It may be tempting to stay in your bed and get more shut-eye than to get up early and work out, but doing your exercise in the morning instead of in the afternoon or at night has a lot of benefits.
Your metabolic rate is boosted early in the morning and you can burn more calories during the rest of the day. And we all know that exercise can produce endorphins, which can help keep us happy and motivated for the other activities we will do during the day.
Check out this fitness trainer for advice on how to make the most of your morning workout. You can also read the list below for more tips.
Get enough sleep
Sometimes the hardest part of working out in the morning is getting out of bed, and that is even harder to do when you are exhausted and stressed. You need to make sure that you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep so that waking up will not feel like a chore.
Sleep is very important because it is the time when your body repairs itself from all the rigorous activities you did throughout the day. If you do not get enough sleep, you will be more likely to feel lethargic, exhausted and irritable.
Eat a good meal
Don’t skip your breakfast because you will need to have calories to give you energy during a workout. Remember that you are working out after you’ve just woken up, where you spent hours sleeping and not consuming food. A good pre-workout meal is especially needed if you are planning to lift weights because you need nutrients for your muscles.
You don’t need a complicated breakfast, something as simple as Greek yogurt with some nuts and fruits mixed is already a good choice. And of course, make sure you are properly hydrated when you exercise.
Don’t forget to do warm-ups
Don’t dive right away into a workout without doing any stretching or warm-up exercises. You just woke up from sleep, and you were not able to use your legs and whole body for hours while it was resting. Doing a heavy workout or lifting weights without warming up can lead to cramps and even injuries.
Commit to doing the warm-up, do some light stretching and even some cardio to get your heart rate up before you do the rest of your workout.
Set goals for yourself every day
Exercising in the early morning should not come as an afterthought. It should be something you look forward to every day. Motivate yourself by setting some goals that you will achieve when you work out.
It can be something as simple as doing a number of reps or beating your own time with your training. You can also set long-term goals like how many pounds you want to lose every put month. It is easier to put yourself to action when you know you have a goal you want to achieve.