Teresa and I love to work out any time of day, but when it’s almost 100 degrees outside, we’re both thankful for our early morning boot camp workouts. The fresh early morning air, the birds singing, and the beautiful sunrise are all perks of early morning bootcamp. Plus, it feels great to have a workout checked off the list early in the day. Read on for more benefits of early morning workouts!
You’re Less Likely To Skip Your Workout
It may take a cup of coffee to get your morning going, but once you’re up, there are few distractions on your way to work out. Later in the day, any number of distractions can sabotage a workout: less motivation, fatigue, happy hour, a sick child, an overdue report for work or school.
If you’ve completed your workout early in the day, you can roll with whatever obstacles come up later in the day without feeling bad that you missed another work out. You’re far more likely to be consistent with your training if you get it done early, rather than waiting.
It Leaves Times For Other Priorities
Clearly there’s a trade-off between the amount of time you spend working out and the amount of time you can spend on other tasks. Slicing off a small segment, in the early morning, is typically better than in the evening, when you have to fight rush hour, navigate a crowded gym, get home to shower, and allot whatever’s left for your family. The math simply works better if you get your workout done in the morning.
Your Metabolism Will Receive A Boost
Exercise boosts your metabolic rate. The degree depends on your current fitness level and the kind of activity you choose. All other things being equal, working out in the morning will boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories throughout the day. This phenomenon is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. To get the greatest post-workout metabolic kick, we combine cardio activities like high-intensity interval training as well as bodybuilding-type resistance training with compound/multi-joint exercises into each boot camp workout.
You’ll Be More Focused Throughout the Day
Exercise increases focus and productivity. What follows a morning workout? For most people, it’s the office or school. So, one of the advantages of working out in the morning is that you’re more alert throughout the day. It’s a win-win.
You Won’t Have As Many Distractions
Chances are pretty good that you train with a number of friends, which makes socializing pretty easy and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, it’s easy for a short gabfest to turn a productive workout into one where you barely break a sweat. If you’re serious about getting results, you’ll want to work out with minimal distractions and early morning bootcamp is a great time for that.
Your Mood Will Improve
Workouts release endorphins, feel-good hormones that are increased following exercise of sufficient intensity and duration. Nothing feels better than a great workout, especially if you’re prone to skipping them later in the day. And there’s no better way to get your day started. You can boost your mood and sense of accomplishment by just be setting your alarm clock a little earlier.
Consistency is Key
You can make larger improvements in exercise performance if you make morning workouts a regular habit. Consistency is key. If you’re new to morning training, be patient but consistent with your a.m. workouts. It can be tough to get up in the morning, let alone try to complete a good workout, but with consistency you’ll see your performance skyrocket and you’ll have a million reasons that justify setting that alarm just a little bit earlier. For those of us who are already there bright and early, the secret is out!
For those who’ve already discovered the benefits of early morning workouts, please contribute your success stories in the comments below.
Also, feel free to join us at Lake Oswego High School. We’re there every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 a.m. Try your first workout for free or go all in and register for a full session here.