Working out is an essential part of maintaining your overall well-being. In addition to improving your cardiovascular health and achieving a healthy weight, regular exercise can also positively affect your mental health.
While it’s healthy to find time for physical activity at any point throughout the day, there are a variety of potential benefits related to scheduling your workouts in the morning, such as:
- Fewer distractions—While exercising in the morning, you may be less likely to be interrupted or distracted by phone calls, text messages or emails. By planning your workouts for the morning, other obligations such as work or social events likely won’t interfere.
- More fat burned—For those working out with the goal of losing weight, doing so in the morning may help. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that working out before breakfast can burn up to 20 per cent more fat compared to doing so in the afternoon or evening.
- Improved alertness—Working out in the morning can release hormones, such as cortisol, which helps make you feel awake and alert for the rest of the day.
- Increased energy—Exercising regularly can boost your energy and help fight off fatigue. By working out early or first thing in the morning, you may be able to maximise the resulting energy increase.
- Better moods—Physical activity can be a great way to manage or reduce stress. Exercise releases endorphins and morning workouts can help you feel a sense of accomplishment for the rest of the day.
- Improved sleep—Exercising in the morning may help some people maintain a healthy sleep schedule. Working out in the evenings may make it comparatively more difficult to sleep due to increased heart rate and core temperature.
Although working out in the morning may have certain benefits, it’s important to consider what will work best for your schedule and lifestyle. Regardless of when you work out, finding time to regularly exercise is something to be proud of.
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