Early Morning Exercise
Studies have shown that early morning exercise can give you a 50% boost your feelings of wellbeing, compared to a 20% boost for those who exercise in the evenings, exercise can boost your mood for hours afterwards, meaning that activity first thing in the morning will release good hormones for the day ahead, boosting your mood, metabolism and energy levels. The same study also revealed that these early workouts led to a bigger reduction in artery clogging blood fats. More research has shown that by not eating carbs until after they had exercised rather than before a meal, men burned 8% more fat and women 22% more.
It also seems like the morning is the optimal exercise time if you’re looking to lose a few pounds as an early trip to the gym has been shown to result in fewer food cravings throughout the day, and working out in the morning means that your body will burn calories faster and more efficiently throughout the day. Combine that with nutritional foods and you have the perfect workout, speak to your personal trainer who can tailor a program of exercise and diet just for you.
Exercise has been proven to increase mental focus and acuity for up to ten whole hours post-workout. So if you do your exercise after work, you’re not taking full advantage of those ten hours, since you’re likely sleeping for most of them. An early bird workout means that both your brain and your body are in good shape all day.
Exercising in the morning can help you sleep better than if you work out later in the evening, since you’re not getting that extra energy boost as you’re trying to settle in for the night. When you exercise at about the same time every morning, especially if you wake up regularly at about the same time, you are regulating your body’s endocrine system and circadian rhythms. Your body learns that you do the same thing just about every day, and it begins to prepare for waking and exercise several hours before you actually open your eyes. Scientifically it makes sense that our body is more efficient after a good rest, and as most people get their largest dose of rest and recovery at night, the morning is a time when your body is firing on all cylinders.
So are you a morning lark or a night owl? Scientists do believe that we can override our inner body clock and shift our daily routines to include some early morning exercise and set ourselves up for the day ahead. But it is also said you need to allow time to adapt to a new regime much in the same way that our bodies cope with jet lag, training our bodies to shift to a new pattern.
It is wise to choose the kind of exercise that works in tandem with your body clock, in that way it will be a more enjoyable experience. Perhaps exercise that requires accuracy such as swimming, walking, jogging, yoga may be best done very early and workouts that require strength and speed, hard running, weight training, cycling may be best done later in the day.