I’ve been experimenting lately.
And I’m not talking about science experiments here.
I’m talking about the time of day I workout.
As you all know, I LOVE fitness. I workout every day, for at least 30 minutes, with one of those days being a low impact workout such as walking or an activity with my kids.
After having 3 kids, it was hard to find the time to workout. I would try to do it when they were napping, but as you know, kids don’t always nap when YOU want them to. One would wake up crying or one would sit in his room, take off his diaper, and smear poop all over the room (no joke!) So exercising during naptime just wasn’t working for me. But eliminating my workout was not an option, so I knew I needed to schedule it in somewhere, but where?
Turns out, the best time of day for me was the morning.
I know what you’re thinking…why on earth would you want to get up so early to workout?
It’s not that I wanted to, it’s because I HAD to. If I didn’t do it in the morning, before everyone woke up, it wouldn’t get done. I’m not going to lie, at first, it was tough dragging my butt to the basement to exercise. But after just 2 weeks, my body got used to it, and I actually looked forward to it.
Here are some reasons I LOVE working out early in the morning:
I get 1 FULL HOUR to MYSELF! Everyone else is sleeping, so no one disturbs me.
Exercising in the morning gives me energy for the whole day.
I get my workout done. I no longer have to wonder when I’m going to fit it in.
But besides my own personal reasons, here are some other reasons to workout before the sun comes up:
Morning exercisers are more likely to stick to their workouts.
Morning exercisers sleep better at night, which in turn decreases your stress and anxiety, lowers your blood pressure, and helps you lose weight.
You burn more fat exercising in the morning because you body uses it’s fat as fuel instead of relying on carbohydrates from food.
Okay, so you’re thinking, “But Jen, I HATE getting up early, can’t I workout at a different time of day?”
Of course you can. As long as you’re exercising every day, it doesn’t matter what time of day you workout. There are even benefits to working out in the afternoons:
afternoon exercisers tend to perform better during their workouts
afternoon exercisers may be less prone to injury because their bodies are warmer (which means if you workout in the morning, it’s crucial to do some warm-up exercises before hitting it hard!)
Back to my experimenting…
When my boys started school this year, I tried different workout times to see which would work best. I tried the afternoons. That was horrible. I could barely make it through a workout, I felt so weighed down by what I had eaten during the day. I also tried mid mornings. I actually really liked that time, but it just didn’t work for me. My whole morning was taken up by my workout and then showering and getting 2 of my boys ready for afternoon school. It ended up being too stressful.
So today, I’m back to my early morning workouts and I love it.
What time of day do you prefer to workout? Have you tried exercising in the early morning?