Exercising in the morning

Motivational Reasons for Exercising in the Morning

We all have our preferences when it comes to what type of exercise we enjoy and feel is beneficial for us. The same goes for the time of the day when we do it. I prefer a workout in the morning over evening. Previously I never thought it would be possible during the work week, only at weekends but after a couple of months of trying it out, I’ve found that exercising in the morning really works for me.

If you’re thinking of starting your day with exercise, here are a couple of tips which will hopefully motivate you but before I start, worth noting is that I’m flexible with time as I don’t have any children to take care of. I understand if this routine might not work for you if you do.

Wakes you up

I know it can be really hard getting up in early morning hours but it’s worth it. Winter time will be extra hard but if you start in the summer, make a routine out of it, it will hopefully stick.

As soon as I step out the door the fresh air wakes me up and the cycle ride to the gym equally so. I could stay satisfied only cycling but I need some strength building in my routine so cardio isn’t enough. Getting up an extra half an hour to fit both in is so worth it for me.

Burns off more fat?

I believe this being true for me but it might differ from person to person. I’ve read that exercising in the morning, prior to eating breakfast, burns more calories and fat but in the same article also read the opposite.

Sometimes I wonder how I manage to both cycle and do a 30 min long gym pass on an empty stomach but I do. I have a small bite of a energy/protein bar in between to make sure I’ve got enough energy and don’t feel sick. I drink plenty of water before and after the exercise and I feel fine. Eating a big breakfast before and I don’t have to get up even earlier to digest it before getting any exercise done.

Energises you through the day

It might have been difficult getting up in the morning but once done with the exercise, you’ll have enough energy to last you for the rest of the day. There’s nothing worse than a tiredness slump in the afternoon which still happens now and again but nowhere near as often which is great.

Exercising in the evening and I’m energised at the wrong hours of the day; just before bed time when I should go to sleep. By the time the evening comes, I’m tired and I’ve come up with so many excuses to why I shouldn’t go for a run, go to the gym etc. so it’s less likely to happen than a morning work out. I have to get up anyways.

Leaves more time for other things

Having done all the exercise for the day in the morning, you’ve got loads more time on your hands after work to get up to more fun things. How often do you get asked out to go for a breakfast date at 6am that you have to decline? Answer is never! But going out for a nice meal, snuggle up at the cinema, have time for friends and family is more likely to happen during evening time and you don’t want to miss out. With exercise in the morning, you don’t have to!

So, anyone else convinced to start the day with a good workout? Let me know in the comments when you find time for exercise and how it works for you.

Jennie xx

8 Comments

  • Vicky

    I’ve started trying to go on power walks in the morning or doing a mini at home workout to wake up and prepare for the day but I still do my lifting in the evenings or very occasionally at lunchtime. My gym is quite far from my house and my spotter can only do evenings so I’ll be sticking with that for a while.

    Good to hear you’ve found a touring that works for you.

    V <3
    http://sirvikalot.wordpress.com

    • Jennie

      Power walks are so nice! I used to do them a lot when I worked in a school and had loads more time during the holidays. Sounds like you’ve got a really good routine that works for you too 🙂 x

  • Tina

    This has got me feeling motivated to use my mornings more wisely. Especially as I have time at the moment to get into a good routine. By the afternoon, I feel like it can wait until tomorrow! So tomorrow I am going to get up and be active before anything else 🙂

    • Jennie

      Whoop! I agree with you, I should have gone running this morning but never did and now I’ve decided tomorrow instead. We shall see if it happens… Did you go for yours? x

  • Kel

    This is all very convincing, but I know next time I have the opportunity to do a morning workout or just stay in bed for a bit longer… I’m probably going to choose bed!

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