Did you set fitness resolutions at the beginning of the year? If so, now is a good time to check in with how they're going. The mornings are getting lighter, Summer is on the way, and with it the joys of holidays and less clothes all round. While there's nothing as attractive as confidence, no matter what your body shape, if you are looking to tone up or lose a few stubborn pounds, a morning class is a great way to do it. Read on for a few reasons why you should avoid the snooze button trap and head to the studio instead
It'll give you more energy than coffee
Getting your body moving first thing can be the best natural boost. Contrary to popular believe, exercise doesn't make you more tired, it literally creates more energy in your body, by increasing the bodies production of mitochondria ( these are found in most cells, in which the biochemical processes of respiration and energy production occur) which leads to more energy. It's also been proven to improve focus and concentration for the day, without the post caffeine slump! Push yourself, and trust your body will rise to meet the challenge!
You're less likely to make excuses
If you can make it over the initial hurdle of getting out of bed early, you'll be winning for the rest of the day! By leaving exercise for after work or later in the day, we're much more likely to make find reasons not to do it. Commit to early morning classes for a month and see how well you feel.
Rev up your metabolism
Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumptions (EPOC) is a buzz word in the fitness industry for good reason. Basically it means that your body continues to burn more calories after your workout, even when you’re sitting at your desk. By getting a workout in early, you'll fire up your metabolism for the whole day, meaning the meals you eat throughout the day will be more likely used to feed that fire, rather than being stored as fat. Result!
You'll get more sleep
Now, we know this sounds odd when we're telling you to get out of bed earlier but stick with us. Working your body first thing will mean by the time you reach the end of the day, you'll be naturally fatigued and ready to sleep, whereas high energy exercise in the evening can often lead to restless tossing and turning by giving your body a boost when it's not needed. Morning exercise is also thought to improve your the quality of your sleep, by promoting deeper sleep cycles, which in turn will make getting up earlier even easier! Start a wind down routine at 8pm by switching off phones and tablets to ensure that when you hit the pillow, you'll have cleared your head of your day.
You're more likely to reach your goals
Getting up extra early in the morning requires a certain amount of sacrifice and discipline, and no one wants to get up with the sunrise to exercise if they aren't seeing results. This will subconsciously push you to work harder, making the time in bed you've given up worth it. Plus, the longer you commit to the routine of morning exercise and to yourself, the more you'll get rid of any niggling thoughts in your mind that you're not worth the effort or self care, leading to healthier habits and a happier mindset.
7 March 2017