When is the best time to work out? Healthy living expert Chalene Johnson gives her take.
Have you ever wondered what the best time to work out is? Or if the time that you work out affects your results? While a late workout is better than no workout, I’m a firm believer that not only does the early bird catch the worm, but the early bird is a fit worm, too. There are so many benefits to getting your exercise in first thing. And if you set a weight loss goal this year, committing to morning workouts will greatly increase your chances of reaching it. Here are five reasons why:
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1. Workout consistency. You might not have the most energy when you first wake up, but you’re more likely to get your workouts in if you do them first thing in the morning. There are less distractions, interruptions and things that could keep you from exercising when everyone else is still in bed. If you wait until after work, or when you can fit it in, let’s be honest, you probably won’t. Don’t leave your workouts up to chance! It might be difficult to wake up an hour earlier at first, but trust me, when you’re finished with your workout, you’ll be so glad you did!
2. Increased energy. An early morning workout jumpstarts your energy and metabolism. It sets the tone for the rest of the day by igniting your metabolism and helping you burn more calories at rest. Plus, you will be more alert and productive. So not only will your body benefit, but so will your mind.
3. Better sleep. Exercising bright and early gets your body into a routine. Consistently expending energy early in the day helps you fall asleep faster at night. On top of this, studies show that those who get efficient sleep (7-8 hours per night) lose weight faster and are more successful in keeping it off.
4. Better results. Think about it. If you’re working out consistently, igniting your metabolism, burning more calories at rest and you’re getting more/better sleep, you’re bound to see results! Plus, if you exercise early, you’re likely to be more conscious of your food choices throughout the day. Why undo all the hard work you put in with a crappy diet later on?
5. Improved weight loss maintenance. Again, the key here is consistency and setting the tone for your day. When you get into the routine of waking up and working out first thing, a healthier lifestyle becomes a habit. And health habits equal long lasting results! So set that alarm, wake up, and work out, because morning is the best time to workout!