15 Oct Five Tips to Help You Start Working Out in The Morning
Hauling yourself out of bed to hit the gym or squeeze in a workout before work isn’t easy. Especially if you struggle to get a good night’s sleep or have a full calendar for the day ahead.
While the science behind the benefits of a morning vs evening workout are mixed, many people who commit to an early sweat sesh regularly share the many ways it’s changed their health, fitness and lifestyles for the better.
It’s said that morning workouts are great for your metabolism, set you up for healthier diet choices throughout the day and boost your energy and focus levels. On the less scientific side of things, you also get the benefit of getting your exercise out of the way and are less likely to skip the gym, something that’s easy to do in the evenings if you’ve had a long and tiresome day.
- Have your gym bag ready to go
There’s nothing like fumbling around in the early hours of the morning trying to get yourself together to deter you from wanting to get up and do it again the next day. Pack your bag with everything you need including a towel, water bottle, your work clothes and toiletries. If you prefer an at-home workout, the same thing applies. Lay out everything you’ll need to get up and go the night before so you can enjoy a seamless morning.
- Prep a healthy breakfast
Whether you eat before or after your morning workout is really up to personal preference because there’s science to support both ideas. One thing that is for sure though is that if you have a healthy and delicious breakfast waiting for you in the morning, you’ll feel more motivated to get up and get going.
- Do a workout you enjoy
I’ve learnt from experience that if you don’t love the workout you’re doing, you’re not going to commit to it long term. Whether it’s lifting weights, doing yoga, hitting up a boxing class or just going for a walk, anything that gets your body moving is great.
- Pay attention to your pre-sleep routine
It’s obvious that getting up earlier is made easier by getting a good night’s sleep and a lot of factors that affect sleep quality come down to your evening wind-down. For starters, try to avoid screens of an evening and swap Netflix for a new hobby such as reading, journaling, drawing or whatever. Sipping herbal tea has shown benefits of helping you rest and a quick google search turns up a myriad of simple breathing tricks and techniques to try.
- Use magnesium oil
Magnesium oil has many fans for its ability to soothe sore muscles and prevent pain. As a complete devotee, massaging it in to my muscles after a gym session and before bed has (almost) completely prevented any soreness. Although it’s not going to prevent all pain, it’s at least enough to prevent the kind of soreness that stops you from working out again the next morning.
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