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THE BEST TIME TO WORK OUT IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE WHENEVER IT WORKS FOR YOU. BUT KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE ARE BENEFITS TO STARTING YOUR DAY WITH A SWEAT SESSION, RATHER THAN ENDING IT WITH ONE. BY ASHTON GREER FEWER DISTRACTIONS
When it comes to exercise, the best time of day to get in a workout is whenever you can do it consistently. Everyone is different. The “right” time depends on factors like your preference, lifestyle, and body. And while there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, morning workouts do have some benefits. Getting your recommended 30 minutes of exercise each day can be stressful for many who continuously battle with the snooze button. Between juggling family priorities, working, and possibly school, you can always find an excuse to skip the gym. However, making it a habit to exercise right after you get up in the morning might be the ultimate solution to keep yourself motivated. We know that it’s tempting to sleep as long as possible instead of getting up to hit the gym before the day gets away from you. But if you can make it a habit to get your daily exercise in before you get to the office, you’ll feel more accomplished and confident, and you’ll enjoy many health benefits. With a few small changes, anyone can make morning exercise a habit — even if you’re not a morning person.
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Morning workouts typically mean you’re less prone to distractions. When you first wake up, you haven’t started tackling the day’s to-do list. You’re also less likely to get phone calls, text messages, and emails. With fewer distractions, you’re more likely to follow through with your workout.
START SMALL You might be tempted to be ambitious with your morning workouts. But if you’re not in the habit of exercising in the morning (or exercising at all), waking up to run 6 miles or lift for an hour can feel overwhelming. Instead, start small. For example, if you’re just getting started with morning exercise, maybe you start by getting up and doing a walking
workout a few days a week. Then, once you’ve established that habit, you can increase your pace to a jog. Habits take time to form. With morning exercise, if you try to do too much too fast, you can burn yourself out.
BETTER FOCUS DURING THE DAY AND INCREASED ALERTNESS Regular exercise is excellent for boosting energy and reducing fatigue. When you work out, oxygen and nutrients travel to your heart and lungs. This improves your cardiovascular system, endurance, and overall stamina. By exercising early, you may feel more energized throughout the day. Plus, you’re guaranteed to feel happier knowing that you started your day by doing something