Let me preface this by saying I have NEVER been a morning person.
But, here I am, finding myself getting up and actually enjoying working out first thing in the morning. That doesn’t mean I get up at 5:30am for a 6am workout. I still sleep until 7am every morning—thank the Lord Owen loves to sleep as much as his parents!
We do our normal routine and either I drop him off at daycare and I go to barre or on Thursdays, we head to the gym for a 9am workout with my trainer.
For the past few months, I’ve been fasting before my workout, which really just means I wait to eat my breakfast until after I’m done. I feel better working out on an empty stomach when it’s in the morning and then I’m able to fuel my muscles after with the protein they need! This smoothie is my go-to breakfast after a workout—don’t forget the protein powder, your body needs it after that!
Why You Should Work Out in the Morning
Boost of Energy
The biggest and maybe best part of working out in the morning is the natural burst of energy it gives me! It easily replaces any need for caffeine in my opinion and puts me in such a good mood knowing that I’ve already done something good for myself first thing in the morning!
By 10am I’ve already gotten my workout in and it feels good to have it done. Every day I have a laundry list of to-dos (that I rarely get all the way through), and it’s such a good feeling to have one of the big ones crossed off. I thrive off feeling productive and having this checked off makes me feel awesome!
When I workout in the morning, it helps clear my head and gives me more focus throughout the day. I find that I get through my worker quicker and more efficiently than I normally would. I’m less distracted and can stay on task much better.
I think we can all agree that we’d like to have less stress in our lives. Whenever I find myself getting really stressed and wound up, it’s almost always tied to times in my life where I’ve fallen out of my normal workout routine. Exercising naturally reduces stress—even when it’s just a brisk walk. Our bodies are made to move, so get them moving.
The only case where this isn’t true is if you’re really stressed and try to do an incredibly intense workout. Working out too hard can actually add more stress to your body, so take that into consideration when you pick what exercise you’re doing!
What time of day do you like to workout? How do you feel when it’s done?!