Photography by Sarah Griffith
Never thought you could train in the morning?
Well tune into these factors that may make you rethink the timing of your workouts...
First, don't give me the excuse that you're not a morning person. Go to bed earlier, problem solved! Early morning workouts set the mood for your day. How excited are you when you get a PR on a lift? So you can imagine how that adrenaline will last you all day...Winning!! If you have trouble with early morning energy, grab a cup of coffee or pre-workout to boost energy and last you throughout your workout and get you through your day. Within a week, most people have completely adapted to this new routine and are addicted to the rush you get with a morning workout.
You'll be less likely to skip your workout.
How many of you have had a long day at work and drove right past the gym and went straight home to the couch? You're lying if you say you haven't, I know I'm guilty of it. If you've already completed your workout, your afternoons are free to be lazy, go out with your friends, or run errands, because guess what...YOU'RE DONE FOR THE DAY! Which leads me into my next point..
You will have time for other priorities.
Family, work, and school are all our number one priorities, but it doesn't mean we can't make a little time to focus on our health and wellness by making it to the gym. If you find yourself getting home late every night and missing family time or missing your school assignments, why not get your workout in during the morning hours? It makes sense.
Your mood will improve.
We all have heard working out releases endorphins, right? All the feel good hormones get released after we crush a workout, so why not let that set the mood for your day? If all it takes is setting your alarm a little earlier to feel a sense of accomplishment and boost your mood, then what's stopping you?
I promise you will sleep better at night!
I don't think I've ever met someone who has said they didn't sleep better at night from an early morning workout. By bedtime, you've worked out, went to work or school all day, cleaned the house, ran errands, cooked dinner and yep...YOU'RE TIRED. Remember earlier about our feel good endorphins being released after a workout, well if you wait until late evening to workout, then your body will keep racing, causing you to stay up later. Give a morning workout a try and I'll bet you it won't take long to fall asleep once your head hits the pillow.
I get that its hard to wake up when that 5:30 alarm is going off to make it to a 6am class, but with persistence and consistency it becomes second nature. At first, you may find that your lifts are suffering or it's harder to move larger loads, but in the end you will make larger improvements in your overall performance, so keep patient.
Now, I challenge each of you to go to bed early, wake up and come check out our morning classes!