditating, can be a great start to your day and make you feel great. Improve your muscle tone and balance with low-impact exercise, and feel the results in just a few short weeks.
Hit the gym early, or use free weights and a stationary bike (or elliptical trainer) at home to get a total body work out. Do a series of strength training exercises followed by cardio to really burn the calories and start your day right. Pace yourself, and be sure not to increase your weight lifting by more than 10% weekly. Workout different muscle groups on different days to give your body a chance to heal, and be sure to stretch before and after your workout.
Sometimes getting out of the bed is the hardest thing about a morning workout routine. Once you set a workout plan, and begin doing it regularly, it will become easier. Find a routine that you enjoy, and commit to doing it; your body will thank you later!