For someone who is not a morning person, an early morning WOD may seem like the worst possible time to workout. But, when considering all the benefits…it’s actually not a bad thing to try at all. For years I use to workout solely workout in the evenings because it fit in with my time and my family’s. It wasn’t until I became an affiliate owner that I started attending the early morning WODs to mix and mingle with our AM warriors. I can confidently say that morning WOD’s are a favourite of mine and I do try to attend when I can. So what benefits are we talking about…? Have a read below 🙂
1. Jumps Starts Your Metabolism
Without a doubt, exercise can boost your metabolic rate. The degree depends on your current fitness level and the kind of activity you choose. All other things being equal, working out in the morning will help to boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories for the rest of the day. This phenomenon is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or *EPOC
2. You’ll Exercise Consistently
Recent studies have show that people who exercise in the morning are 90% more likely to consistently exercise, rather than skip days. When exercise is pushed to latter in the day, it can sometimes be replaced by other things that crowd you schedule.
3. Regulates Your Appetite
Many people have found that exercising in the morning regulates their appetite and that they’re not as hungry throughout the day. In turn this allows them to make better food choices when they eat. It helps them maintain a healthy mindset.
4. Increased Energy Levels
When you workout in the morning you’ll feel a boost of energy throughout the whole day. I personally have seen the difference when I workout in the morning vs. other times of the day.
5. Increases Brain Power
Research has shown that exercising in the morning increases mental acuity. It can last on average between 4 to 10 hours after a workout. Not only will you feel awake and have more energy after your workout, but your mind will be ready to take on whatever tasks you have lined up that day. I find this to be very useful as I accomplish tasks more efficiently at work and forget less.
6. Develop Strong Self-Discipline
I don’t think anyone will argue with me when I say that waking up early in the morning to exercise enhances your personal discipline. Just like any habit, developing the discipline to get up and exercise in the morning only gets easier with time. Perhaps more importantly, this discipline is likely to spill over into other areas of your life. After all, if you’re going to such lengths to exercise each morning, pairing that work with healthier eating, as an example, only makes sense. Not to mention, you will also have a higher success of reaching your fitness goals.
7. Get Better Sleep
Waking up early in the morning to exercise will in turn help you sleep better. Your body will enjoy a healthy sense of fatigue at the end of the day and will be ready to sleep. A recent study had participants exercise at 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm 3 days per week. Guess who got the deepest, longest sleeps? Yeah – it was those who were doing the 7 am workout sessions! Morning exercise not only improves the length of sleep you will enjoy, but also your quality of sleep by promoting deeper sleep cycles.
Evening exercise can actually have the opposite effect. Exercise is a form of stress, and your body reacts to stress by releasing hormones including adrenaline. Would you take a shot of adrenaline and then expect to fall asleep soon after? (I didn’t think so)
8. Love Life
Do I even need to argue this one? You have created a strong habit of morning exercise, your metabolism is flowing, your body is looking and feeling better, you’re sleeping well at night, and your mind is as sharp as ever. Are you enjoying your new life yet?
* EPOC – Excess