Should you work out in the morning? In short, the answer is YES! For those who aren’t really morning people or are lacking motivation to get moving, here are 9 reasons why you should work out in the morning!
Hormones are your friend
Early in the morning, the hormones that are responsible for helping build muscles are at their peak! It’s a good thing to take advantage of your body’s natural cycle and exercise at times that accelerate your progress! Also, if you exercise early in the morning, before you head off to classes or work, chances are everyone is sleeping still and won’t bother you with emails, texts, or phone calls. (Less distractions and increased focus!)
Train early to perform later
Studies prove that morning training and afternoon peak performance are directly related. If you are able to adjust your daily routine to train in the morning hours, this means you will have much more physical energy and strength later in the day. It’s a win-win situation.
For all the coffee-lovers there is a good news. Scientists have found out that coffee offers many benefits to morning exercisers – from muscle fuel and improved circulation to less pain and muscle preservation. But don’t overdo it. One cup should be enough.
You will definitely get hungry
As the saying goes: “Eat your breakfast, share your lunch with a friend and give your dinner to the enemy.” Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Lots of people simply don’t eat enough or healthy enough in the morning. This definitely is not a problem for early bird exercisers, as you’ll be hungry after burning calories during your workout!
Exercise is one of the best ways to lower your stress levels. This is scientifically proven, as it increases the levels of a chemical (norepinephrine) released from your nervous system. This chemical triggers the so called “flight or fight” response. When the amount of oxygen in your brain, your heart rate and breathing rates are increased your body works much faster and better and you eventually train your body to deal with stress better.
Besides the improved function of your body’s systems, working out will improve mood. Some workouts release endorphins, “feel-good” hormones. But don’t worry, even only 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily is needed to boost your confidence.
Keep your brain sharp
Scientists have also proven that regular aerobic exercise changes the brain to improve cognitive abilities and memory. Exercise stimulates chemicals in the brain that affect it greatly, and even help to prevent dementia later on.
Workout in your own room
If you think you really have to hit the gym at 5 a.m. as a human zombie, guess again. Today, there are is a variety of exercises available which you can do without even leaving your room. There are many quality websites and apps, offering diverse exercises for your home workouts. For most of them, you don’t even need any equipment to workout!
More energy for a better day
When you train your body to do morning exercises, you will have much more energy throughout the day. You’ll be in a better mood, which will help boost of the moods of those around you and you’ll be more productive! Any task or activity that might pop up unexpectedly late afternoon or evening should be peace of cake for the early birds.
Sourced from: Bustle
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