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Morning Exercise Benefits

We have mentioned many times about the importance of consistent exercise. However, most of us just exercise whenever we want and do not have a set routine. But for results to show, it is best to be consistent. So is it better to work out in the morning or the evening?

Well in this first part, I would like to discuss the pros and cons of working out in the morning.

Positives:

  • Working out in the morning can give your day a kick start. Most of us are a bit slow in the morning. However, if we exercise first thing when we wake up, it’s a natural way to boost metabolism. It can be even more effective than coffee and it will provide you long-lasting energy for the rest of the day.
  • You are more concentrated during the workout. When we exercise the first thing in the morning, we have no thoughts in our minds. Additionally, most people may not even be up by then so it is less likely that you will have distractions going on. This could be emails that you need to reply, text messages, and phone calls. You will be more in the zone as many people are still asleep at that time during the day
  • Morning workouts have been shown to improve the quality of your sleep. This is because your body will have had the whole day to settle down from the adrenaline and the endorphins. Additionally, it’ll help the body to release melatonin (a hormone that helps the sleep cycle) earlier in the evening. Thus it will allow you to go to bed early and wake up early.
  • It burns more body fat than working out in the evening. This is because you are working out on an empty stomach. Our muscles need fuel for them to function. If we don’t have food in our stomachs, our bodies will feed off what we have stored first. That first fuel source is fat.

Negatives:

  • Increase the likelihood of injury. In the morning, your muscles and ligaments are at their stiffest point. This is because while you were asleep, everything in your body would have been still for at least 6 hours. The best way to counter this is to do a thorough warm-up before you start your workout. This way, your muscles will be able to function at its best.
  • You might be able to perform as well as you would like. Again this relates to the point above being that your body is still in a rested state and joints aren’t functioning properly. Research has shown that the optimal muscle output is during the evening or late afternoon. This is because your body has had the entire day to acclimatize to proper tension and movement. Again, to counter this problem, do a very good workout to get everything functioning as well as it can in the morning.
  • Burnout may happen if we push ourselves way too hard. This is because the body is functioning at a high intensity on an empty stomach. I know it can be more effective at burning fat but pushing it over the line may be harmful. Your body may not be able to take it. So the best way to counter it is to work out at 80% rather than 100%. This way, your body will avoid burnout but it is still effective.

This blog talked about the positives of doing an early workout. There are many great things about it such as more energy throughout the day, fewer distractions, improved sleeping quality, and more effective in fat burning. However, if we don’t warm up properly working out in the morning can lead to more injuries and a decreased performance during the workout. Additionally, it may even cause fatigue and burnout if pushed too far. The next blog will be about the benefits of working out in the evening. Hopefully, by then you’ll find the most suitable time for you to do your exercise.

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