When your alarm goes off in the morning, what is your first reaction? Do you want to hit the snooze button and catch a few more minutes of precious sleep, or are you able to get up immediately and hit the gym?
If you fall in the second category, well done! You’re already beginning your day in an awesome, healthy way. So keep it up!
However, if you’re one of those who would rather hit the snooze button rather than the gym, don’t worry – we totally understand why, and we’ve been in that position ourselves.
That’s why we’re here to tell you that it’s possible to silence the inner voice that tells you it’s too dark or early to get up and seize the day. All you have to do is remember why you set that alarm in the first place, then get up and go!
Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Reasons to Jumpstart Every Day with a Workout:
1) Because it keeps you more focused throughout the day
Working out first thing in the morning awakens not just your body, but also your mind and your senses. That means it heightens your overall focus; hence, increasing your productivity for your post-workout activity, which is usually work or school!
Apart from making you more productive, a morning workout would boost your energy level, and help you to think more clearly. As a result, you’ll be more organized, and are likely to make better choices throughout the day.
2) Because you’ll start the day on a good note
Exercising pumps up the production of endorphins, which leaves you feeling happier than you were before your workout. So you’ll start your day with good vibes, and this would set the tone for a great day ahead!
Morning workouts also give you some precious undisturbed alone time, so you can think about what you want to accomplish throughout the day – and then take action.
What’s more, it gives you time to clear your mind and leave your worries behind (for awhile, at least), hence reducing stress and anxiety.
3) Because it melts away more fat
If you’re trying to lose some weight, then you should make it a habit to work out first thing after waking up! Research has shown that you can burn up to 20% more fat when you exercise in the morning before eating breakfast.
Apart from that, you’ll boost your metabolic rate first thing in the morning if you choose to work out. Thanks to a process known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), your effort to wake up and grind will pay off, because it encourages your body to burn extra calories throughout the day.
4) Because it increases your creativity
Do you often feel uninspired in the morning? Well, you don’t always have to be. Try jumpstarting your day with an intense exercise session and see if you feel the difference.
Working out in the morning stimulates creativity, as reported in health.com. According to Keith Sawyer, associate professor in the Department of Education of Washington University in St. Louis, subconscious connections can surface because your mind gets immersed in the bodily experience when you engage in physical activity.
“If you take breaks… ideally spent in solitary activities, such as walking, running or biking – your mind frees up to cross-fertilize so that when you return to intellectual pursuits, you’re far better at connecting ideas that at first glance don’t seem to be obvious or even related,” he reveals.
5) Because you’ll feel ready to slay the rest of the day
You can’t control what’s going to happen during the day, but one thing’s for sure – you have the power to kick-start your day with a workout! And what better way is there to begin the day than feeling on top of the world?
“Conquering your first challenge (working out) at the beginning of the day helps you to start it on the right note”, shares ONE Superstar Benedict Ang. “By doing so, you’ll find that it’s easier to take on everything else that you have to do later in the day.”
Once you make it a habit to get up early to work out daily, you’ll finally believe that you have it in yourself to make a positive change in your life. Also, you’ll feel more in control of your life and this translates to increased confidence.
All of us at Evolve Daily believe that you’re capable of kick-starting your day with a bang – be it running, or attending a martial arts class first thing in the morning. So go on, rise and grind!