How to be a Morning Exerciser
With longer days and warm summer nights, its hard to motivate to head to the gym after work when your coworkers are heading to happy hour, so try fitting in a morning workout. Other than earning your drinks by fitting in your morning sweat session, there are multiple reasons why getting up a little bit earlier is worth it.
Working out in the morning can increase your productivity at work throughout the day as exercise has been proven to increase mental focus and acuity post-workout for up to ten hours. You will also have more energy, without the need for your usual coffee, as exercise releases endorphins, which improve your mood and energy levels.
If waking up a little earlier to fit in a workout sounds impossible, try these simple tips to start making it a regular routine:
- Make friends at the gym that will help you stick to your routine or make workout dates with your friends. If someone else is also waking up early to meet you, you will feel less inclined to hit the snooze button.
- Plan your workout the night before. Is there a morning spin class or a new workout you have wanted to try? Sign up for the class or write out your workout routine so you make the most of your morning and get an effective workout in.
- Pack your bag the night before. Get your gym clothes and shoes out and ready so you don’t run late trying to find that missing sock. And if you are heading to work straight from the gym – have all the essentials packed so you can shower and get ready in the locker room.
- Eat something light before your workout so you are not starving and then have another light snack after. Avoid eating a full meal before your workout or you will feel sick.
After you start getting into a routine, it will become habit and enable you to take full advantage of the entire day. Remember, if you are heading to happy hour, drink extra water before bed so you don’t feel sluggish in the morning and dehydrated throughout your workout.