4 Expert Reasons to Work Out Before the Sun Comes Up
It’s 5 a.m. You’re comfortably laying in bed when a beep-beep-beep breaks the peace. Your alarm clock is summoning you up for a morning workout.
“I’ll have time later.”
“I’ll get it done after work.”
They’re thoughts we’ve all had as the temptation of the snooze button takes over.
“Working out in the morning is the best thing because you are immediately setting the tone for the rest of your day,” says Gerren Liles, New York City-based Equinox trainer who teaches morning classes daily.
Working out in the morning is the best thing because you are immediately setting the tone for the rest of your day.
Liles is realistic, admitting he too has days when waking up before sunrise is tough. But he promises that if you can just get yourself there, you will be happy you did.
1. It Will Set the Tone for Your Day
Conquering a workout in the early morning hours can set you up – not just wake you up – for the day ahead.
“During the day, you'll be challenged at work or at home, but your biggest competition and road block to happiness is often yourself,” says Liles.
“A workout is a chance to show your physical and mental toughness. When you can conquer fatigue or your desire to quit, you'll face outside problems with confidence and assurance.”
If you take that physical and mental toughness from your workout and channel it into these other aspects, Liles says you will start to see improvements in the way you handle everyday situations.
2. It Will Improve Your Mood
Early morning wakeup calls are notorious for leaving some people feeling a bit cranky later in the day. But exercising right after your early rise can actually combat that crankiness.
“Exercise releases endorphins that improve your mood,” Liles says.
“Working out in the morning is always a great way to put yourself in a happy place to take on your day.”
This endorphin release will keep your spirits up all day long and leave you with a better attitude.
3. It Will Spike Your Metabolism
Hitting the gym in the morning is proven to keep your calorie burn going all day long.
“When you work out early, especially HIIT, you are spiking up your metabolism,” says Liles.
“That will have you burning more calories throughout the day, including during rest.”
Translation: If you’re in a job that requires hours of sitting at a desk, early morning workouts are your new best friend.
4. It Will Help You Develop a Routine
Truly committing to a workout routine can make all the difference when it comes to getting fit for life, rather than just fit for a specific event or day.
Once you start and consistently dedicate time to your early morning workouts, they will become second nature.
“It's often easier for people to stick to a morning routine because very few things can get in our way at that time,” says Liles.
“Many people schedule workouts in the evenings, but work and social obligations often causes people to set aside those plans,” he adds.
The best way to avoid this is to knock out your training in the morning. This way you won’t miss your workout or feel guilty about something getting in the way.
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