Finding the right time to fit in your workout with your busy schedule is a daunting task. Few people have the desire to workout after working 8+ hour shifts and prefer to go home or tend to other obligations. Even fewer people have the opportunity to workout in the middle of the day. A midday lunch break is hardly enough time to get a worth-while workout in before going back to work. That leaves most people with an early morning workout as their only option, but this involves waking up even earlier than you already need to. Leaving your warm bed may sound like a nightmare, but there are plenty of benefits to getting up with the sun and starting your day with exercise.
A morning workout starts you out on the right foot for making healthier choices for the remainder of your day. When you start your day on a healthy note, you are more likely to want to continue this trend throughout the day, by skipping fries at lunch, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or snacking at your desk less. Morning workouts also provide a boost to your metabolism, starting it early so that more calories are burned throughout the day. If you are not hungry first thing in the morning, it is encouraged to go with that gut feeling and skip breakfast before you exercise. This will force your body to burn stored fat rather than carbs from food. As always, it is then imperative to fuel your body properly after your workout to provide recovery.
Some people workout because they love to exercise, and then there are those who work out because they feel like they have to. They have health goals that they know they can reach with consistent exercise, but they may not necessarily love working out. Creating a routine to work out in the morning provides the latter group to get the exercise over with early, rather than dreading it all day. Moreover, early morning exercisers are more likely to remain consistent with their workouts. Afternoon plans can change quickly, but unexpected or out of the ordinary events are likely to interfere with your schedule in the morning. Getting up early to get your workout in provides less guilt for when you have an exhausting day of work and want nothing more to go home and watch a movie to unwind, or if a post-work happy hour presents itself.
Waking up early may be one of the least appealing parts of a morning workout, but you can look forward to a better nights sleep later that day. Starting your day earlier while still remaining awake until your usual bedtime means that you automatically have yourself a longer day. Rather than being amped from an afternoon or evening workout, your body will be long ready for bed by the time your head hits the pillow. This leads to longer, deeper sleep. Hopefully, a better night of sleep will prepare you for yet another early morning workout tomorrow.