Those are words of wisdom from Ben Franklin, and they make a lot of sense!
Morning people tend to pride themselves on being more productive, more successful, & more energized, and they sure act like they’ve got their stuff together (at least to the night owls). GOOD MORNING! ?
I used to workout in the evenings after work for many years. Now with children, that is all but impossible, and by the time 9 pm rolls around I’m too wiped out to even think about a workout. I used to get up at 6 and be out the door by 6:45 am for work. A morning workout wasn’t really possible for me.
I used to think “I didn’t have the time“.
Yeah, the first couple weeks were rough as I developed the new habit but now I look forward to this “ME TIME”. Nothing & nobody interrupts me or stops me from getting it done. I’ve also come to appreciate the last 10-15 minutes of stillness & quietness that I have all to myself!
While the best time to work out is the time when you will work out most often, there are several benefits to working out early too! So, don’t press that snooze button yet — just get up and get going!
5 Great Reasons to Exercise in the Morning
1) You will end up being more productive
There’s something to be said about checking the exercise box off on your to-do list first thing in the morning. Being up and exercising before everyone else is awake is a great feeling! Afterwards, I feel so clear and calm, and I’m set for a more successful day!
2) You can earn more family time
While health is a top priority, and fitting in exercise time is mandatory, family likely comes first, and it’s nice getting ready for your day without feeling like everything is in total crisis mode! When you train yourself to working out before the sun rises, and the kids (and the pets) wake up, you can spend more time with them appreciatively during the day. Plus, after office hours, you just can go right home instead of waiting on line to use equipment at the gym!
3) You beat the boss to the office
Ever had an unexpected deadline or a last-minute 4:30 pm meeting sabotage your evening workout plans? Yep – Like always. Ever skip a workout because you’re just too tired at the end of the day? Exercise is more likely to happen if you do it first thing!
4) You will feel less stressed and ready for your day
Stress is a killer. Anxiety takes stress to a whole ‘nother level. I was on meds for anxiety. I have been med free for over 3 years now thanks to cleaning up my nutrition & working out nearly every day. We all have stressful, anxious moments, but a morning workout can take much of the edge off to help ease that daily stress, and potentially lower your blood pressure too! It only takes 20-30 minutes each morning to feel the benefit – including a better mood too!
5) You will improve your mental focus
What do you do after the a.m. workout? Shower, each a healthy breakfast, and get to work – right? It’s the perfect time to kick start your concentration and memory skills. Exercise has been shown to boost brain health & morning exercise may also enhance your job performance &concentration too. I find I am more patient, think more clearly & make much better decisions throughout my day. This helps to then lower stress!