Updated May 10, 2019
Regardless of the fancy alarm setting you selected, it can be tempting to stay in bed as long as possible. But getting a jump on the day has its benefits. Here’s why (and how) to become more of a morning person.
1. Being active before breakfast improves your eating and exercising habits throughout the day. One study out of Brigham Young University revealed that when women walked briskly for 45 minutes in the morning, they were not only less susceptible to craving certain foods, but were also more active throughout the day, compared to days when they didn’t work out.
2. You’re less likely to skip the gym later. You have the best intentions, you even have a fitness class penciled into your schedule at 5 p.m., but there’s just one more email to respond to, one more call to make, one more errand to run before dinner … Five o’clock comes and goes without the sweat session you’d planned on.
It’s so easy for plans to change throughout the day. Cross exercise off the list early on, and then you won’t end your day regretting you never got around to it. And if you know a trip to the gym is not in your cards for the day, do your best to be find alternative ways to be active instead.
3. Set yourself up for success. Don’t wait until the early morning hours to figure out your fitness plan. Decide on your distance, class or gym workout and set out your workout clothes before you go to bed. And go to bed at a reasonable time to make those goals happen. When your alarm goes off, you don’t have to think about anything once you wake up. Simply rise and shine. Give yourself a little energy before you head out. A piece of fruit is a good choice.
4. Begin your day in the best mood ever. The rush of endorphins you experience after a morning workout is sure to boost your energy and your can-do attitude, which is exactly what you need before hitting the office or waking the kiddos.
5. Enlist a fit friend to be your morning workout buddy. You’ll be much less likely to sleep in and skip your workout if you know your pal woke up on time and is waiting at spin class for you. Besides, there are many other benefits to seeing a friendly face at the gym, too. If you can register for a class, that holds you accountable, too.
6. Exercise now, and you’ll sleep better later. It seems counterintuitive that cutting your sleep short to squeeze in a morning workout could actually improve your sleep, but research shows it does just that. A study out of Appalachian State University found that participants who performed a moderate, 30-minute workout at 7 a.m. slept much more soundly than those who exercised at either 1 p.m. or 7 p.m.
7. Stay safe, no matter what time it is. The days are getting shorter, which means the earlier you get out of bed to work out, the darker it is outside. If you’re planning an outdoor routine, play it safe with these tips for working out when it’s dark.
8. Be prepared to FEEL LIKE A CHAMP ALL DAY LONG. Knowing that you’ve already done something for yourself and your health is guaranteed to increase your productivity and overall sense of accomplishment throughout the day. Congratulations on a job well done!