When you finally take the step and intend to start exercising, you usually choose the afternoon or evening period for this. The reason is obvious: it is usually the time when all work obligations have been fulfilled and we tend to have more free time for ourselves.
However, training in the morning has important benefits for the body, both physically and psychologically, and on many occasions it is advisable to plan physical activity first thing in the morning.
This does not mean that it is the best option for everyone, since physical training in general, whether in the morning, afternoon or evening, always brings many benefits, that is, regardless of the time, the important thing is that you actually do physical exercise.
However, RM Trainer warns that there are several reasons that affect almost everyone equally, such as the fact that due to morning exercise, the body's metabolism changes and its effects are noticeable throughout the day.
Sometimes more time is needed to train in the morning, as the body has been immobile all night. Activating the body, muscles and skeletal system and preparing them for physical activity requires a longer warm-up period if each movement is used. Many people find it difficult to go out to train very early: in winter, because the cold is more intense at the beginning of the day; and in the summer due to the heat and the change in schedules and routines (of course these reasons can also be seen as excuses…). But if you can overcome laziness and wake up early to train, the benefits are numerous.
So how does the body benefit from morning exercise? An article from Metropolitan presents us with 5 advantages.
1 - During the first hours of the day, your ability to use body fat as fuel and energy increases, which helps a lot in training, especially in cardio and resistance exercises.
2 - Training in the morning stimulates the body's metabolism, more than training in the afternoon or evening. In turn, more extra calories are burned, as the effects of physical activity are stronger during the day than at night. Having activated metabolism in the morning, speeds up digestion and helps to use food energy faster.
3 - In addition to the physical benefits, training in the morning also brings many advantages for mental well-being. A recent study published in the journal The Psychological Society confirms that physical activity between 7 am and 8 am will help you feel more alert and clear throughout the day. In this sense, according to research, people who train in the morning make smarter and healthier decisions thanks to the stimulation produced by secreted endorphins.
4 - If your goal is to lose weight and reduce accumulated body fat, as well as increase resistance to training and feel better during the day, training in the morning will be a very favorable option to achieve this.
5 - Once you get used to training in the morning, your biorhythm will get used to it in such a way that you will hardly need an alarm to wake up. Remember that exercising in the morning results in greater control of your daily rest, helping your body to meet the recommended 8 hours of sleep. So when you get into the habit of training in the morning, your own body will regulate itself and you will wake up more relaxed.
As you can see, morning workouts have some advantages. But, in the RM Trainer opinion, above all, you should find the moment when you feel most committed and motivated to train, as this is the key to success and to achieving your goals.
If your schedules and routines keep you from finding a time to train in the morning, don't stop doing it. Find your space and time of day to exercise, whether in the gym, at home or outdoors.