Getting up early for a morning workout sounds like a great idea – but let’s be honest, we all want that extra time in bed. It’s warm, it’s cozy, and getting up to go to the gym just sounds like a horrible idea. Really though, getting up to go to the gym in the morning is one of the best things you can do for your day. Here’s a few ways that it can help you out:
After a workout, your body burns more calories – even at rest. In the fitness world, this is referred to as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption, or EPOC for short. Even if you’re resting for the day, a morning workout will give you a significant increase in your TDEE.
Increase Your Energy
Morning workouts can invigorate both your mind and your body. The added endorphins, adrenaline and other hormones released through working out act as natural stimulants. This is going to help you keep you focused and energized throughout your day.
Convincing yourself to get up early a morning workout is a hard task. If you can begin to do it consistently and develop it into a habit it will help you regiment a schedule and keep yourself on task.
Improve Your Sleeping Habits
It may seem counter-intuitive, but waking up earlier to get to the gym will actually help you sleep better. A morning workout will give you a boost through the day, but leave you fatigued come nighttime. This is in turn going to lead to a better night’s sleep, which will make getting up the next morning that much easier.