Wake Up and Sweat: The Benefits of a Morning Workout
Waking up and throwing on your workout gear might seem like the last thing you want to do, but there are definite advantages to an early morning sweat session. Not only will you reap the calorie-burning benefits all day long, but you might be surprised at how much easier it is to be motivated to workout before spending a draining day in the office.
Next time you consider hitting the snooze button just one more time, think about this:
Fat burning will occur during the times that you’re actually eating.
If you’re accustomed to working out in the evenings, the after-workout fat burn is happening while you’re sleeping. Morning workouts allow the fat burn to occur when it’s the most useful – during the hours you’re consuming calories.
It will help kick start your energy and brainpower for the day.
It may seem counterintuitive considering exercise is the time of the day when are probably exerting the most energy, but working out will actually help increase your energy levels. Oxygen and other nutrients created by intense activity will help your cardiovascular system run more efficiently as well.
If memory-recall or brain function is something you could use help with, that’s also something else exercise offers.
Your eating habits will reap the benefits.
Studies suggest that high intensity workouts don’t make you a ravenous beast, they might actually do the opposite – decrease your appetite. They are also said to decrease those all-consuming cravings that can be virtually impossible to silence.
You’ll be more likely to stick to a schedule.
Afternoon workouts are far easier to skip when a last-minute happy hour invitation pops up or forgotten family commitment takes precedence. How many invitations do you receive or family emergencies do you have to take care of before work? Probably none.
Do yourself a favor and get it over with early on in the day. That way you can get on with the rest of your day, guilt-free.
Now wouldn’t that be nice?