The saying is ‘early bird gets the worm’, right? Surprisingly, this saying applies to a variety of components in our lives – especially our workout routine.
Here are some of the best reasons why you should try workout out in the morning!
1. The gym will be less busy than the after-work rush.
Waking up early is hard. That's why the gym tends to have less people in it before work. Less people, means equipment and space is more readily available in the training areas. You'll even have your pick of showers and pristine locker space. With less wait times, your workout becomes much more efficient and focused.
2. You’ll feel great after.
You know by now that exercise releases endorphins. These endorphins trigger a positive feeling in your body.
Exercise also helps with blood flow throughout your body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, organs and other tissues. By getting this exercise done in the morning, you're boosting this function throughout the rest of the day and giving your brain and body the extra energy it needs to crush on your next big work project!
Added boost: have you heard of lymph? It's a substance that runs along your skeletal muscles to help your immune system. Exercising helps with the movement of this, in turn boosting your immune system.
3. You’ll have more time to see family and friends.
What would you rather do after a long day of work? Go grab drinks with friends you haven't seen in a week, or go to the gym. We best most of you would like the quality social time! By hitting the gym first thing in the morning (even just for 30 minutes!) gives you an evening free for errands, social activities, and prepping for the next day!
4. You’ll sleep better at night.
In a study conducted at Appalachian State University in 2011, participants who exercised moderately for 30 minutes, three times a week at 7 A.M. not only had a better sleep cycle than the participants working out in the afternoon and evening, but also had 25% lower blood pressure than their counterparts.
It may be tough to initially adjust your internal clock, especially if you are not a morning person. However, once you get into a consistent routine, your performance will increase, as will your mood, energy and free time in the evening.