by Dan Galanto
Mornings are my jam. Don’t get me wrong, sleep is amazing. But waking up in the morning to exercise is one of the best parts about my day. For me morning workouts are more beneficial than evening or afternoon workouts—and not because I’m physiologically burning more calories or less tired. Here is my take on why the morning workouts trump the later day times slots:
No stress—if you get it out of the way, you won’t stress about it the rest of the day. If you happen to stress about it, it won’t be an enjoyable experience. You’ll just spend a good chunk of time dreading it and this is not conducive for setting a positive experience around physical activity.
Initiate a healthy ripple effect—Compared to exercising later in the day, beginning a day with an exercise routine may lead to additional healthy behaviors throughout the rest of the day. Whether this is be from fear of “wasting” a workout by eating a fast food lunch or a desire to continue the healthy behavior throughout the day. Morning workouts have potential to lead to positive behaviors the rest of the day. Afternoon or evening workouts do not have these mechanisms as a possibility.
Less likely to skip a workout—Building off the above point, when you have a ‘bad’ day, some people tend to throw the whole day out the window. I.e. if you have an unhealthy lunch, then the whole day is labeled as unhealthy so why exercise? The day is already tainted by that unhealthy event. This mindset is hard to have with morning workouts. There is minimal time to “ruin” your day between the time you wake up and head to the gym. It’s difficult to label a day as ‘bad’ when you started by running three miles before your co-workers are even awake.
What do you think? Are you ready to try a morning workout?
If you need a little extra motivation to not hit the snooze button, try these:
- Sign up for an early morning class
- Find a workout partner to meet you early in the am
- Set an appointment with a Personal Trainer