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- An early morning workout shows that health and fitness are a priority in your life. If it’s the first thing you do in the morning, it must be important.
- When you schedule your workout in the morning, there are very few scheduling conflicts that can get in the way. A later workout time is forced to compete with other responsibilities and appointments.
- Exercising soon after you wake up jumpstarts your metabolism for the day. A healthy metabolism is an active metabolism.
- You have to want to make it happen. A healthy lifestyle has to be a priority in your life. The way to accomplish a workout is to plan it, schedule it, and follow through.
- Get your body used to the schedule. Though it’s ok to sleep a little later on your non-workout days, it’s best to go to bed and get up at a similar time every day…give or take an hour or so.
- Get adequate sleep. Most studies recommend sleeping between 7 and 8 hours every night. My sweet spot is about 7 hours on the nights I’m getting up at 5 a.m. and about 7 ½ to 8 on the nights I’m sleeping slightly later. Part of planning your morning workout is planning your sleep the night before.
- Eat a light breakfast before you workout and continue to eat about every two hours throughout the day. Keeping your body fueled all day will help with your energy level up during your early workout.