Exercise is like Marmite. You either love it or hate it. The thoughts of squatting and lunging and crunching fills some of us with sweated dread. However, I’m on the other side of Marmite when it comes to exercise. I do love getting my squat on everyday. Not only for my health, but it just makes me feel good too!
I like to exercise in the morning rather than the afternoon/evening. Exercising in the morning has so many benefits to exercising later on in the day.For one, why put it off until the end of the day (unless you’re in work) when you can get it done first thing? And not in a way where it’s just to get it over with. A workout first thing can really help wake you up and set you up for the day ahead. Apparently it’s a scientific fact that exercising can help you improve your energy levels when you feel lethargic and when you’re feeling sleepy at your desk. I used to think that fact was a complete myth and a load of rubbish, but actually, it genuinely is true! When exercising in the morning, it helps my tired eyes become more bright and make my body feel more alert and energised.
However, exercising in the winter can be tough. The thought of scraping ice off your car at 5:30am to make it to the gym at 6am is a real wintry killer. Something that doesn’t fill me with great excitement. But think of the Summer. The thought of exercising in the Summer first thing in the morning makes me feel better, more determined to get the workout done. Beat the heat and exercise first thing. The thought of exercising in the scorching afternoon heat isn’t my idea of fun – more like torture.
Research has also shown that exercise can increase mood levels. Come on now people, who wouldn’t want to be happier?! Exercising in the morning can put you in a good mood, make you feel good about yourself and you don’t have to be bitchy to Susan in the office when she’s all happy and jolly at 9am on a Monday morning.
See what I mean, there are so many benefits to exercising in the morning. Why not rejiggle your routine and fit in a gym sesh in the morning instead of after work. That way when you finish work, instead of putting off the gym because you’re so tired from a busy shift, you can go home and put your feet up in the full knowledge that you exercised before work. Boom!