7 Reasons Why You Should Exercise In The Morning
I recently started a morning exercise routine. And I have to say, it completely changes my day.
I start by walking a lap around the neighborhood with my dog. (Sometimes we’ll do two laps if I wake up early enough.) Then, I do about 25 minutes of yoga when we get home. Overall, the routine takes about 45 minutes to an hour, and I’m showered and ready for the day by 8:30 a.m. or so. I aim to do the routine four times a week – It’s not a lot, but it’s better than nothing, right?
Since starting this morning exercise routine, I’ve realized it affects my day in a very positive way. Here are seven benefits of exercising in the morning:
1. You feel accomplished early.
One of the biggest perks of morning exercise is that you feel accomplished early in the day. You exercise, get ready, have coffee and breakfast and then you’re ready to start working by 8:30 a.m. By the time you start working, you feel like you’ve already knocked things off your to-do list, and you’re ready to knock off a few more.
2. You feel more motivated during the day.
Because you feel like you’ve already accomplished things so early in the morning, you feel more motivated throughout the day. When you start your day off on a productive note, it encourages you to want to continue being productive.
3. You do something for yourself before starting the day.
Sometimes the day can be so busy that it feels like you don’t get a chance to breathe. Starting your day with a little exercise allows you to do something for yourself before doing anything else. Plus, it gives you a chance to get some quality alone time with your loved ones.
4. You make healthier decisions throughout the day.
You might not think you’re burning many calories during your morning workout, but you’d be surprised. Plus, the workout makes you want to choose healthier options during the day. When you start your day on a healthy note, you’re more motivated to end it on one.
5. I get the workout out of the way early.
Maybe you’re not an exercise enthusiast. You might not trust myself to work out every day after work. You might even justify skipping your workout that day and the next day too. But, when you exercise in the morning, you omit any chances of flaking on your work out.
6. Your body feels loose and awake.
Your body might feel tight or tired when you first wake up in the morning. But, getting in that morning exercise can help to loosen and wake up your body. When your body feels stretched and awake, you automatically feel much more productive.
7. You get time to reflect in the morning.
Morning reflection is an important part of a morning workout. Many of us wake up and immediately shower and get ready, then then hurry to get out the door. But, when you’re up and out in the neighborhood early, it’s so peaceful. It can give you a chance to reflect on things and consider what you need to do that day. And, the solitude can also make you feel so grateful for the day ahead.