5 Reasons Why You Should Be Working Out Early
If you know me, you know that I love working out early in the morning. Many people are put off by having to get up early and I get it. I love my beauty sleep like everyone else. However, the pros you should workout early, highly outweigh the cons of doing it. Let's go over why.
Reason 1: Working Out Early keeps you Disciplined
Discipline in relation to fitness is one of the key components of it. Without a disciplined lifestyle, you won't get the results you want and you won't be able to sustain nutrition or training habits.
I'm sure you heard people say when you first wake up, you should make your bed. The main reason being is to keep you disciplined. I'm all for that. In addition, why not take care of the task of working out too? Working out early will keep you disciplined and keep you in check. As well, you'll start to notice that a disciplined lifestyle carries over into other aspects of your life.
Reason 2: Working Out Early has No Distractions
If you go to the gym at night or afternoon, you may notice it's usually pretty packed. It's hard to get equipment and if you have a social circle in the gym, you're bound to socialize a bit more. Even if you have a home gym and workout at night, you'll probably get distracted by your family or other aspects of life like work or friends.
Working out in the morning has no distractions. Most likely, unless your job is very demanding no one from work is bothering you early in the morning with issues. Your family will most likely be asleep. Most of the world is asleep for that matter which means gyms will be emptier. You have the time to focus on yourself and nothing else but your training, and let me tell you, that's therapeutic in and of itself.
Reason 3: Working Out Early lessens your Burden throughout the day
Do you know how good it feels knowing that one of the biggest tasks you have has been completed? It's always an amazing feeling.
Now, something I personally believe is that health and fitness should be my main priority. So working out is one of the things I want to check off ASAP.
Once that workout is complete, guess what? You're done! That task has been completed and if it's one of your more prioritized tasks, you no longer have to worry about it. The rest of your tasks throughout the day become less stressful and you don't have to plan everything around your workout.
Reason 4: Working Out Early Gives you Freedom
Kind of piggybacking off the last statement I made, not having to plan your workout around everything is amazing. There was a point I use to work out in the afternoons for my lunch break. I would have to go at a time of work where things weren't crazy, rush to the gym, and rush my workout to get back to work. To put it lightly it wasn't convenient.
I tried working out at night, and I had more time at the gym but I was burnt out. Having to commute home to still make dinner was a pain. If there was something going on at night with friends, I couldn't do it either.
Working out early eliminates all of those problems though. Your normal day today will be normal day to day without the stress of still needing to workout. It will free up time throughout your day to do more and probably maintain your social life a bit better.
Reason 5: Working Out Early can Provide Better Quality of Sleep
Studies have shown that working out early may help with your quality of sleep (1). I know plenty of people who suffer from not sleeping well, and I think working out, in general, helps with that.
However, working out early can help even more. From personal experience, when I workout early, I know by the time I'm going to bed I'm exhausted and can't wait to get sleep. It's imperative though that this isn't unhealthy exhaustion that when I wake up and feel like I needed to sleep more though.
Working out early has so many benefits. I believe I can go on and on about why it's so good and how it can benefit you.
If you haven't tried working out early though, give it a try for 2 weeks. I personally try working out at 5 am, so I'll be up at 4:30 am to get myself ready. For you, this may be getting up at 6:30 am and working out at 7 am, and that's fine. The pleasure you get out of it and the benefits of having your workout done and not having to think about it throughout the day will make you want to continue working out early permanently.
- Fairbrother K, Cartner B, Alley JR, et al. Effects of exercise timing on sleep architecture and nocturnal blood pressure in prehypertensives. Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2014;10:691-698. Published 2014 Dec 12. doi:10.2147/VHRM.S73688