So, you’ve decided to double down on your weekly workouts. Good on ya! But have you given any thought to when you’re going to squeeze in those trips to the gym? There’s a strong case to be made for a.m. sweat seshes, according to the experts.
Some research suggests that people who exercise in the a.m. have less of an appetite throughout the day, which is a big bonus if you’re trying to shed pounds. Morning workouts may also lead to better productivity throughout the day and overall mental health, since it’s great for busting stress.
But that’s not all! Morning exercisers tend to stick to their program because they can check it off their to-do list first thing and don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day.
If you’re new to a.m. workouts, ease in slowly, say the experts. For instance, don’t start with a 10 km run at 6 am no matter how enthusiastic you are to start a program. It’s just not sustainable to go big right from the get-go.
Better to take baby steps. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier than normal so that you can take a morning walk. These kinds of ideas, fitness experts say, will help your body adjust to being active.