Advantages of Morning Workouts

16th December 2019
We've all wondered at some point, about the best time to exercise. In our post today, read about the advantages of exercising in the morning according to science.

It’s not always about when you want to work out; sometimes it depends more on when you can. Our study or work obligations don’t always give us the freedom to choose when to exercise. But, if we try to include morning workouts into our schedules, we can reap the following benefits.

The structure of a day

It’s true; sometimes we’ve no choice but to give in to our circumstances and improvise. If that’s the case, planning out your day to stay healthy physically and mentally is ideal. By organizing your time, you can keep your tasks aligned.

Everyone has different obligations and schedules. That being said, not everyone has the freedom to exercise when they please. Some people work 12 hours a day while others don’t have a fixed working schedule, which makes it even harder to organize daily life.

Why are morning workouts beneficial?

Let’s look at what science has to say about morning workouts. You won’t believe how much exercising right after you wake up can help you reach all of your daily goals.

Increases calorie-burn

The first advantage is a double-edged sword. If you exercise on an empty stomach, you can multiply your fat burn and burn your fat reserves. That can mean up to 25 percent more fat burn.

morning workouts fat burn

However, you need to be careful and control your workout duration and intensity to prevent hypoglycemic episodes and low electrolyte levels, or simply put, dehydration.

On the other hand, if you work out after having breakfast, you can activate your basal metabolism for the entire day, which will help your body to consistently burn fat.

Morning workouts: improves mood

We have four chemicals in our brains that control our moods: endorphin, serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. These chemicals regulate your mood all day long. But activating them early on in the day will help you stabilize your mood for the rest of the day.

In addition, keeping up with a workout routine is an intrinsic factor that builds self-esteem. As a result, this positive feeling helps you reach happiness.

Regulates circadian cycles

Two common culprits of insomnia are the lack of tiredness and daily stress. But a regular morning workout can help tire you out naturally so that you’ll be ready to rest at night.

Anxiety-free mornings: morning workouts

As for everyday stresses, physical activity can help you pull through stressful situations later on in your day. By keeping stress at bay, morning workouts can help prevent stress-related illnesses. It’s a form of non-invasive preventative care.

Controls daily nutritional intake

This next point is crucial: working out in the morning helps you consume an appropriate amount of daily calories. After working out, you need to replenish your body’s nutrients with the right foods. By filling up in the morning and can carry on throughout the day.

Feeling satisfied will keep you from consuming hefty meals at night when you don’t need so much energy. As a result, your body won’t build up too many reserves.

Morning workouts: no more giving up because you’re too tired

Once you get used to a morning routine, your batteries will be fully charged when you wake up from a good night’s sleep and healthy breakfast.

That said, you won’t have any excuses to skip a workout. Full of energy, you can start knocking out your most physically tasking item from your to-do list and after, move on to easier obligations.

morning workouts tasks

Morning workouts: the bottom line is exercising

But, ultimately, when you exercise it’s all about exercising regularly.

Sure, everyone has their own daily routines and we all can’t begin our days working out. But if you can train yourself to sleep earlier to work out before you tackle the rest of your day, you’ll enjoy all of these great advantages. It might be hard to start, but it’s well worth it!

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    Efectos del entrenamiento combinado de fuerza y ​​resistencia de la mañana contra la noche sobre el rendimiento físico, la hipertrofia muscular y las concentraciones séricas de hormonas. https://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2016-0271
  • David W. Hill. Diferencias entre la mañana y la tarde en respuesta al ejercicio exhaustivo de intensidad severa. Laboratorio de Fisiología Aplicada, Departamento de Kinesiología, Promoción de la Salud y Recreación, 1155 Union Circle # 310769, Universidad del Norte de Texas, Denton.