How Long Should Your Morning Exercise Sessions Last?

Morning exercise helps rev up your metabolism which enables you to burn more calories throughout the day than if you were to workout in the evening or at night. You may wonder just how much exercise you need in the morning to accomplish your goals and set you up for a calorie burning day. There are a few factors to consider before setting your alarm and heading out in the morning.

Two important things about working out in the morning: hydrate well and eat a good breakfast. These aren’t likely things you think about when you work out at the end of the day because you’ve been drinking water and eaten throughout the day already. Take a bit of time to eat a good breakfast and fill up your water bottle before heading out. If you’re heading out for a run, make sure you get at least 8 oz. of water in first.

Regular Routine

If you have a regular workout routine, you can stick to it and just move it to the mornings. If your workout is longer than you want to do in the morning, consider doing only your cardio in the mornings and work your strength training in later in the day. Cardio is the important thing to get in during a morning exercise routine. This will boost energy, get your heart rate up and start your day burning fat.

Short Routine

If you don’t currently have a regular workout, consider putting together a morning exercise routine of 30-60 minutes of cardio. This can be a quick 3-mile run outside or a stop at the gym for 30 minutes on the elliptical machine or stationary bike. Remember not to get too stuck in a routine as your body will eventually stop burning calories as effectively unless it is continually challenged.

At Home

If you don’t want to get up early for the gym, consider a quick home routine. This could be as easy as popping in a DVD and working out in your living room. If you have kids, get then involved to do a quick workout before they get ready for school. If you already have a treadmill or other piece of cardio equipment, do 30 minutes while watching the morning news.


When the weather is nice, take advantage by taking your morning exercise outside. Partner up with a neighbor for a morning walk or put your exercise equipment outside for a peaceful morning watching your neighborhood and town wake up.

Regardless of the morning exercise routine you’re putting together, the general rule of thumb is at least 30 minutes of cardio in the morning will set you up for the best benefits of a morning workout. Changing to a morning workout can be tough at first, but if you stick with it you’ll see the benefits and become more accustom to your new routine.


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