Exercise in the morning to get more out of your day

Using the early hours of the morning well is super beneficial not just for your health but for a successful lifestyle. Rising early is a common trait among most successful people in the world. Morning people are known to be more proactive and productive. A majority of people who workout consistently are the ones who workout in the mornings. It not only gives you a boost of energy but also a strong sense of accomplishment. There’s a range of workouts you can choose from – working out in the gym, Zumba, cardio kickboxing, cycling, running, walking, yoga, tai-chi or martial arts training. Here we explain what happens when you exercise regularly in the morning:

You kick start your metabolism and keep it elevated for hours by working out in the morning. That means you are burning more calories all day long.

  1. You feel energised throughout the day.
  2. Your appetite is regulated and you will find yourself making conscious decisions towards healthy food choices.
  3. Exercise increases mental acuity so you are more focused and sharper in the head.
  4. You have a higher quality of sleep and will feel more relaxed and are able to deal with stressful situations better.
  5. You can think clearly, meditate, pray, plan the day and relax mentally even when you work out.
  6. ME time – it’s just something you do for yourself, your mind, body and soul.

I hear a lot of people complain about struggling to wake up in the morning. “I am not a morning person, I feel tired if I wake up early, I need to go back and sleep after a bout of exercise in the morning” – are some statements I get to hear a lot. But here are some things you should consider:

  1. You will struggle if you do not get adequate or good quality sleep. 7-9 hours of a good night’s sleep is a must for most people.
  2. Sleep early. Rather than watch TV late into the night, it’s wiser to just not have a TV set in the bedroom. You may find it difficult in the beginning, but once you have made up your mind and stick to a fixed time, it’ll become routine.
  3. Don’t extend your sleeping hour. Even if it’s cold or you are just plain lazy. Just ten more minutes usually turns into an hour. Extending your sleeping hours only leads to procrastination and tiredness. Jump out of bed and get those legs moving.
  4. Don’t reach for the phone first thing in the morning. Make it a practice to not check your socials until you are done with breakfast.
  5. You’ll find that you have so much more time on your hands and not feel rushed.
  6. Keep your alarm out of reach if you have the habit of hitting the stop button and going back to sleep.
  7. Establish a routine – attend to important tasks first and get to the others as the day progresses to avoid feeling rushed or stressed.
  8. Develop a get to attitude – be excited about doing and getting things done. Be accountable for how you spend your time.
  9. Eat healthy – breakfast is the most important meal of the day and dinner must be kept light and had at least 2-3 hours before you go to bed,
  10. Wake up at the same time every day.

Master your morning, get more out of your day, remember this quote: Somewhere, right now, someone is training while you are not, when you race him, he will win!

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Sandesh Palungwa Limbu

Sandesh Palungwa Limbu, Certified professional fitness instructor, founder of RAGE Fitness, and specialises in mixed martial arts.

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