People often wonder if morning workouts or evening workouts are best. There is nothing really wrong with an evening workout, unless you are working out too close to your bedtime. But, there are a lot of people that swear to and stick with only morning workouts. Here are some of the benefits to getting your workout done in the morning.
Get it Out of the Way
One of the biggest reasons people state for liking morning workouts is that they get it out of the way. Since you are starting the day with a workout, you have the rest of the day for your job, family time, or whatever you choose. If you don’t workout first thing in the morning, life might intervene. You might have to work late or go to your child’s recital or you might just not feel up to it after a rough day.
Working out helps get and keep your energy levels up. This means, you might not need as many cups of coffee in the morning as you normally would.
Improves Focus and Concentration
Morning exercise sets you up for improved problem solving, increased attention span and memory capacity for the rest of the day. Morning workouts can also improve your mood.
In the morning, the brain is more goal focused, so you are more motivated to get a workout in to try and meet the goals you have set. This goal focus can help you to workout harder and for longer, than if you would attempt to in the evening – especially after a long work day.
Helps You Sleep Better at Night
Exercising first thing in the morning allows your body to recover throughout the day so that when you go to sleep at night it will be more restful and of better quality.
Less People in the Gym
If you don’t like a crowded gym, first thing in the morning might be a good time for you to go. Sometimes when gyms get too busy people have to wait for certain fitness machines and the noise of the gym can be distracting. First thing in the morning, you should have your pick of the fitness machines and get in a workout without any distraction.
Working out in the morning helps you to metabolize the foods that you eat throughout the day.
Working out in the morning may not seem like your cup of tea, but it can come with a lot of benefits. Set your alarm an hour earlier to get in a great workout before work, and you will be reaping the benefits for the rest of the day.