Why Mornings are Best for Working Out
We all know that getting out of bed in the morning can be one of the hardest tasks of the day. It's tempting to press that snooze button a few times or even turn it off. However, there is science to prove that this is the best time of the day for you to work out and you can’t argue with science! Not only will you be in a better mood for the rest of the day and improve your focus, but you will sleep better at night!
1. Working out makes you happier.
It is a well known fact that working out releases that amazing chemical we love called dopamine, which in return makes you happier, said Yoga Wake Up instructor Niki Saccareccia.
“Lots of studies are proving how an appropriate amount of activity relative to your fitness level and age can improve overall mood, perception, self-confidence and mental resilience,” Niki said. “It is important to be able to release enough dopamine because as we get older it naturally begins to decline and we can increase its production with regular exercise.”
An early morning workout could be just what you need to improve your mood, set you up for a great rest of your day and keep getting that chemical release!
2. It also reduces stress and anxiety.
According to Yoga Wake Up’s Arielle Fanelli, a great way to reduce the stress and anxiety of the work week is to work out before you get the work day started.
“Exercise reduces stress and anxiety just like it improves our mood for the day,” Arielle points out, “so when we start our day by doing something good for ourselves, and getting our endorphins UP, we handle the rest of the day much more gracefully and calm.”
She adds, “By getting this task over with in the morning you are able to immediately eliminate the stress of finding time to do it later in the day. This work out does not have to be a super intense one either-- it is important to pick one that you love so you are able to enjoy it.”
“By working out in the morning you are putting yourself in a much better place to be able to have a productive day.”
3. Morning workouts improve your focus for the rest of the day.
Do you notice that your focus at work is dwindling throughout the day and coffee just isn't helping? This could be because you are working out at the wrong time of the day. Working out in the morning can help improve your focus and concentration for the rest of the day.
According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, a 2019 study found that morning exercise improves attention, visual learning, and decision-making. Morning workouts can also give you that extra boost of energy you need in the morning to keep you focused throughout the day.
4. You may even sleep better at night!
Are you having trouble falling asleep even after a long exhausting day at work? This can also be related to the time of day that you are working out. As listed earlier working out helps improve your energy levels, if you are doing this too late in the day it can really affect your sleep at night. It is important to work out in the morning so that you are giving your body enough time to recover throughout the day from the release of endorphins and rise in body temperature.
According to The National Sleep Foundation, “When you sleep at night, your blood pressure naturally dips by about 10 to 20 percent. That reduction is good for your heart, and may be one way that your body restores itself when you sleep. An early morning sweat session may provide the ideal blood pressure reduction, as well as maximize deep sleep, compared with midday or evening workouts.”
Still not totally convinced?
Here are some tips from Yoga Wake Up’s instructors to make working out in the morning a little easier:
“I used to literally wear my work out clothes to bed under my pajamas and then just wake up, pull off my PJs and the hardest part was over,” said Arielle. “So, lay them out the night before, or put them on. Have everything you need already ready to go so you can roll up and roll out!”
“Set up a calendar for your morning workouts, like any other important meeting or event you'd make it a point to attend,” Niki said. “Motivation is subjective and unreliable - you have to cultivate discipline to make working out in the morning easier and enjoyable.”
“Also, find a friend who also works out in the morning - they don't have to be your gym buddy, but someone who can keep you accountable to your routine.”
By working out in the morning there is less room to make excuses. You can get exercise out of the way first thing in the morning, leaving the rest of your day free. There are less distractions in the morning making you more likely to follow through with the workout and feel accomplished for the rest of the day! Not to mention the bragging rights you get for working out before work or school!
What better way to start this routine then setting your Yoga Wake Up for an easy morning yoga session?