Why Morning Workouts Work
I’ve always preferred getting my exercise done first thing in the morning.
I started the habit back when my kids were at home, and early morning was the time of day when there was no competition for my time.There are still so many reasons I’d rather get it done first thing. If starting, or sticking to a routine is hard for you, consider scheduling your workouts first thing in the morning. Here’s why:
1.You get a win first thing
No matter what else happens the rest of the day, you can reflect back on that early morning victory and know your day is a success.
2.You make healthier decisions the rest of the day
I think working out sets the tone for the rest of the day. You’ve got those feel-good endorphins going, you’ve had a good sweat, muscles are tired but happy. It’s easier to keep that momentum going with good food choices.
3.You Don’t have to keep yourself motivated all day to get it done later
This is a biggie for me. On occasions when I have to do my workout later in the day, I can feel the energy it takes to keep that commitment. To know as I’m facing all of the other challenges a day can bring, that I still have to stay motivated, and keep the schedule clear to get my workout in.
4.You’re less likely to have competition for your time.
There just aren’t that many people clamoring for your attention in the wee hours of the morning. The time is all yours.
If this seems like a huge challenge, here are some ideas to get you started.
Start small. Try setting your alarm for 15 minutes early, and just do a short workout, one that you like. Make it gentle. The goal is to get your mind and body into a new habit, not immediately crush all your fitness goals.
Post a visual reminder. Put a calendar on the bathroom mirror and check off each time you get up and exercise.
Celebrate every win!Use Mel Robbins' 5 Second rule. When the alarm goes off, count down 5-4-3-2-1- launch! And get out of bed. DO NOT, under any circumstances hit snooze, or it’s over!
What do you think? Are you a morning exerciser? Would you like to be? Try it, and share in our Facebook group how it goes for you, or comment right here on the blog.
I want to know, because I am ALWAYS cheering you on, Anne