Tough Love: You Should Start Your Day With A Workout

While the most important thing is to exercise regularly—anytime—there are some compelling reasons to get your workout in early in the day—even if means you'll have to make yourself a morning person!

Why exercise in the mornings?

If you're not a morning person, you're probably groaning right now ... Don't despair, I promise that if you start working out in the morning it gets easier the more you do it!

But first, let's get to why you might want to start your day with a workout ...

1. It energizes you for the rest of the day.

Exercising early in the morning jump starts your metabolism, keeping it elevated for hours. As a result, many people report being more alert for the day and more productive. Plus, how great does it feel, knowing you've already made an investment in your health before your day has barely started?

2. Morning means getting it done.

Many people who are retired or have a few hours when the kids are in school still choose to workout in the early morning. Why? Well, there’s something to be said for getting it done. It’s that early-bird-gets-the-worm thing. When you tell yourself, I’ll exercise later today, you create opportunity for distraction, detours and tiredness. Later can easily turn into never. And for those of us who travel, I know that client dinners and late nights working often derail a well-intended workout. Good intentions don't count. (Sorry, a little tough love!) Get your exercise in early. If it’s the first thing, or one of the first things you do in your day, there’s less chance of your workout getting postponed or derailed and then you will be more consistent with your exercise in the long run.

3. Your mornings feel better. 

You're showered, dressed and your workout is done. Now you can meet your day feeling empowered and vibrant.

When you exercise first thing, you get a sense of accomplishment and a boost in confidence that can carry you throughout your day. Once your exercise is finished, you'll be ready to tackle the next challenge. You already started your day strong, and you'll want to hang on to that feeling the rest of the day. Start strong, stay strong and finish strong with an early morning workout!

If you need some motivation, know you aren't alone! I'm up working out at 5:30am, three days of the week, and between 8 and 9am on the other days and weekends.

Early exercisers are all around you! Isn't that motivating? Will you join us?

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