Your Hormones Are Working To Your Advantage
Early in the morning, crucial hormones, such as testosterone, are elevated in the body. These hormones help build muscle mass and burn fat. When you work out in the morning right when you wake up, you are taking advantage of these hormones at they’re strongest rather than when the levels have leveled out during the day.
You’ll Be More Focused Throughout the Day
When you wake up and workout you automatically put your brain to work. Blood gets flowing to your muscles and brain and endorphin get released, leading to you feeling more awake and alert compared to if you woke up and zombie-d your way to the shower, to your car, then to work.
You’ll Be Less Likely To Skip Your Workout
Personally, when I wake up and get my workout done I feel accomplished and relieved that I got it done. When you wait until the end of the day you are more likely to make excuses or let life get in the way. The only excuse you can make when you work out in the morning is that you don’t want to get out of bed. When you wait there are a lot of reasons not to work out, like dinner needs to be made, you are exhausted from your day, the kids have soccer practice, you need to go to the store, etc.
Your Metabolism Will Receive A Quick Boost
Working out in the morning will help to boost your metabolism and allow you to burn more calories during the rest of your day. This is due to a process called Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption, or EPOC. To maximize post-workout caloric burn do cardio activities like High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or resistance training. .
Your Mood Will Improve
It’s no secret that exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. Endorphins aside, the feeling of accomplishment alone boosts my mood. When I work out in the morning, I am proud of myself, and when I am proud of myself, I am in a good mood. If you are prone to skipping your workouts at the end of the day and get down on yourself for it, imagine how you will feel during the day after working out before most people are even awake. It’s a pretty good feeling.
You Won’t Have As Many Distractions
Like I mentioned before, work outs at the end of the day can be interrupted by life. There are only so many hours in the day, and if you feel like your days are busy enough as it is, working out may be difficult. When you wake up early in the morning to work out, the day hasn’t even started yet. You haven’t faced the tiring activities of your kids, the work you do at your job, the flat tire your car just got, etc. When you wake up in the morning, your day is fresh and shiny and new. What better time to work out?
Develop Strong Self-Discipline
If you can bring yourself to work out in the morning, you are considered very disciplined. Like I mentioned above, most people are not even awake yet by the time you are up and sweating. As an added bonus, if you work out in the morning your day is more likely to stay on a healthy track. Imagine one of your co-workers brings in donuts on a Monday. If you have worked out and started your day healthy, you won’t want to ruin it with a donut. On the other hand, if you just rolled out of bed you will probably eat that donut and think “i’ll work it off later”, and chances are you won’t!
Get Better Sleep
The earlier you wake up and the more energy you expend in a day, the better you will sleep at night. If you have ever wanted to get to bed early but ended up staying awake until midnight, you know how important this one is. If you want to get to bed earlier, wake up earlier and use more energy. Just like working out in the morning gives you energy throughout your day, working out at night will give you a boost of energy too. Would you rather have high energy during your day or at night when you are trying to sleep?
Bottom line is; working out in the morning is very beneficial. However, it is not easy and I am not trying to tell you that it is. It takes discipline and motivation, but when you get in the habit of doing it you are far more likely to reach your goals.