I’m going to come right out and say it. I’m not a morning person. I’m usually the gal who hits the snooze button a half dozen times before dragging myself out of bed in the morning. But I’ve got to admit — on the days when I’m up at the crack of dawn to get in a workout before heading to the office, I feel great for the rest of the day. Not convinced? Here are four of the reasons I like to work out in the morning, even though I’m not a morning person.
Energy for the Day
According to the Mayo Clinic, increased energy is just one of the many benefits of regular exercise. Personally, I prefer having that boost of energy at the beginning of the day when I have a million things to do, as opposed to the evening when I’m trying to relax and wind down.
Sense of Accomplishment
I don’t know about you, but getting something crossed off my to-do list early in the day motivates me to hammer through the other things on my list. It’s a good feeling to know I’ve gotten in my workout before most of my coworkers have even had their morning coffee, and that sense of accomplishment gives me a little pep in my step for the rest of the day.
No Time for Excuses
If I make plans to work out after work, I have plenty of time to come up with excuses. I have to work late. I’m tired. I’m meeting a friend for dinner. My coworkers want to grab drinks. (and if I don’t go, I’m not much of a team player, right? Right?!). On the other hand, when I choose to work out in the morning, none of these excuses stand in the way of getting in a sweat session.
Healthier Decisions Throughout the Day
You know how your body craves greasy food after a night out drinking? Well, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I’ve found that if I start my day with a healthy activity like going for a run, I’m more likely to eat healthier foods. One good decision seems to lead to others.
Do you work out in the morning? What are some of the benefits you experience? Don’t work out in the mornings? What’s holding you back?