Sometimes it can be gruelling having that early morning alarm go off and you know you have to get your butt out of bed to work out. You hit snooze. You lay there, in that warm bed and think "Should I even bother?"
It can be tough to motivate yourself to exercise at the best of times but there are some real benefits to getting up and working out first thing in the morning. Here are a few to think about while you're deliberating before that second snooze alarm goes off...
BETTER ENERGY LEVELS THROUGHOUT THE DAY
Working out boosts endorphins and a bunch of other feel-good hormones that help lift your mood. "Morning workouts result in better energy levels throughout the day and give you more mental alertness and sharpness," says Dr. Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer of the American Council of Exercise. So not only are you setting yourself up for a better mood, but you'll also find it easier to stay focused throughout the day.
YOU'LL GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
Although you'd think doing a big bout of exercise before bed would get you all ready for snoozin' that night, studies show that it's actually the opposite that's true. Exercise can raise your arousal levels so getting it out of the way earlier in the day allows your body to slowly unwind and set yourself up for a big, juicy sleep. A study by health researchers at Appalachian State University found that "those who exercised at 7 a.m. had about a 25 percent dip in blood pressure at night, slept longer and had more beneficial sleep cycles than when they exercised at other times of the day."
YOU'LL BOOST YOUR METABOLISM FOR THE DAY
Whilst exercising at any time of the day will boost your metabolism, it continues to stay elevated for a little while after so working out in the morning "will help to boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories for the rest of the day. This phenomenon is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption."
YOU'RE MORE LIKELY TO STICK TO A ROUTINE
Friends aren't super likely to try and make 7am plans, and work drinks don't (usually) pop up out of nowhere before you've even started work so the morning is a great time to commit to your workouts when there is little chance of any serious distractions or interruption. Once you start making your morning exercise a habit it's much easier to establish that as a healthy routine in your weekly schedule.
PUTS YOU IN A GOOD PLACE FOR THE DAY AHEAD
When you've done something good for yourself first thing in the morning, you're more likely to follow through with that during the day and make healthier choices. The fact you got up outta that bed and did something positive for your body and mind will reinforce your general willpower and remind you that you can be that healthy, motivated and committed person you want to be!
HUFF POST, LIVESTRONG.COM, & BODYBUILDING.COM