If you’re like most of the world, you probably don’t like to wake up before you have to, especially if you’re not a fan of exercise. “Why wake up to workout when I can do it later in the day,” you might ask. Glad you asked because there are many benefits to an early workout!
Increased alertness and energy. Yes, this may seem counterintuitive. Since you’re getting up early, you’ll be drowsy and groggy when you first start. However, once your heart elevates and the blood starts flowing through your body, you’ll start to feel awake and more aware of your surroundings. This’ll help you focus at work or school.
A great way to start the day. Aside from the endorphins released after your workout, you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment. Starting off your day with a good workout gives one a sense of productivity and confidence. You can tell yourself, “While other people are sleeping, I was being productive and improving myself physically and mentally.”
You’re improving your mind as much as your body. This is an intuitive concept if one thinks about it. When you wake up regularly in the morning to workout, you’re forming healthy and beneficial habits. This not only applies to morning workouts, but performing regular exercise in general. Self-Discipline is a valuable skill that’ll help you with other healthy behaviors such as dieting.
Privacy. If you’re uncomfortable with working out around many other people, then going early may be a good option. There’ll be fewer people around more space for you to exercise how you wish.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with an afternoon or evening workout. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of convenience and practicality. However, if you go through your entire day then workout, you may not have as much energy and motivation to push yourself or finish your workout. It’s a matter of preference ultimately. The price you pay is sleep, but the dividends are a healthier and better you.