How to Rise and Shine for a Morning Workout

Get Up and Out: Why Exercise in the Morning?

You may wonder: Why exercise in the morning when the gym is open in the evening? A pre-breakfast workout not only provides some surprising health benefits, it also can help you improve productivity. Here are four reasons why a morning sweat sesh helps to kick start your day.

  1. Boost Your Metabolism: Working out in the morning helps to raise your metabolism, which in turn, allows you to burn more calories throughout the rest of the day.
  2. Take Advantage of Elevated Hormone Levels: After exercising, endorphins increase an hour after your workout and can positively impact your mood. 
  3. Increase Focus and Productivity: One benefit of a morning workout is that it can help to protect your memory and increase your focus. So when you’re ready to tackle your next challenge at work or school, the increased focus that comes after a workout will boost your productivity.
  4. Create Accountability: Your schedule determines the best time for exercise. When choosing between a morning workout vs. an evening workout, you may want to consider to hit the ground running when you get up. A busy day may keep you from skipping an evening exercise session because distractions and obstacles throughout the day can knock you off your stride. Hitting the gym or going for a run first thing in the morning means there’s less in your way— and you get to start your day with a sense of accomplishment. 

2 Tips to Help Drive a Successful Early Morning Workout 

If you’re looking to make your early morning workout successful, and actually stick with it, consider these tips.

  1. Find a Workout Buddy: Having a partner is motivating and helps to hold you accountable. It’s easier to push through a tough workout consistently when someone else can help you eliminate excuses to not exercise.
  2. Don’t Work Out at Home: Working out at home can lead to couch time, not a power hour. Once you’re out the door, you’re out of excuses.

5 Ways to Find Your Morning Workout Motivation 

Getting to the gym is the hardest part. So, here are a few tips to make the process of actually getting there a little easier.

  1. Sleep in your (clean) workout clothes or lay them out next to your bed.
  2. Set two alarms – and keep them away from your bed.
  3. Get out of bed immediately after your alarm sounds — don’t press that snooze button.
  4. Prepare both your gym bag and lunch the night before.
  5. Create an inspiring and motivating workout playlist.

Why a Morning Exercise Class Can Be a Great Fit

There are many ways to work out in the morning, and ultimately it’s up to you to decide what kind of exercise program is most suited for your fitness goals. However, if you’re searching for your morning workout motivation and are determined to stick to it, consider signing up for classes. Exercising with a group gives you an appointment to keep — not go back to sleep, with a set time and place, and an instructor to push and motivate you even when you feel like giving up. 

What to Eat After a Morning Workout

Post-workout nutrition is important to help refuel your body and keep your energy levels up after a tough workout. Here are our top picks for a post-workout breakfast and snacks:

  1. Lowfat chocolate milk: In addition to carbohydrates and a good source of post-workout protein, it also helps build lean muscle and replenishes the fluids and electrolytes lost in sweat.
  2. Banana and peanut butter: This is a filling snack to recover after a tough workout and bonus, a banana can help prevent muscle cramping.
  3. Avocado and egg on toast: The carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein in this after-workout meal option will help to keep you energized long after your workout.