You can ask Dan – I am NOTORIOUS for telling him I’m going to set my alarm for 4:30 AM to meet him at the gym by 5 AM and then waking up the next morning to just send him a text saying “I’m going back to sleep… I’ll just go later” or “I didn’t sleep well last night.. I’m not coming.” I’m trying to become a before-work gym go-er – I REALLY AM – I swear. But those 2 extra hours that stand between me and a 4:30 AM wake up call and a 6:30 AM wake up call sometimes are just too sweet to pass up. After all, the benefits of an early workout are endless. What are they?… Well, I’m glad you asked:
An Endless Supply of Gym Equipment at your Finger Tips
The math is simple. Gym at 5 AM = 10-15 people TOPS. Gym at 6 PM = 40-60 people MINIMUM. And what does that all mean for you? The pick of the litter when it comes to machines, free weights, you name it!! The gym is your oyster! No one giving you dirty looks because you have the weight they want to use. No one asking “How many sets do you have left??” The gym is LITERALLY your personal home gym in the morning.
Your hormones are RAGING
Many hormone levels are cyclical, while some cycles run every 4 weeks (Ladies – you know what I’m talking about), others run every 24 hours. That happens to be the case with testosterone production. The reason why testosterone levels are higher in the morning is that the body replenishes testosteronein (the same way it does growth hormone) during sleep. This is the period of rejuvenation that the brain and many glands and organs go through each night. Upon waking up, testosterone levels are at their peak. By exercising in the morning, you’re taking advantage of these naturally circulating hormones which lead you to feel energized, focused, motivated, competitive, and confident.
Check that Off the List!!
It may take a little more to get going in the morning, but once you do – that’s it! You’re done! Check!! One less thing to worry about having to do later. And one less thing to get side tracked on something else and end up skipping. You’ll be more consistent by getting it out of the way earlier so if something pops up later you won’t feel bad you don’t end up going.
Give that Metabolism a Boost!
You’ve heard us talk about it before: Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). What is it? Basically, it means that your body burns more calories AFTER your workout, regardless of what you’re doing – even when you’re sitting at your desk. In one study, participants who cycled vigorously for 45 minutes burned roughly 190 calories more in the 14 hours after exercise than on days when they didn’t work out at all. So.. Get up! Get moving! And give your metabolism a boost to help you burn more calories all day long!!
Have a Happy Day :o)
You’re probably already familiar with the fact that working out releases endorphins – and endorphins are the happy hormones. Soooooooo… what more is there to say?? Workout. Be Happy.
Engaging morning workouts can act as an all-natural cup of coffee. Exercise wakes your body up, which in turn makes you more focused for your next activity. AND What’s your next activity after an early morning workout? Most likely work or school. Therefore, you’ll be more alert and focused when it comes to what you have to do next.
More Free Time (In the Evening.. To do other Things)
Planning on going out to dinner with friends? Not a problem. Was really hoping to clean the house? Sure go ahead. Binge watch session on Netflix? Binge away. Want to spend more time with the family? You now have all the time. I think you pick up what I’m putting down here. If you get the gym out of the way BEFORE work, you now have plenty of time AFTER work for other things you want to do! Potentially even more FUN things!
Self Discipline, Commitment, and Healthy Choices
Waking up early requires a certain kind of discipline (a discipline I am obviously still trying to develop). But just like with any other discipline, the more you do it, the easier it gets. Plus once you instill a certain type of discipline in one aspect of your life it’s often likely to spill over into other areas of your life. After all, if you’re going to such lengths to start the day off on the right foot and wake up early and exercise each morning, maybe you’ll be more likely to start eating healthier to go along with all your hard work.
P.S. After I wrote this post I actually got my butt up early and in the gym before work ;o) TWICE #RiseAndGrind