Author: Raza Imam
Most Americans are sleep (and nutrient) deprived… it’s just a part of the daily hustle and bustle of daily life. We work long days and usually spend time “unwinding” after work, which typically involves watching television and eating junk food. Every now and then we get the urge to start a new diet, join the gym, compare the top workout routines, or buy that latest workout DVD promising us six-pack abs in a few short weeks, but the initial motivation doesn’t last. As if that weren’t bad enough, those of us that do stick to a workout plan are still bogged down by the pressure and stress of daily life.
For that very reason, it’s so important to give yourself any edge you can. One simple thing you can do to get your life and your health on track is to set the alarm clock a little earlier and simply workout in the morning after you wake up. The reason is that after you wake up, your body produces large amounts of hormones which induce alertness and euphoria. These hormones make you feel energetic and focused, allowing you to concentrate on being productive throughout the day. In fact, the morning is such a beneficial time, many Montessori schools use that time to teach kids because they will retain the information easier. So if you still need convincing to wake up earlier in the morning, here are the five best reasons to workout in the morning:
1). Fat Killer: Morning activity is a proven fat killer. Scientists and Harvard University found that the carbohydrate reserves in muscles are nearly empty in the morning, causing the body to take the necessary fuel from stored fat reserves. So basically, your body is in mini-starvation mode and quickly searches for fat to fuel itself.
2). You Have More Time: This isn’t rocket science, but mornings are typically when people have more time to themselves. The kids are still asleep, no one is calling you, no urgent meetings or sudden commitments. You typically can make less excuses also like “Oh no, I forgot my gym bag” or “uh oh, I gotta go to a meeting”.
3). Burn Fat All Day: People who workout in the morning typically burn fat throughout the day without any additional effort. Even a short workout in the morning will boost your metabolism and circulation, burning unwanted fat. In as little as a minute, you can burn 21 calories and by the time you get to work, you’ll have already burned up 25 percent more calories than if you didn’t workout in the morning.
4). The Right Attitude: Everyone knows that exercise makes you feel better. Your body produces “feel good” hormones when you workout which relieve stress and make you feel more confident. The serotonin and ACTH hormones help you be more productive, make better decisions, and more creative throughout the day. If you work in a high stress field, working out in the morning is absolutely necessary.
5). You Stay Consistent: Researchers have shown that 75 percent of women who exercise in the morning stick to the plan, compared to only 25 percent of people who workout in the evenings.