6AM workouts what?!?!?! Seems crazy to some I know, believe me, I am not a morning person either! If I had my way I would probably sleep in until 9am every day. But there are some real true benefits and for many 6 or 7am is the only opportunity they will have to sweat in their day!
Here are 8 reasons why you should embrace the art of the morning sweat:
- Exercising early in the morning kick starts your metabolism and helps keep it elevated all day! Boom, you not only worked out but you will likely burn more calories for the rest of the day because of it.
- Getting it done in the morning energizes you for your day. Plus you can start your day with that sense of accomplishment and self satisfaction of having completed your workout.
- Studies have shown that exercise significantly increases mental acuity and this benefit lasts for 4-10 hours after (your boss should probably pay for your membership to Well.Fit). Seems like a no brainer, jumpstart your body AND brain and you will likely be more effective for the rest of the day.
- When you exercise regularly you tend to get better sleep, so getting up early will feel easier. Here are two tips for making a wake up routine change; start by getting up 10, then 20, then 30 minutes earlier and eventually you should be able to get up an hour earlier with less shock. Also I highly highly recommend NOT SNOOZING. From one non-morning person to another; getting up early is like ripping the bandaid off, just do it! I find that if I get right out of bed and get right in the shower it's way less painful.
- When you exercise at about the same time every morning—especially if you wake up regularly around the same time—you help regulate your endocrine system and circadian rhythms. Your body learns that you do the same thing just about every day, and it begins to prepare for waking and exercise several hours before you actually open your eyes. And here's the benefit in that:
- As your body regulates it will no longer “confused” by ever changing wake-up times, as this change happens you'll find you wake with more ease. (You may even find that you don’t need an alarm clock most days.)
- Hormones prepare your body for exercise by regulating blood pressure, heart rate, blood flow to muscles, etc.
- Your metabolism, along with all the hormones involved in activity and exercise, begin to elevate while you're sleeping. As a result, you’ll feel more alert, energized, and ready to exercise when you do wake up.
- Many people find that morning exercise has a tendency to regulate their appetite for the rest of the day. Not only do they eat less (since activity causes the release of endorphins, which in turn diminishes appetite), they also choose healthier portions of healthier foods.
- People who consistently exercise find, sometimes to their great surprise, that the appointed time every morning evolves into something they look forward to. Besides the satisfaction of taking care of yourself, you will find it’s a great time to plan your day, process thoughts and or emotions, or totally zone out—you can think of it as an important appointment with yourself.
- Exercising first thing in the morning is the most foolproof way to ensure that other things don’t overtake your fitness commitment, particularly if you have a hectic family + work life. (It’s easy to skip your workout in the evening when you're tired or faced with such tasks as getting dinner together, helping with homework and not to mention, if you've had a stressful day it's easy to go straight for the wine).
Check out our 6am (Mondays and Fridays) Cycle Classes with Marc Mullinax, he is a positive force who will not only push you to sweat but his high vibe will set a great tone for the rest of your day!!!
We also have 7am classes Monday-Thursday see schedule for details!!
Article adapted from: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=468