I’ve never been a health nut or even enjoy waking up early. I usually struggle during the day just to get out of the bed to start my day (especially in the winter). Despite that, I still wake up early to workout first thing in the morning to start up my day.
I wanted to really commit to a goal and improve myself physically. I knew that working out first thing in the morning would be a great idea as I could get pumped up for it and also get it out of the way. I always feel great after working out, so it’s great to start the day off with my mood boosted from the workout. Many studies have shown that exercise has the ability to help lower rates of depression. This is because when you exercise, the body releases chemicals that are called endorphins. The endorphins in your body interacts with your brain and reduce your pain receptors. Best thing is, any type of exercise can help.
Not only is endorphins released during exercise, you also produce norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine. All of these have positive benefits for you. Not only does it increase the positive chemicals, it decreases the levels of cortisol and adrenaline in the body. These two chemicals help cause stress for you. When in combination, your mood will boost and you’ll feel less anxiety.
I like to exercise on an empty stomach in the morning. Studies have shown that this is the best way to burn stored fat, therefore it makes it ideal for weight loss. The hormonal composition in the body is set up to support working out in the morning. People generally have higher levels of cortisol and growth hormone, both of these are good for your metabolism. This leads to you drawing more energy from your fat reserves during fasted cardio.
I also tend to sleep better when I workout in the morning. According to the National Sleep Foundation, people who workout earlier usually sleep longer and experience a deeper sleep cycle. Also, I much prefer to spend the night watching television and relaxing till it’s time to sleep.
In the end, despite the benefits, the real best workout is the one that you actually do. It’s more important than any opinion on what time you should do your workout. The best time is obviously the time that you are able to work into your schedule. It’s better to do that than to just skip exercise.