I remember back when I was a personal trainer at an Equinox Fitness gym and in the beginning of my career there I would train in the mornings and go home. I would eat and relax and then go back to the gym and train in the evenings. This got very tired very quickly. One obvious reason is I had to split my day which I didn’t care for and go back to work, also I found that I had a lot more inconsistency in the evenings, my clients would get held up at work, get stuck in traffic, kids babysitter bailed, dog str there homework, etc. there were a multitude if things that interfered with their training in the evenings.
So I decided to convert all of them to the mornings. The transition was a bit difficult for a few, but they were all able to adjust. Each of my clients achieved and then exceeded their goals and because of their progress continued to train with me.
Below are several reasons why training in the mornings are more effective then other times of the day.
So why mornings?…
1. Over 90% of people who exercise *consistently*, exercise in the morning. If you want to exercise consistently, odds are in your favor if you exercise first thing in the morning.
2. When you exercise early in the morning, it “boosts” your metabolism and keeps it elevated for hours, sometimes up to 24 hours! That means you’re burning more calories all day long just because you exercised in the morning!
3. When you exercise in the morning you’ll be *energized* for the day! Personally, I feel dramatically different on days when I have and haven’t exercised in the morning.
4. Many people find that morning exercise helps to regulate their appetite for the day – that they aren’t as hungry and that they make better food choices. Several people have told me that it puts them in a “healthy mindset.”
5. If you exercise at about the same time every morning, and ideally wake-up at about the same time on a regular basis, your body’s endocrine system and circadian rhythms adjust to that. Physiologically, some wonderful things begin to happen; A couple of hours before you awaken, your body begins to prepare for waking and exercise because it “knows” it’s about to happen. Why? Because it “knows” you do the same thing just about everyday. You benefit from that in several ways..
a) It’s MUCH easier to wake-up. When you wake-up at different times everyday, it confuses your body and thus it’s never really prepared to awaken.
b) Your metabolism and all the hormones involved in activity and exercise begin to elevate while you’re sleeping. Thus, you feel more
alert, energized, and ready to exercise when you do wake-up.
c) Hormones prepare your body for exercise by regulating blood pressure, heart rate, blood flow to muscles, etc.
6. For many people, that appointed time every morning becomes something they look forward to. It’s time they’ve set aside to do something good for themselves – to take care of their body, mind, and soul. Many find that it’s a great time to think clearly, pray, plan their day, or just relax mentally.
7. Research has demonstrated that exercise increases mental acuity. On average it lasts four to ten hours after exercise! No sense in wasting that brain power while you’re sleeping. 🙂
8. Exercise first thing in the morning is really the only way to assure that something else won’t crowd exercise out of your schedule. When your days get hectic, exercise usually takes a back seat! (What trainers despise)
9. If finding time to exercise is difficult, anyone can get up 30 to 60 minutes earlier to exercise (if it’s a priority in your life). If necessary, you can go to sleep a little earlier. Also, research has demonstrated that people who exercise on a regular basis have a higher quality of sleep and thus require less sleep!
10. You’ll feel GREAT! DO IT! 🙂
copyright 2004 by Greg Landry, M.S.
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