Fit Tip: How to Become a Morning Person
October 15, 2013 / Category: Fitness Advisor
Okay, so you aren’t a morning person. We get it. But here’s the thing—if you aren’t fitting your workouts in because you run out of time and energy, then a morning workout may be the solution. Yep, you read that right—you can become a morning person and get up and workout. We've already given you some tips to help but this is so important, we want you to know more.
Develop the behavior of a champion. When you do what you know you should do, regardless of how you feel at the moment, that’s the behavior of champions. You are committed, so you get up and work out early even on those days you are dragging. Plus, you are practicing discipline like a muscle—you will develop it every time you make the decision to follow through on your promises.
Reap the rewards. Morning workouts energize you for the day, jumpstart your metabolism and keep it elevated for hours afterward. They make you more productive for the rest of the day with improved clarity. When you get it done first thing, you fire up your motivation and can coast on your early morning momentum and get some more wins checked off for your day.
Later turns into never. When you tell yourself, “I will exercise later,” you are creating the opportunities for distractions and detours. Later easily turns into never. Even people who have more flexibility in their schedules often opt for the early-morning workout because it’s the early bird catches the worm thing. It just makes you feel good when you do it. And, if you are a business traveler, those late night client dinners can derail a well-intentioned workout. Morning exercise means it’s more likely to happen. No postponing until tomorrow for you!
Of course, the best time to work out is when you will actually do it. A calorie burned is a calorie burned no matter what time of day. However, getting your workout done first thing in the morning helps you feel better about your entire day. PS. There’s no secret formula for loving the wee hours of the morning or waking up super chipper to burn calories, but if you aim for consistency, those morning workouts will get better. We promise.