Have you ever wondered why athletes often make sure they get in an early morning workout or training session? When it comes to sports training, early is better.
As an athlete, I know that an early morning workout will positively affect my performance and attitude. Getting up early requires discipline and disciplined athletes are successful. After adjusting to a new schedule, I realized I achieved more during my early morning training sessions. I wanted to know why.
Scientifically it makes sense that our body is more efficient after a good rest, and most people get their largest dose of rest and recovery at night; the morning is a time when your body is firing on all cylinders. You may also find you are more focused early in the morning before you face the challenges of your day-to-day task list. As a competitor, I also wanted to train my body to be ready if I ever had an early race.
While you may not be preparing for your next race, there are good reasons for setting your alarm early and jump-starting your day on a positive step.
An early morning workout will free up the rest of your day and allow you to focus on the things you need to achieve. I find that the clear mind I get from jogging gives me the peace and quiet I need to plan my day and to make sure nothing is forgotten. Try using part of your exercise time to decide how you will spend your day so that you can make the most of your time.
I hear from so many people who say they always plan to workout but, over the course of each day, their time just fills up and they don’t prioritize exercise over the hundreds of other things they need to do.
How many times have your good fitness intentions gone to waste because your day became hectic, leaving you with no time or energy to take care of your body? By getting up early and starting your day with a workout, your plans can’t be derailed.
Improve your mood with a natural rush of healthy hormones. Exercise promotes the release of happy endorphins in your body. Starting your day with an early morning workout will generate a happy, positive feeling that will impact your own life and the lives of people you come into contact with all day long.
Success and the feeling of achievement will help you to build confidence. There are few better feelings than accomplishing a goal, both in sports and in life. By setting good habits and working out early, you are achieving a goal of being active.
Morning workouts can help you to burn extra fat throughout the day. By kick-starting your day with exercise, you are also boosting your metabolism and forcing your body to use energy to regenerate during the day. Exercise can improve your resting metabolic rate, which can make your body more efficient at burning calories.
I know there are a multitude of reasons why an early morning workout may not be for you. Starting your day positively by taking care of your body can boost your performance in other areas of life. By making your workout one of the first things you do each day, you sidestep the risk of exercise becoming a chore.
However, as I always say: Some exercise is better than no exercise. And, really, whatever time of day you can squeeze in a workout is fine. Just be sure you do make time to be active in some way every day. Make an effort to be consistent and don’t let excuses stop you from being the best you can be.
Samantha Clayton is responsible for all activities relating to exercise and fitness education for Independent Herbalife Members and employees. Through in-person training sessions, educational tools and materials, and her blog (www.discovergoodfitness.com), she ensures that the important role of exercise as part of a healthy, active life is understood by all. She also helps create, organize and promote employee fitness programs and activities as an integral part of the company’s corporate wellness program.
A native of Liverpool, England, Samantha initially worked as a consultant for Herbalife for two years and led the Herbalife24-Fit program, the company’s first comprehensive fitness training program and DVD series.
Before joining the corporate ranks, Samantha was a professional athlete. She represented Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay events. Prior to the Olympics, she won two medals in the Olympic AAA trials – a silver medal for the 200m and a bronze for the 100m – as well as a silver medal in the 4x100m relay during the European Junior Championships in 1997. Her personal records include 11.40 seconds in the 100m and 23.02 seconds in the 200m.
Samantha is a personal trainer and group exercise coach through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and International Sport Science Association (ISSA).