Here are our Fitness Expert's top 5 reasons to start your day with exercise!
Training in the morning—is there any better way to start your day? I think not! Personally, if I had my way, I would have everyone training first thing in the morning. It really does set up your day for more success, productivity, energy…you name it!
Here are my top 5 reasons you should start your day with exercise:
1. More Productivity:
When it comes to how you start your day, you’ve essentially got two options:
a. You sleep in for as long as you can, get out of bed at the last minute, quickly shower and dress in the shortest possible time, run out the door with your coffee, get to work somewhat half-scattered and half-still asleep, and slowly start the day not quite being mentally alert; OR
b. You get up early (because you now go to bed early!), go to the gym for no more than 45 minutes (because that is all you need), get your blood pumping and the sweat dripping, and by the time you get to the office you’re flying through the morning because you’re alert and ready to go.
2. A more reliable, consistent approach:
Having worked as a personal trainer for the past 11 years I’ve seen a number of patterns among my clients, and one is that those who train at night tend to cancel more than those who train in the morning. The thing about training first thing in the morning is there are no excuses as to why you can’t get to training. Not every day goes according to plan and, because of that, oftentimes people will have to cancel their night sessions. So make sure you rule that out and get the job done first thing in the morning. For 99% of the population, there is no REASON that you can’t start training at 6am (keeping in mind that being “tired” is an EXCUSE, not a REASON).
3. You’ll get more out of your workout:
You’ve had a long day, it’s been stressful, you want to switch off as soon as you leave the office but the emails are still coming through, you haven’t eaten for well over 2 hours, you’re knackered—welcome to the world of training at night. In terms of energy and getting the most out of your workouts, it’s best to exercise in the morning when you’re somewhat energised. (Yes, you may be a little sleepy but within 5 minutes of getting started you’ll be good to go.) To get the most out of yourself, work out in the morning!
4. It sets up the best headspace:
Let’s be honest—not EVERYONE gets excited about training, and for some people their best headspace is “I want to get it out of the way.” I completely agree with them! I would hate to spend all day at work with “I have to get to the gym, I have to get to the gym” in the back of my mind. It would do my head in! Best thing you can do is get up early and get it out of the way for the day.
5. It helps you sleep:
If you’re one of those people who find it hard to get to sleep some nights because you’re wired, you might find training at night is the worst thing you can do. The reason is that training will increase your cortisol, and that can make it hard to sleep. So, at night, look to reduce things and activities that stimulate you. Moving your training to the mornings may well help you sleep better.