7 Benefits of Working Out in the Morning

There’s no doubt that working out is great for your body and for your mental health. We’re all aware of the many benefits of exercise – it strengthens the heart, controls body weight, improves blood flow, reduces stress, boosts mood, and improves mental cognition.

But exercise is exercise, so does it really matter when we work out?

Actually, what time we choose to work out at can have a huge impact on our day. While everyone has their own routine and will experience the benefits of exercise no matter when they do it, we’ve discovered a few advantages that working out in the morning can have on our energy levels, mood, and productivity throughout the day.

Benefits of Working Out in the Morning

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1.     Productive Start

There’s a saying that how you start your day is how you live your day. What better way to kick it off and step into action than by working up a sweat? You’ll feel good about yourself as you’ll already feel like you’ve accomplished something early on. You’ll feel empowered and more confident in yourself and in your abilities.  

2.     More Energy

When you work up a sweat, different hormones are released that elevate your energy levels. Start your morning with a workout and you’ll find yourself with more energy to tackle the rest of your day. You’ll feel more awake – both physically and mentally.

3.     Healthier Food Choices

When you’ve already worked your butt off at the gym, you’ll probably be more conscious of your food choices. Would you really want to ruin all your hard work by binging on sweets? Or would you rather fuel your body with the nutrients that it needs to build muscle and burn fat?

4.     Stronger Self-Discipline

Convincing yourself to turn off your alarm and leave the warmth and comfort of your bed definitely requires willpower – especially when you do it extra early to squeeze in a workout. If you can push yourself to do that, you’ll be able to yourself beyond your comfort zone and achieve a lot more than you thought you could have. Plus, the more you do it, the easier it’ll get. You just need a bit of time to get into the habit.

5.     You´ll Feel Happier

Exercise relieves stress and releases feel-good chemicals in your body called endorphins. When you work out in the morning, you’ll feel the benefits throughout the rest of the day. You’ll develop a stronger sense of resilience where you don’t let stressful events impact you to as great of an extent.

6.     More Time in the Day

After a long day, you won’t be rushing home for that evening exercise. You won’t feel bad when obstacles arise and you have to skip another workout. You’ve already gotten some exercise, so you can take your time to relax and spend time with friends – and you’ll feel good doing it. You’ll build a better social life and stop planning everything around those evening workouts.

7.     Better Sleep

We all know that getting 8-9 hours of sleep is important, but how many of us actually do? When you know that you need to set your alarm early to exercise, you’ll have more reason to head to bed earlier. This can be a great way to develop a regular sleep schedule where you’ll actually get a full night’s sleep. Go to bed 8-9 hours before your alarm rings and you’ll wake up feeling energized and refreshed.

Whether you’re going for a 15 minute jog or a one-hour exercise class, when you exercise in the morning you’ll experience benefits that don’t just have a positive impact on your body, but on your mental and psychological health as well. Download the #SweatCity app to discover gyms and exercise classes near you, and get ready to work up a sweat!

Victoria Gimelfarb