Now, we’re not trying to jump the gun here. Finding the motivation to train several times a week is already an impressive feat. If you’re managing to regularly squeeze in time to work up a sweat and get your body moving, we take our hats off to you! But, if you want to take things to the next level, and get even more from the time you spend exercising, we have looked into how to optimise your sessions by doing exercise at a certain time of day.
More bang for your buck
Current research indicates that there are several benefits to exercising in the morning over the evening. For a start, if you do it on an empty stomach, your body is better set up to burn stored fat. People naturally have elevated levels of cortisol and growth hormone in the morning. Both of which are involved in metabolism, so you’ll draw more of your energy from your fat reserves. There’s even research that shows morning exercisers may have less of an appetite throughout the day, which could also help protect them from putting on pounds. What it does to your mind is equally as beneficial. Exercising first thing starts the day on a positive note, giving you a sense of accomplishment and in turn an optimistic outlook for the day.
Not a morning person?
Even the most religious gym goers will know what it’s like to opt for a lie-in, over a morning workout. Especially during frosty months. After a late-night working on a tough business proposal, there is nothing like staying cocooned in your duvet until the last possible moment. We’ll be honest, some aren’t meant to be morning people, and they shouldn’t force it. But, if you’re up for giving it a good try, these tips are a good place to start. Before you know it, you’ll be up at the crack of dawn to be first in line for when gyms reopen after lockdown!
1. Keep the alarm away from your bed
Having to move to turn your alarm clock off will make it easier to take that first step out of bed. After groggily shuffling across the room to press snooze a few times, it’s amazing how quickly your body will start to adapt and get used to getting straight out of bed. For an extra deterrent, try turning your lights on straight away to stop you snuggling back under the duvet.
2. Prep your playlist
Ever been excited to exercise because you want to wear your new gym kit? Prepping a vibing playlist is just like that. You know you’re going to get carried through the session with great tunes, which will also help make the burn of an early start a distant memory.
3. Warm up the room
What’s worse than a 6 am alarm? A 6 am alarm that involves stepping out of bed into freezing temperatures and onto ice-cold bathroom floor tiles. Combat this by adjusting your central heating to fit with your new routine. Make sure you lay out your clothes near a heater so they’re nice and toasty. For extra cosiness, warm up your dressing gown on the radiator too, so as you get out of bed you can step straight into a big warm hug.
4. Find a workout that makes you want to wake up early.
If all you have planned is the same old cardio warm-up, and 30 mins in the weights zone routine, that you’ve done 100 times before, then setting a 5:30 or 6 am just isn’t realistic. Find a trainer you look forward to seeing and will keep you accountable if you cancel without good reason. Hop onto the Go:Do app to book a consultation session with a trainer nearby!
5. Ditch your phone at night.
This is widely spoken about as one of the best things you can do to sleep better at night. Without enough sleep, you’re setting yourself up to fail when your early alarm goes off. Having a ‘wind-down’ hour, without screen time, emails or social media will allow your brain to switch to relaxation and chill mode. Top tip, set a ‘go to bed’ alarm as well as a wake-up alarm. That way you’ll have a clear reminder to put the phone down / turn the TV off, and get ready to sleep.
In a nutshell
Whether you’re an early bird, or night owl, consistency will always be the most important factor when looking to see fitness and health results. Do what feels good for you. If achieving regular 6 am starts enables you to fit a training session into your day and helps you feel accomplished, then go after it! Likewise, if you already start work at 7 am, don’t kill your energy levels by forcing a 5 am gym session.
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