We give you eight reasons why you need to work out before your day officially begins
Some people will tell you that it makes absolutely no difference what time of day you work out at. They say that the result is the same whether you train at 7 am or 7 pm. Yet, fitness experts stress on the benefits of training first thing in the morning. Apart from building consistency and preventing you from waiting for your dumbbells, here are eight reasons why the early bird gets the worm.
Kickstarts your metabolism
Training in the AM hours also jump-starts your metabolism and helps keep it elevated for hours. In this way, your increased metabolism will be working — and burning more calories — while you are, instead of when your body is at rest. If you sit at a desk all day, you know that this is reason enough to get your engine running as soon as possible.
Gifts you energy
Exercising in the morning energises you for the day. So, if the weather and accumulated fatigue have you feeling less than active lately, you might want to try hitting the gym first thing in the morning. Doing so will release endorphins and other hormones to give you a much-appreciated boost that often lasts all day.
Clears your mind
Studies have also shown that exercise significantly increases mental acuity. Training early helps clear your head and put you in a healthy frame of mind. Working out before your day officially begins allows you to start each day with a fresh perspective as you destroy the stresses of the previous day with a bench-press or a run on the treadmill. This will help you reduce the chances of getting upset during the course of your new day.
Regulates your appetite
Many people find that morning exercise has a tendency to regulate appetite for the rest of the day. Not only do such people eat less (since activity causes the release of endorphins, which in turn diminishes appetite), they also choose healthier portions of healthier foods. You will discover that your meal times will get regularised and you don't experience as many cravings and serious dips in energy levels, which will deter binge eating.
Increases mental awareness
You may have noticed that you feel more alert and ready to take on whatever challenge life throws your way after a good workout. If you train before your day begins, you'll be better equipped to deal with the battles presented to you at work. In fact, working out increases your mental acuity for four to 10 hours after exercise. This is due, in part, to the increased flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain.
Exercising in the morning gives you that gratifying feeling of knowing you've done something disciplined and good for you. It takes a great deal of motivation to get of bed, much more if you need to get to the gym. However, including that habit and finding the courage to get to the gym can drastically improve the quality of your life. Before you know it, the discipline it takes to work out every morning will spill over into other areas of your life and you'll be as driven in your cabin as you are on the elliptical machine.
Working out regularly results in better sleeping patterns and snooze quality. Your body will tell you that it's time for bed, but knowing that you have to get up to train the next morning will also help you hit the bed at a decent hour. It is difficult to build mass and improve your cardio if you don't rest properly.
Improves your diet
Exercising before eating could shock your system and it will usually throw your body into a catabolic state (where your body burns muscle for energy). Have a lowcalorie snack, such as an apple or some yogurt, about 30 minutes to an hour before you train. The snack will give you the energy you need for your training and it will burn off quickly. You'll crave better foods, and you won't want to waste the hard work that you put in by choosing cheeseburger over a healthy snack like a veg salad sandwich.