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Morning Workout | The Best Time To Exercise


Why Morning Workouts Are The Best


If you work out early, you get it done early and out of the way so you can focus on everything else in life. Gym can be a great way to get through life, but it can also become an obstacle. Getting a workout done early in the morning means that you do not spend the whole day constantly thinking about your workout later.

 

If you have a workout planned for the end of the day, you need to mentally keep checking you have all your gear, you know what exercises you are going to do, and you know what you want to achieve. However, this is of course distracting, and takes away focus from what you need to be getting on with for the rest of the day. When you get your workout done early in the day this of course is not a problem. You get in early, you get your workout done, and you spend the rest of the day focusing on what you need to focus on, with the physically hardest part of the day out the way.


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The Benefits Of Morning Workouts

 

This will also help your sleeping pattern, guaranteed. This is because by the end of the day you will be exhausted, and ready for bed. Which means you will sleep deeply, and from a good hour. When you wake up you will be fresh and ready to do it all again. Another advantage of the early morning workout is that nothing else gets in the way of the work out. A very big plus. I know of a few people that have to turn their phones off before they go into gym. This is because if they have their phone on, inevitably someone calls or messages, or emails, or something to that effect. In the age of the “now”, when we receive communication we need to tend to it, and respond as soon as possible. This becomes an irritation when you are trying to get in a workout (particularly for your workout partner). At the same time, however, when its important you do need to tend to it.

 

Similarly, things come up. Often issues present themselves during the day that we did not expect, and we need to suddenly find extra time in the day to tend to them. Getting in an early morning workout solves both these problems. Firstly, people are not going to be buzzing your phone in the early hours of the morning which means you can keep focused on your workout then, and focus on your communication later in the day. Similarly, when those unexpected issues come up, you will have the space to make time for them because your workout commitment has already been fulfilled. When you have just woken up, you do not have the energy to negotiate a mediocre workout. When you have just woken up, often your body is more awake than your brain.

 

For example, dragging yourself out of bed, turning on the kettle, and making your tea all happens without thinking. If you were asked how to make tea at that point, it would probably be harder to answer than it would be to actually make the tea. Similarly, when you know what you have to do for your workout, because you have already decided, or it is a set program, or you have written it down, it is quite easy to get along with, because you are too tired to negotiate with it. We all have that moment as we start hitting either the 50% or the 75% mark of the workout, where we start negotiating the end. It is very easier to convince oneself, in that state, that skipping the last exercise is justified. But, of course, generally, it is not. Generally, it is just the fatigue thinking. But when you have just woken up, your body fresh, and your brain on its way, you get that workout done.


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You are too tired to negotiate, and you just get it finished, and proceed with the rest of the day. It is a satisfying feeling. Lastly, but certainly not least, if you do an early morning workout, you get that fresh pump for the rest of the day. Getting in a workout in the evening still, gives you a pump. But the majority of the time with that pump you spend sleeping! If you get yourself feeling fresh and strong from early in the day, you get to spend the whole day revelling in that. Further, if all your workouts are in the morning, every day you get to spend the day enjoying that feeling. It goes to show, therefore, that morning workouts are the best. There is no better time to workout than first thing in the day. So, set your alarm early for tomorrow, and give it a try.


 

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye has a MSc in Sport Physiology and Nutrition, and puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding. She enjoys a pun, and in her spare time loves dog walking and eating out.


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