May 15, 2018


Benefits of early morning exercise

Over the past few weeks it’s nice to see the dark wintry mornings fall away and the brighter mornings creep in with the sun starting to peak its head through much earlier.

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Having a early morning routine to me is key and bringing some form of exercise into your morning has so many benefits.

For most,a 9 to 5 busy work schedule paired with family commitments and so on can be a fairly jam packed day and straight off the bat finding time to exercise first thing in the morning can be something most will rule out initially-Sure, we all don’t have lots of time first thing in the morning. However if it means something to you then you will make time for what’s important to you.

I was once a last job of the day evening workout person. A busy 9 to 5 job work schedule back in the day left me going along the routine of work, eat, exercise, sleep.However,with the change in career path my 9-5 day and going into the fitness industry almost 10 years ago has turned into most days starting at 5am working with clients.

For most gyms and personal trainers the morning sessions generally can be the busiest time of the day with members and clients coming through the doors. I feel that if you can squeeze some form of exercise into your morning routine then you’re off to a great start to the day.The toughest part is of course getting out of bed but once you’re out and moving it’s really not that bad at all.Generally most mornings I find a pocket of 30 minutes to work out between clients and must say I love working out in the morning and now find my energy and exercise motivation is always highest before 9am.

Below are my top benefits of early morning exercise

  • Boxes off your training for the day

Getting your session done early is great for those who have a busy day ahead.A lot of the time the last thing some people want to do upon leaving the office after a hard days work is then go to a busy gym.Getting your workout in first thing is going to dismiss the chances of excuses and obstacles to work around as the day goes on.As well as that your body is going to be far more energetic once you do moving after the first few minutes.Remember a lot of the time the biggest hurdle when starting your session at 6am is the getting out of bed part.The build up is the worst part and once you do get over that initial hurdle and get moving into that warm up you’re already over the hardest bit.

  • Starts day with a positive accomplishment 

There is no better feeling that starting the day with a win and this is exactly what an early morning workout will give to you. Completing a tough workout gives you that sense of achievement which can only improve your mood and mindset for the day ahead.Sure,the initial post workout feelings might be a tiring or sweaty one however its one with full of endorphins which can only help you both physically and mentally.Not only will you feel awake and have more energy after your workout, but your mind will be ready to take on whatever tasks you have lined up that day.

  • Brings in discipline and real focus

I don’t think anyone will argue with me when I say that waking up early in the morning to exercise requires some sort of discipline.Just like any habit, developing the discipline to get up and exercise only gets easier with time.I firmly believe that once you do keep the discipline it can only keep you on the consistent right track and focus towards your overall goal.As well as that keeping disciplined with your early morning exercise routine will surely carry over into the remainder of your day when it comes to making better and healthier choices such as eating better at lunch time etc or perhaps aiming to get enough sleep the night before.

  • Better daily function and body clock

Waking up early in the morning to exercise can help you sleep better at night. Your body will enjoy a healthy sense of fatigue at the end of the day and will be ready to sleep.For those who struggle to sleep at night and perhaps are training later in the day you should consider switching their sessions to the mornings.I have found after a evening session 1-2 hours before bed my body is far too awake and cant switch off fully or slow down before bed.

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David Last is a personal trainer based in Dublin. For more information you can follow him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Or you can send him a direct message here.

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