Why Working Out in The Morning Will Help You Crush Your Health and Fitness Goals

At this point, we know that health and fitness are of the utmost importance to living a good and happy life. But many people, especially those of us who are not morning people wonder if working out in the morning really is better for you. Now of course working out any time of day is better than not working out. But if you can help it, working out in the morning has substantial benefits to your health and fitness goals. In this blog, we will go over the benefits of working out first thing in the morning, from and increase energy to weight loss and appetite control.


Working Out First Thing Gives You Increased Energy Throughout The Day

This may seem counter-intuitive but working out in the morning actually leads to your body having more energy throughout the day. Some of us may think that energy is finite, like a bucket of water that you only have so much of, but in reality, it’s quite the opposite. Working out in the morning leads to boosted energy and less afternoon fatigue. This is because when you exercise oxygen travels to the heart and lungs, which leads to a strong cardiovascular system. The stronger your cardiovascular system is the more stamina you have to make it through your day. Working out regularly in the morning also helps to improve your endurance, which allows you to expend more energy when you need it. So don’t fear spending all your energy in the gym at 6 am, we promise, your body will thank you by making more and it will help you stave off the dreading afternoon slump.


You’ll Have Better Brain Function

Working out, regardless of when you do it, is known to improve focus and heighten concentration. But working out first thing in the morning has been proven to increase your brain’s function throughout the day. Everything from visual learning, decision-making, and improved ability to pay attention is positively impacted when you exercise in the morning. Your brain’s cognitive function increases because it’s getting a big hit of oxygen right when it wakes up, signaling it to be alert and ready for action. Basically, what we’re saying is, not only will you get swole physically but also mentally.


It Will Help You Lose Weight- if that’s your goal

There are a couple of things at play when you work out after you wake up. Firstly, it works as an appetite regulator, meaning that you’ll feel hungry less throughout the day. This happens because your body reduces the amount of a hormone in your body called ghrelin, which is called the hunger hormone. Some studies show that we may respond better to food cues if we work out in AM. This is particularly important for the people who have a really tough time not pulling their car over at a fast-food restaurant every time they see a picture of a burger. We’re not saying it’s you, but some people… Working out in the morning has also been shown to jump-start your metabolism for the day and burn more calories even after you’ve finished your gym session. AM workouts create the highest possible 24-hour fat burn cycle, more so than with those who work out in the afternoon or evening. So if you’ve been working out every afternoon, but aren’t seeing the results you so rightly deserve, you may want to switch up your routine and try to exercise before breakfast.


You Build More Muscle In the morning

No seriously, the peak time to build muscle is the first thing in the morning because that’s when your body’s testosterone levels are at their peak. The more testosterone you have in your body, the easier muscles are built. AM workout helps our bodies to efficiently build muscle, which is many people’s main health and fitness goal. Even if you’re just doing a home workout with your own gym equipment, the benefits of morning workouts are undeniable.


If you’re one of the many women who are under the impression that building muscle will make you look beefy and or masculine, think again! Building strong muscle allows your body to burn fat, and most women don’t have the genetic makeup and low body fat percentage that would allow for you to look anything but fit and toned.


It Relieves Anxiety and Depression

Fitness goals are all well and good, but if you don’t have mental strength and wellness, it won’t matter how many miles you can run or how many pounds you can dead-lift. If you’re struggling with mental illness of any kind, it may be hard to even get yourself to the gym. But studies show that if you work out after you wake up, you get a big burst of dopamine, and serotonin, the pleasure and well-being hormones respectively. You can also feel what people describe as the “runners high” also known as the endogenous cannabinoids. Working out, even if all you can muster that day is a 45-minute walk, will help your brain chemistry level itself out. It also can give you a sense of accomplishment and allow you to step away from your stressors for an hour, which can be similar to a meditative state.


Although we’d all love to sleep in until noon, eat nothing but chips, and binge-watch Netflix, these simply aren’t the things that will get us to achieve our health and fitness goals. Whether you’re new to working out, or a veteran of the lifestyle, working out before breakfast is going to help you live your best, happiest and healthiest life. If your goal is to burn fat and build muscle, get up and hit the gym first thing. If you’re just trying to stave off brain fog and the dreaded 3 pm munchies, even a light AM workout might just do the trick.


Regardless of what you’re after, when you wake up, splash some water on that face of yours and go Hustle For That Muscle. You’re worth it!

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