Rise and Sweat: Why Morning Workouts are Better for You

Most people that do morning workouts usually don’t until they get that first taste of an early sweat. 

There’s something about starting your day as the sun comes up with a morning jog or a vinyasa flow with your fellow morning workout junkies, and it just hits different. 

The best time to exercise will always be what works best for you. After all, trying to prepare the kids for school or yourself for the day can make it impossible to rise and sweat. That 9 p.m. workout might be all the time, you have to take care of yourself. 

Starting your day with a good workout does provide more health benefits. Here are four reasons working out in the morning is better for you … and it might just turn you into a morning person.

Your calorie intake will be less

Researchers at Brigham Young University discovered a morning workout routine makes food less appealing. In their study, women who exercised for 45 minutes in the morning were less fired up about pictures of food than those who skipped a workout and ate the same amount of food as those who missed the workout throughout the day.

You’ll be more focused

In the same study, researchers found that a morning workout kept people more active throughout the day. It will also keep your focus for those all-day meetings at the office.

It will help your sleep patterns

Working out in the evening will make you more hyped up due to the endorphins released during exercise. Endorphins are natural chemicals that act like morphine. However, you also get a burst of happy hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin, along with a shot of adrenaline when you exercise, giving you a boost of energy. That can make it harder to fall asleep at bedtime. The National Sleep Foundation found that a night workout boosts the body’s temperature and stimulates the adrenal glands. If you work out in the evening, that might be what’s hindering your sleep patterns.

It will help you create a routine

Health Psychology found in a study that people that exercise regularly make it a regular routine. In its report, Health Psychology suggests that mornings allow a routine to develop more quickly because it’s less likely to get derailed for a date night, happy hour with friends, or a work emergency. A routine also helps maximize the benefits of regular exercise.

I understand morning workouts aren’t always as appealing as getting that extra hour of sleep, and I’m not even good at getting to them like I used to be. When I started practicing yoga, I couldn’t believe the number of people that showed up at 6:30 a.m. and always thought, “how do they do this?” Once I started taking morning classes, I understood a lot better.

If you’re not accustomed to morning workouts, it can be challenging to get into that routine. I encourage you to give it a try and notice the difference. Morning workouts are excellent for getting time for yourself, preparing for the day ahead, and getting on a routine. Let me know how it goes.