Many people have a love/hate relationship when it comes to working out, but especially when it involves waking up early. The snooze button can be very enticing, but there are benefits to your health and your schedule when starting your day off with a workout. Here are just a few:
- Boost your metabolism. Your body continues to burn calories after you finish working out, which makes a morning exercise routine perfect. Wake up, work out, get your metabolism pumping and then eat. When you eat after working out, your body uses those calories to replenish itself so that it can meet your higher metabolic needs, even later in the day!
- Develop consistency. Evening or mid-day workout routines may seem ideal, especially when that alarm is blaring, but they also come with a risk of missing your workout. Rising early to exercise ensures that you are able to fit in a workout, without the interruptions of daily life or unexpected items that may pop up.
- Increase your mental and physical energy. Exercise provides a tremendous source of energy, which is something most people could use to start the day off right. More specifically, morning workout routines have also been shown to improve mental abilities and focus throughout the rest of the day. You may just be able to replace that cup of coffee with a morning workout!
- Strengthen your self-discipline. Everyone can probably agree that waking up early to work out requires personal discipline, and a large amount of it. As with any habit, a morning exercise routine will help develop and strengthen your self-discipline, and will get easier over time.
- Improve your sleep. Say goodbye to tossing and turning! A restless body normally results in a restless night’s sleep as well. When you wake up early and begin your day with exercise, your body will experience a healthy fatigue and will be ready to sleep at the end of the day.
In addition to these benefits, the discipline that you develop by waking early to exercise will most likely carry over into other areas of your life. Perhaps once you see the results from your hard work, you will decide to eat healthier as well, for example. One thing is for certain, though…with time and consistency, your morning workout will become a habit that improves your physical and mental health!
Remember…before making any changes to your diet or fitness, always consult your physician.
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