We’ve have always been advocates of working out first thing in the morning. Back in high school, we used to take a 5:30am pilates and spin classes at the gym we used to both work at. We felt so badass walking into school with our protein shakes in tow (“Yeah that’s right bitches, it’s 7AM and we already got our sweat on! What what!”). Sooo cool. Although we have now switched our protein shakes to Paleo breakfast smoothies, our early morning workouts have continued.
By now, you know we are not a fan of excuses. Everyone has time to cook, eat healthy and workout if you make it a priority. As Emily stated in a previous post, if you have time to watch tv, you have time to cook a healthy meal. This also transcends into working out. Everyone lives crazy, unpredictable lives. Emily works full time as a designer, part time as a spin instructor and still finds time to hit the gym, eat clean and cook healthy meals. As a consultant, Erica is constantly traveling, living out of hotels and spending her weekends getting to and from a client site. No matter how busy we may be, we always make working out a priority. This usually means waking up at an ungodly hour (4:45am for me this week) and getting after it. Both of us have first handedly experienced the benefits of exercising in the morning. There is honestly no better way to start a day than sweating it out. Still not convinced? We’ve included a list of the benefits of early morning exercise below:
- You get to see gorgeous sunrises like this one. ‘Nuff said.
- Working out in the morning “jump starts” your metabolism and keeps it up for hours. This means you’ll be burning more calories all day long without any extra effort. In addition, you’re more likely to make better food decisions knowing you started the day off on a healthy note.
- Exercising in the morning energizes you for the day. For us, we’ve realized our mornings become SO much more productive at work (clearly Erica didn’t work out on this day...)
- If you commit 100% to working out in the morning, your body’s endocrine system and circadian rhythms regulate making it easier and easier to wake up early. via (Non-science talk– once you get into a routine, your body will naturally adapt, making you not want to murder your alarm clock when it goes off at 5AM).
- Working out in the morning starts your day on the right track. You don’t have to worry about something unexpectedly coming up in the afternoon that will prevent you from exercising. It’s already taken care of. Out of the way. Finitio. Badabing, badaboom.
- It relieves stress and gives you a clear head to start the day.
- Your metabolism, along with all the hormones involved in activity and exercise, begin to elevate while you’re sleeping. As a result, you’ll feel more alert, energized, and ready to exercise when you do wake up. Hormones prepare your body for exercise by regulating blood pressure, heart rate, blood flow to muscles, etc. All good things.
- Assuming you make exercise a true priority, it shouldn’t be a major problem to get up 30 to 60 minutes earlier—especially since regular exercise generally means a higher quality of sleep, which in turn means you’ll probably require less sleep. (If getting up 30 to 60 minutes earlier each day seems too daunting, you can ease into it with 10 to 20 minutes at first.) via SparkPeople
- When you work out in the morning, you have time at the end of your day to cook!
- …………Or go to Happy Hour.
Honestly, exercising first thing in the morning puts us in the best mood. Yes, we know we sound crazy to you non-morning people, but give it a shot for a few days and then talk to us. You have more energy throughout the day, sleep better at night, and burn more calories. And, once you’re up, you’re up. When I was first getting into the hang of getting up early, I had my alarm set to “You’re fat, get up”. Kind of messed up, I know, but I’d roll over, be tempted to hit snooze, then see that message.. and it would get my ass out of bed. Feel free to enter a more positive message though, no need to be as bitchy as I am. What’s the worst thing that will happen by going to bed a couple hours earlier? Missing the new episode of Real Housewives of OC (which I did last night.. because I was in bed by 10..)
Give it a shot, let us know what you think/how you feel! As my spin instructor said this morning when the light was starting to fill up the studio “Sweatin’ it all out before the sun comes up. Not bad, huh?” Nope, not bad at all.
We’ll leave you with some pictures of some glorious sunrises from last week (we’ll spare showing you what we look like at 5AM. You’re welcome). Oh, and Erica wasn’t kidding about waking up at 4:45AM. Here’s a text she sent me yesterday. With 3 exclamation points. Normal!
Do you guys work out in the morning? Does it suck sometimes? Totally against it? Let’s hear it!