Wake Up and Work Out
We all know at least one of those fitness monsters. You know those people who are up at the crack of dawn pumping the weights and pounding out the miles. To the rest of us, this kind of person can come off as being more like a machine than a living, breathing human being. It’s hard to get up early when you’re not going to be exercising, so the thought of willfully dragging yourself out of bed at some ungodly hour to work out can be a good incentive to sleep in even longer than you normally would.
So, how is it that so many healthy people get up so early, and why are they doing it?
There are multiple benefits to making a morning workout part of your regular routine. One major benefit is that it gets easier to wake up and work out in the morning, and that it prepares you for the whole day ahead of you. The more consistent you are about morning exercise, the more positively your body will respond in kind.
You might not believe me, but…
It’s Worth It. Here’s Why.
Rigorous activity during the early hours of the day will kickstart your metabolism and keep you going like the Energizer Bunny. It also improves mental acuity. As a result, your productivity and the quality of your work could drastically improve throughout the day.
People who really commit to this and stay consistent experience a general boost in energy levels. Having any kind of routine gives the body time to adjust to physical changes, and can increase general comfort. Making your morning exercise a part of your regular routine keeps your sleep cycle at a healthy and consistent rhythm. This will also increase the quality of the sleep that you’re already getting. And higher quality of sleep will mean that you need to sleep less to feel well rested.
You see how staying consistent and getting your body through the adjustment period can be a major benefit?
If you’re worried about consistency, maybe you shouldn’t be. Research shows that early risers have a better chance of sticking to their routines and actually hitting the gyms. Planning on exercising later in the day grants more opportunity for you to get distracted or forced to change your plans. Just get it out of the way early and this won’t be an issue.
Of couse, there’s also the benefit of less traffic in the gyms during morning hours. If you’re the type who likes to get in, get it done and do it right without other people getting in your way, this should be a serious factor for you. Morning gym traffic tends to be more laid back, because fewer people are willing to make the commitment to get up early that you would be making.
Getting started can be the hardest part. It’s sort of like plunging into cold water. It takes time to adjust. But once you’ve developed a routine, it really does get easier. With a healthier lifestyle in play, you’ll find yourself both looking and feeling better.