For a select few, like me, mornings are the best time of the day.
My mornings start with my first cup of coffee, followed by taking a few minutes to relax; I listen to the birds chirp, watch the sun rise and think about the day to come. I find it energizing and invigorating, and it helps to start my day off right.
For most of the rest of the world, however, getting out of bed and into the world of consciousness is no easy task.
A Healthier Mindset
When the first thing you do with your day is exercise, it does something to your mental state. Instead of thoughtlessly eating high-carb, high-sugar, low-energy food during the day, you’re very conscious about what you put into your body.
After all, you woke up early to get your body in tip-top shape. No reason to waste your early-morning routine. On top of better food choices, you’re more likely to find opportunities to take a quick walk during the day when you start your day out right.
You’ll Need Less Caffeine
Feel like you spend most of your day traveling from your desk to the coffee machine? Get up earlier and work out and watch your need for liquid energy decrease.
Sure, you may still enjoy a cup or two—you may even need a cup on the way to the gym, but hitting the gym early in the morning will give you an added boost of energy and mental clarity without caffeine.
Ever tried working out at lunchtime or after work? So does everyone else. If you have then you know how frustrating it is to wait around for a weight machine or treadmill.
You only have so much time to get your workout in why waste half of it waiting around? Stop waiting for the bench by getting in when everyone else is fast asleep.
As an added perk, you won’t have to avoid that guy who always wants to talk when you’re trying to focus on your next rep. He’ll be in dreamland, far away from the gym.
You’re Ready for Work
On top of being more health-conscious, you’ll find yourself feeling more confident after an early-morning workout. Big client flying in for a meeting? No problem.
You just conquered a pre-dawn workout, showered all your sweat off, and ate a healthy, protein-rich breakfast. That little meeting is no problem, so bring it on!
Nighttime Is Your Time
When Friday rolls around, your family and friends aren’t always understanding of your workout routines. They beg and they plead with you to skip your workout (just this once!) so you can join them for a party or a night on the town.
Eventually, you’re guilted into doing as they wish. Put together enough of those non-exercise evenings and your commitment is in trouble. Hit the gym early in the morning, on the other hand, and you can have your workout and be social in the evenings, too!
You’ll Stick with It
Nighttime fun isn’t the only reason you skip exercise. In fact, more often than not, a late night at the office or taking the kids to soccer practice does your routine in. So if you want to meet your goals in the gym, get started on your routine in the morning, before your day gets started.
Your Body Will Thank You
There are a lot of things that have to go right in your body to feel well and perform at your peak. You can help regulate a number of these processes by waking up at the same time each day and working out early. Even if you’re not a morning person right now, within a few weeks of exercising in the morning, you will likely find yourself waking up earlier and feeling more energized every day of the week.