The Benefits of an Early Morning Sweat
Written by Holden Rethwill
We’ve all been there before: My alarm clock is set, I’m ready to get up and get an early morning sweat tomorrow. Fast forward 7 hours, as the night flies by in what seems like a blink, and that obnoxious alarm goes off. You think to yourself, “Ehhh sleep sounds better.”
Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of mornings like this! However, choosing to stay in bed could mean you’re missing out on some great opportunities.
Consistency & Discipline
There are multiple benefits to training in the morning; the first being that it builds consistency and discipline. If you were to take a poll, the majority of gym owners would agree that their most consistent crews are the ones that drag their rear ends out of bed at the crack of dawn. Before the chaos of the day starts, these people are in the gym, taking care of themselves physically, so that afterwards they can focus on the other priorities of their lives. By coming in the mornings, these people are eliminating the opportunity for other distractions to interfere with their workout regimen, making it much easier to remain consistent. The discipline comes from, well let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard to get out of your comfy bed when it’s still dark outside! But they do it anyway.
The second benefit is that training in the morning will jump-start your metabolism and help to give you energy for the day. Working out increases your metabolism and keeps it elevated for hours. Don’t believe me? Looking for the more scientific evidence of training and metabolism? Take a look at the blog post Training for Fat Loss written by Calvin Sun. He takes a deeper look at how an intense weight training session creates an afterburn effect where your metabolism is elevated for up to 38 hours after your training session. With this knowledge in mind, working out in the mornings will just kick start this process even earlier! You’ll leave feeling energized knowing that you’ve already taken care of yourself for the day! Not to mention, you’re much more likely to consume a healthy breakfast and water after a workout.
Avoid the Crowd
The third benefit to training in the morning is that the gym tends to be much less crowded. One of the beautiful things about our community here at Invictus is the organized chaos that goes on in the evenings. With group coaching, Olympic lifting, Rowing Club, and semi-private clients all working out at the same time, things can get a little crazy from time to time! Most people love it, but that may not be for you. The morning classes tend to be much less chaotic as there is only group coaching and semi-privates occurring at the same time. So if you’re someone that likes things a little calmer, the morning is perfect for you!
Shiny Happy People
Last but not least, what is better than starting your day off with an awesome crew of smiling coaches ready to get you energized and prepared for the day?! Plus, you get to hang out with me Monday through Thursday at the downtown location, and that’s an added benefit in and of itself!
So if you’re one of those people that struggles finding time in the evenings to get a consistent workout regimen together, or one of those people that needs an extra kick in the rear to get your day started, I encourage you to come check out the morning classes. You may have to go to bed and get up a little bit earlier, but give it a shot and see how it affects the rest of your day!