Day 3: Exercising in the Morning Does…

English: The bike paths in Santa Monica and Ve...

English: The bike paths in Santa Monica and Venice Beach give you a breath of fresh air when you are working out on a StreetStrider. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s kind of interesting, but I don’t mind working out in the morning or in the afternoon. However, I have noticed that working out in the afternoon, I have to encourage myself more.  I guess it is because of the all day work routine and then trying to gather the energy to workout in the afternoon.

The reason that I have brought this to your attention about what to to to organize your morning routine is that the morning workout may be best for you or not.  You will have to try it before you say that it isn’t for you.  Remember that the purpose of this 5 day challenge is for you to really dig deep into what you do, whether or not what you do is health, and where you may need to make a few changes.

Let’s look at a few things about a morning workout:

  1. Burn more calories during the day–“”Either start off with a good breakfast or a good workout,” she says. “If you’re going to work out within an hour of waking up, then don’t eat. But if you can’t work out within an hour of waking up, then eat. Either your workout or eating a healthy breakfast is going to jumpstart your metabolism.” (Shy)
  2. Healthier state of mind–“Here’s another reason why your brain loves physical exercise: it promotes the growth of new brain cells.” (11Steps)
  3. Better sleep at night–“One study of overweight women between the ages of 50 to 75 showed that those who engaged in consistent morning exercise (about four hours a week) slept better than those who exercised less. The evening exercisers had more trouble falling asleep – even if they fit in the four hours a week.” (Davis)

Though there are only three reasons to work out in the morning the one thing that I learned while researching is that morning workouts become routine, because of the way that we as humans work.  It’s like an appointment and we have it in our minds that this is one of the steps to our day.

Assignment:  Try a morning workout three times over the course of three weeks.  See what works best for you and your schedule. I’d love to hear what you found easiest or more habit forming for you!

 

References:

Davis, Jeanie Lerche. “Lose Weight With Morning Exercise”  WebMD.  July 22, 2014. http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/lose-weight-with-morning-exercise.

Shy, Leta.  How to Boost Your Metabolism in the Morning.  Fox Magazine.  July 22, 2014 http://magazine.foxnews.com/food-wellness/how-boost-your-metabolism-morning

“11 steps to a better brain”  July 22, 2013.  http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality/new_scientist.html

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