Not many of us can truly say we like getting up at the crack of dawn to hit the gym. But while it may be hard to drag yourself out of bed in the wee hours it may be worth it. In fact, there are several benefits to working out in the morning as opposed to at night. Below are some of the best reasons why all of us should considering setting our alarm clocks a little bit earlier each morning.
That's right. It's summer time. And you know what that means. Lots of after work patio parties and backyard barbeques. Chances of you skipping these fun events to hit the gym are slim so if you get your workout over with in the morning you will feel much better about hitting those summer gatherings.
Your focus is much better in the morning. There are no e-mail distractions, no deadlines and no boss telling you to do something every 5 minutes. All you have to do is concentrate on your body. Working out will also help you get through the work day because you will get a rush of endorphins that will boost your energy and your mood. You'll also be less likely to reach for junk food throughout the day because you'll be in a healthy state of mind. When you feel good, you want to give your body good food.
Gyms are usually more crowded in the evenings so if you hit the gym early you will avoid the crowds. Chances are you won't have to wait for that exercise machine you want and all the equipment will be clean and ready to go. As well, you'll be less likely to start chatting to other gym-goers, which will cut your workout short and leave you will little results.
Exercise boosts your metabolic rate so working out in the morning will help boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories throughout the day.
Getting your workout over with in the morning will leave you with more time for other important things – like spending time with your family. If you work out in the evening you will likely be fighting rush-hour traffic and crowds at the gym. When you get home you'll need to take time to shower and by the time you're finished it could mean little time for your family life.
Research suggest that drinking caffeine before a workout can actually boost speed, endurance and workout quality. Drinking coffee before you exercise can help you burn more calories when your workout is done. Since you likely drink coffee in the morning this would be a great time to exercise.