Don’t be put off by an early morning boot camp. There’s tonnes of scientific research that points to the health benefits of exercising in the morning. Everything from reducing stress, increasing creativity and being more productive are linked to not hitting the snooze button at 538am.
My personal motivations are listed below, but if we’re being honest – there’s a certain smugness to arriving at work having already been awake and productive for 3 hours!
A morning fitness session boosts your energy for the whole day. You’ll be in better shape to face another morning of the crush of #cityfail, the push on the bus or cramming yourself into the lightrail along with half of the Inner West’s sum population of high school students.
Believe it or not, you’re actually more likely to exercise in the mornings because you’re less stressed in the mornings. After a busy stressful day in the office, you’re more likely to slump into the lounge and only move to open the door for the food delivery driver.
When you wake up early, you have more time to think about the day ahead, making you more productive. Early risers tend to be more focused, organised and energised than their snooze-smashing counterparts.
You’ll be a better all-round person after exercising. It puts you in a better mood, releasing hormones in the brain to improve your mood and well-being.
If you manage to get up early twice a week for 5 weeks to exercise, you’ll have proved to yourself that anything is possible.
Matt is the owner and operator of Pride Fitness. When time allows, he writes things here.