“Oh what a Beautiful Morning!” – 6 reasons you should wake up to exercise.
We’ve all heard “talk” (research, articles, word- of- mouth, chatter …..) about how it might possibly be better for us if we complete our exercise regime in the early mornings, compared to any other times of the day.
I am also quite aware that the time of day that we choose to exercise, corresponds with the time of day we have available to exercise- that’s why most opt for doing a Pilates class in the early evening – but, I’m hoping that I can give you a few compelling reasons to WAKE UP A LITTLE EARLIER and try exercising first thing (all forms btw, not just Pilates- but mostly Pilates;-), rather than save exercising for later in your day.
1. Your hormones will be working to your advantage
Hormone levels (i.e., cortisol, testosterone, progesterone, oestrogen, DHEA, thyroid hormones etc ) are naturally higher/elevated in the morning. By exercising in the morning, you’re taking advantage of these naturally circulating hormones as they’re peaking, rather than later in the day when they’re lower.
2. It leaves you time for other pursuits in the evening
Once done, it’s done! Clearly there’s a trade-off between the amount of time you spend exercising and the amount of time you can spend doing other activities. Think of the benefits of slicing off a small segment of the day first thing to exercise. The alternative is rushing to a class in the evening, after the inevitable fight through rush hour. That fight could come after a stressful day at work, then, after getting home to bath or shower, and only then being able to allocate whatever’s left of the evening for you and/or for your family.
3. You will be more focussed for longer throughout the day
A bout of exercise increases your focus for the next activity, because your body is aroused. What follows a morning workout? For most people, it’s work (the office or school). Another advantage of working out in the morning is that you’re more alert earlier in the day, and combined with your smug (“I’ve worked out already and it’s only 9am”) brekkie, tea or coffee, you’ll supplement your early morning spike and boost your focus, energy, strength, and endurance throughout those later hours of the day.
4. You’ll be less likely to let distractions get in the way
It may take a cup of coffee to get your morning going, but once you’re up, there are few distractions on your way to your Pilates Class. Later in the day, any number of distractions can sabotage your workout: low motivation, fatigue, the team is going out for a drink after work, a sick relative, an overdue report. If you’ve already completed your exercise for the day, you can navigate whatever comes up later in the evening, without feeling bad that you missed yet another session. You’re far more likely to be consistent with your training if you get it done early in the day rather than waiting for later on.
5. You’ll boost your metabolic rate
Exercise boosts your metabolic rate. The degree depends on your current fitness level and the kind of activity you choose. All other things being equal, working out in the morning will help to boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories for the rest of the day. This phenomenon is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. To give you the greatest post-workout metabolic kick, the Morning Routines are being formulated with extra cardio activities and also, resistance training with multi-joint exercises (more on these in a later blog post).
6. Improved mood
You’re probably familiar with the concept that some exercises release endorphins (feel-good hormones). These are increased following exercise of sufficient intensity and duration. Imagine sitting down at your desk, knowing that you don’t have to do hours and hours of cardio this evening to feel good about yourself. Why? Because you’ve just completed your workout for the day! Nothing feels better than having a good workout under your belt, especially if you’re prone to blowing them off at night. There’s no better way to get your day started. You can boost your mood and sense of accomplishment by just be setting your alarm clock for a little earlier.
“Oh what a Beautiful Morning!”
So for us all, it’s tough to get up in the morning, let alone to try to complete a good varied progressive Pilates class. Soon enough though, with consistency you should see your performance skyrocket and you’ll have a slew of good reasons that justify setting that alarm just a little bit earlier.