Why You Should Consider a Morning Workout
I recently read an article about journaling and how it’s best to write three pages as soon as you wake up. The theory behind this is that for the first 45 minutes after waking, the ego hasn’t had a chance to set in. As soon as I read this, I thought about my morning exercise routine. I love to wake up and be active within the first 15 minutes and I always joke that it’s because my brain hasn’t had a chance to realise that it’s running or lifting weights yet 😂
I’d rather get my exercise done for the day before I get distracted or lose motivation. If I’ve taken a few days off, it feels like a struggle to get back into the AM routine but it’s always worth it! Here are my top three reasons for trying out morning training:
1. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and have more energy. If you workout in the morning, you’re free to get on with your day and can relaxxx in the evening. Once you’re up and have your kit on, you’re likely just to get on with it - especially if there’s a delicious brekkie waiting at the end! I find it helpful to get my kit out the night before, so that I don’t have to scramble around in the morning.
2. You can take advantage of fasted cardio, which is essentially working out after a 10-14 hour window of not eating. I’m known for always grazing, so fasting whilst I sleep is a win win! The theory behind FC is that after being in a fasted state for some time, your body will have depleted its glycogen stores and will look for alternative sources of fuel. Therefore, the percentage of fat that you’d burn during your workout would be that little bit higher. Bonus! 💥
3. It’s a great way to establish a routine. Now that most of us are working from home, it’s tempting to binge an extra few shows and stay up a few hours later. Getting up at a set time each day also helps to strengthen your sense of self-discipline. If you schedule an early morning workout, you’re making a promise to yourself to get to bed early, rise early and consciously make an effort to stick to a routine. If you want to eventually get to a 6am workout, try a few weeks getting up at 7am then work backwards.