Full disclosure, guys: I’m writing this only 50% to give you guys some helpful info. The other 50% is to boost my motivation to get back to regular morning workouts.
Because here’s the deal: it’s SO HARD to wake up early and workout. It’s hard even if you don’t have to wake up until 7 am to do it. For my schedule, workouts in the morning mean a 5:00-5:30 wakeup call, if I expect to get a full workout in.
I have only been working out in the mornings lately when I have a shorter workout planned and can push my wakeup closer to 5:45. And I have been SO MUCH HAPPIER on those days since my workout is done! I feel amazing throughout the day.
So I made this little list. With a wee bit o’ backup information. Hope this inspires you to try (or increase?) your morning workouts. And if you need a little help making the transition to morning workouts, this is honestly one of my favorite advice posts EVER. These tips work so well for me.
Benefits of Morning Workouts:
- Increased metabolism. Morning workouts boost your metabolism more than evening workouts! There’s a wide variety of opinions on how long that lasts, but no matter what it’s a great idea to take advantage with a morning workout and reap the benefits as fully as possible!
- Increased focus. Exercising improves your focus (for a fairly short period of time), so you can start your workday feeling good and extra productive!
- Boosted energy. Morning exercisers actually tend to move more throughout the entire day than people who exercise in the evenings. Maybe this is more a momentum thing than increased energy? Either way, it’s a benefit I want!
- Better sleep. Apparently people who exercise in the mornings sleep longer and deeper than people who exercise in the evenings!
- Lose fat faster. If you exercise on an empty stomach you burn more fat (for the next 24 hours!) than if you exercise after eating.
- Lower blood pressure throughout the day. Workouts in the morning help keep your blood pressure low throughout the day. Super interesting, but working out in the evening does NOT have the same effect!
- More consistency. Now this is obviously more to do with human behavior than actual morning workout benefits. But there are loads of studies that people who exercise in the morning are more consistent and in general are in better health than people who exercise in the evenings. I doubt any of the benefits listed above are to thank – it’s just easier to be consistent with morning workouts because you’re not scheduling anything else for first thing in the morning. AND this means you reap all of the benefits above even more by keeping consistent.
- Bonus: You enjoy the mental health benefits of exercise earlier in the day! I haven’t read any studies that the mental health benefits of exercise are different if you exercise in the mornings versus the evenings. But if you experience a runner’s high from your workouts or reduced anxiety (like I do!), they are temporary and personally I would much rather feel that way at the start of my day than at the end.
I hope some of these help you guys, because writing this post has been a great reminder and motivator for me. AHHH, the CONSISTENCY is a huge reminder for me! My biggest struggle (which I talked about when I shared my consistency chart at the beginning of this month!) is staying consistent with my workouts. But when I look back on all the times I was most consistent and (not surprisingly) in the best shape, I was always working out in the mornings. And always on an empty stomach!
Happy morning workouts, loves!