Hey all! So, I used to work out at night all the time right after dinner. Don't ask how I was able to work out on a full stomach because I have no clue. I remember doing a Tone It Up HIIT video once and they were talking about how you shouldn't work out right after eating a meal - woops! I just couldn't wrap my head around the idea of waking up early and working out right away. However, I tried it once and I'll never go back to working out at night - here's why.
1 | You get it out of the way
This is one of my favorite benefits of working out early in the morning opposed to at night. Once it’s done in the morning you don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day and you can concentrate on your work, school or just have fun!
2 | Less chances for excuses
I’m not sure if this has happened to you, but whenever I’d wait to work out at the end of the day, I would always have some attention on it in the back of my mind. Throughout the day I would try to come up with excuses as to why I couldn’t workout or a friend of mine would call and wanted to go to dinner and hang out with friends… but wait, I have to work out still. The chances of me making excuses and skipping out on my work out significantly decreased once I started working out in the morning.
3 | You’ll have more energy
As you workout, your metabolism and blood circulation increases, allowing you to feel awake. Then, after that awesome workout you re-fuel with nutritious food, which in turn gives you more energy throughout the day. Trust me, it’s better than a cup of coffee! And that’s saying a lot coming from me, a huge coffee lover.
4 | You’ll be happier throughout the day
Not only will you be super jazzed that you got your workout done and out of the way, but you’ll feel happier throughout the day as well. As Elle Woods said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” This doesn’t mean that if someone is a complete jerk to you that you won’t feel mad or upset, but you’ll feel ready to take on the day with a great attitude!
This isn’t to say that you should never workout at night and for some, working out at night is the only time they can fit it in. These are the points I’ve found to have happened to me when I switched from working out at night to the morning and I’ve loved it ever since.
How to start working out in the morning when you’re not a morning person
Some of you may be thinking, “I can’t workout in the morning, I’m not a morning person.” I completely relate! I don’t like the mornings and if I could sleep in until 10am every morning you better bet I would. However, I also like getting up early (I get up around 7 or 7:30am every day) and starting my day off with a productive morning. Below are some of my tips to making working out in the morning a little bit easier.
1 | Lay out your work out clothes and/or pack your gym bag the night before
If you work out at the gym I would definitely recommend packing your bag and laying out your clothes the night before. This way it’s all ready to go, you don’t have to think about what to wear or worrying that you’ll mismatch because you were so tired you couldn’t see, and you’ll have one less excuse as to why you shouldn’t drag yourself out of bed.
2 | Set a schedule and stick to it
I’m a huge schedule person. I make schedules for myself everyday and it has helped me tremendously in getting things done. Setting a schedule of when you should be out of bed by, when you should be done with breakfast by, etc. can help you ensure you’ll make it to the gym. Here’s a quick glance at what one of my days looks like:
6:30 am: Wake up, check phone for e-mails, check IG, respond to any e-mails/comments (I can’t not check my phone, it’s a must!)
6:45am: Make quick breakfast
7:15am: Head to the gym (or sometimes I’ll work out at home - all depends on what work out I’m doing)
7:45/8:00 am: Head home, make protein shake, shower
3 | Get enough sleep
This one may seem obvious, but it’s vital to being able to get up early enough for a workout. Don’t stay up until 12am if you know you want to work out at 5am. You’ll be tired and you may not even give your all during your work out because of the lack of sleep. There are definitely times when life calls for staying up late to get a big project done or to study for an exam, but sleep is still super important to not just working out, but having a good day in general.
There ya have it! My list of benefits to working out early in the day and how to get started on doing so.