There are sixteen weeks until Summer.
Sixteen. Which is fun to think about. But if you aren’t as excited about getting in your summer clothes, just think- if you get serious and begin eating healthier and exercising today, you could release one pound a week from your frame. Begin today and you will be 16 pounds lighter in the summer sun.
There are countless ways you can be healthier, in this article we are going to focus on exercising. More specifically, the benefits of exercising in the morning.
Olympic swimmer and mother of two, Dana Vollmer, loves exercising in the morning, “I obviously exercise for sport, but it also energizes me for the rest of my day,” Vollmer says, “It takes time to make it a habit but it can really change your life once you start doing it.”
Benefits of exercising in the morning:
- Morning exercise becomes a habit. Before I co-owned a small health club for four years, I had worked at six different gyms. And even though all these fitness centers were different with varying clientele, the same theme rang true: the regulars who rarely (if ever) missed a workout were always the early birds. They were the ones in the parking lot waiting for me to open the gym doors, and they were unstoppable. Unfortunately, the attendance at my night classes was a different story. “Billy had a ball game,” or “I couldn’t get out of work,” or “I ended up meeting up with co-workers for a drink.” Of course you don’t want to miss your son’s ball game, so one way to be fully present at the game is by scheduling your workout first thing in the morning.
- Jumpstart your metabolism. “Exercise in the morning helps to get your metabolism going, burning more calories throughout the day,” says David Geier, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Charleston, SC. Getting a sweat session in first thing in the morning will inspire you to keep moving throughout the rest of your day. Bringham Young University researchers found that people who work out in the morning end up being more active in general.
- You’ll burn more fat. A 2013 British Journal of Nutrition study found exercising on an empty stomach can burn as much as 20 percent more fat than when a meal is eaten first.
- Sleep better at night. The National Sleep Foundation says working out in the morning leads to deeper, longer and higher-quality sleep when you hit the pillow.
- Boost your physical and mental energy. “The benefits of exercising in the morning include feeling accomplished and good about yourself because you were actually able to make this happen,” says Yvonne Thomas, PhD, a Los Angeles–based psychologist who specializes in self-esteem. “Other benefits of exercising in the morning are that you can be more dynamic—physically, cognitively, and emotionally.” Thomas notes that by starting the day with exercise, you’re more focused and balanced. “Exercising in the beginning of the day can help decrease some negative feelings and thoughts that can get in your way as the day goes on, making you feel less depressed, anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, sad, or angry.”
Regardless of the time of day, the real victory is just getting a workout done- day or night. The Surgeon General recommends 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week for heart health. Remember- sixteen weeks before summer. You got this.