5 Reasons to Workout in the Morning

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I’m an early morning exerciser. For years I did the after work, evening workout thing and was o.k. with it. I would be drained from a day at work but would instantly feel revitalized once I started sweating. Now, with two kids, the morning works the best. And truthfully, I love it! I’ve always been a morning person so the switch was never really an issue. Plus, there are so many reasons to workout in the morning.

See the Sunrise

Hi, my name is Angela and I like sunrises, long walks on the beach and puppies.

So this isn’t really happening so much right now with daylight savings time and all, but a gorgeous sunrise is definitely a beautiful way to start the day. On clear days, I plan running routes that I know will have the best view. I’ve actually spent quite a few mornings chasing a sunrise just to see it at it’s peak. Totally makes my day marvelous.

Extra Energy

When I work out first thing in the morning, it sets the tone for the day. I feel energized, refreshed and relaxed at the same time. My exercise endorphins pump me up to tackle my to do list, keep up with my kids or stay focused at work all day long. You’d think I’d be crashing by 10 a.m. but that’s never the case.

Me Time

The morning is quiet. Really quiet. I’m alone with my thoughts and plans. I can work out a problem or I can come up with a brilliant idea. I can plan and prep for the day.

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Better Sleep

When I work out in the evening, I have a hard time falling asleep by 10 p.m. My endorphins would still be kicking away and not ready to quiet down anytime soon. With my zero dark thirty workouts, I’m ready for bed at a decent hour. I fall asleep immediately and stay asleep all night long.

No Excuses

The night before I set out all my workout clothes and gear. I set my alarm. Fortunately, I’m not a fan of the snooze button (I’ve never used it and never will). Sure it’s nice and cozy in bed but once I’m up and out of bed, it’s go time. Plus, no one will schedule a get together, a meeting or any other event at 5 a.m. No excuses. Get your workout done and get on with your day.

Of course, really the best time to exercise is ANY TIME that you can fit it in. If you absolutely can’t fathom working out in the morning, don’t do it. Ron thinks I’m absolutely nuts for waking up so early. He prefers the evening. We’re all different. You just have to find what works for you.

When is your perfect workout time?

58 comments on “5 Reasons to Workout in the Morning

  1. I used to be a morning exerciser for all the reasons that you listed and mainly because I knew that I would get it done first thing in the morning and not have to worry about it. Now, my clock seems to have flipped and I’m not a night owl. I would like to get back to mornings!
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  2. Yes, I am with you in the mornings. I personally like the 3 pm hour but I am not in college anymore so 5 am it is! Sometimes on the weekend I sleep in (gasp) and run around 8 am. I always regret not getting it in earlier.
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  3. I prefer to work out in the morning, but sometimes I have to wait until after I drop the kids off at daycare. Even if it’s late morning, I love to get my run or swim done and have the rest of the day before me. It definitely sets the tone. Lately I’ve had to squeeze in some late evening workouts, and, while I’m glad to get them in, I much prefer my early bird routine! I’m not a night owl!
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  4. I really wish I was a morning person – you make this sound so lovely! I workout at night and I love the fact that I’m fully fueled and had time to hydrate before running. I also love when I’m able to get to the park after work because it’s a great way to relieve all the stress of the day. I may have to try a few morning workouts though because you make it sound pretty awesome!
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  5. I did morning workouts for a few months in 2013 and it was great. But, all of a sudden, it was like m body did a switcheroo on me and I could not get out of bed early enough to exercise before work. When I am off from work for long breaks, I will get my workout done in the morning and it feels great!
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  6. I prefer mid-morning because I’m a little more warmed up and aware but not so bogged down by the day. If I wake up earlier, this isn’t too late. Of course, this isn’t always possible since you know, people work. I hardly ever take a rest day on weekends though because of this love of mid-morning workout and just working out in general.
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  7. I definitely prefer to workout in the mornings but with the boys up around 6am – it’s not happening! I usually have to wait until 9:30 most days but I’ve gotten used to it. It’s a heck of a lot better in the winter – I’ll tell ya that!!! But I absolutely agree with ALL your reasons. Someday I’ll be able to run in the mornings again *sigh*.
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  8. I’m definitely a morning exerciser, though I can go to the gym for strength in the afternoon without a problem. But running? No way, if it doesn’t get done in the morning, it doesn’t get done.

    Your point about sleep is so right. Years ago when I did go to a club track workout in the evening, I always slept poorly afterward. I just couldn’t let go and relax and it took me ages to fall asleep.
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  9. Can’t agree with you more! Exercising in the early morning and then having a shower used to give me energy for the whole day. Yet I have been quite occupied recently and always have excuses not doing workouts. Even though I do less workouts, I feel less energetic.

  10. I’m a morning workout-er too. 5AM, I get up (after laying out my clothes the night before and knowing in my head what the workout will be), get in my workout, have some coffee, mess around on the computer for a few minutes and take a shower. All before 6:30 when I start waking kids up.

    Besides I can workout in whatever clothes I want :-)
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  11. I LOVE all these reasons…..I just can’t make it happen lol. No actually if I have a running group I can get up every time but by myself is a no go. Which is weird b/c I actually am a morning person, but I just workout much more effectively after being awake for at least an hr or 2.
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  12. I wish I could be someone who loves working out in the morning, but I’m a nighttime girl! The only exception is for my long runs. I love the peacefulness and quiet of getting in a good long run before the rest of the world is even up.
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  13. What a gorgeous sunrise! I have to work out in the morning, or it doesn’t get done, for the simple reason that life takes over. However, I usually don’t go first thing…I usually meet a friend after we get the kids off to school. We’ve been snowshoeing instead this week…there’s a ton of snow…and now we are going to get more. And the track that we have made is going to be gone and we will have to start over. :)
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  14. I used to always work out after work but the past few weeks Ive been doing 1-2 runs a week in the morning. I still don’t love going to the gym in the AM but Im starting to absolutely love morning runs. I used to run 3-4 miles as a zombie and now I have no problem waking up 30 minutes earlier to do 5-7.
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