Working out first thing in the morning provides multiple benefits, such as jump-starting your metabolism and energizing you for the rest of the day. But you may not be getting the most out of your morning exercise routine. To maximize your efforts you need fuel, rest, and motivation.
When you wake up, it’s been hours since you’ve eaten, and your bodily systems have slowed. Eating a balanced breakfast of carbs and protein can give you the energy you need to sustain your workout. What’s more, studies show that eating breakfast before exercising helps you burn more calories.
Fruit or fruit juice will give you the carbs you need. Whole-grain cereal or granola is a great balance between carbs and protein, and coupled with yogurt, you may have all the nutrition you need. Avoid large portions or anything heavy, greasy, or high in fat.
Get Better Sleep
You’ll feel more motivated to get up and move if you’ve had a good night’s sleep. Even better, your workout will be more effective. You’ll have the energy to move faster for longer and with more precision. A regular nighttime routine is the best way to sleep well. Start winding down a couple hours before bedtime, avoid food and drink (especially caffeine and alcohol), and give your mind time to rest.
The type of mattress you use can make a huge difference in your comfort, especially if you have a tendency toward back or joint pain. An air mattress can reduce pains and bedsores so you can sleep better throughout the night. If you’re sore and achy in the morning, consider changing your mattress.
If your mornings in your home seem chaotic, try getting organized for your morning workout the night before. Being organized will prepare your mindset for working out. Lay out your workout clothes, along with your work clothes if you’re changing at the gym.
Have your breakfast prepared (and lunch, if you take it with you), and make sure everything is ready for tending to pets or children in the morning. Then, set your alarm with at least 15 minutes to spare for the unexpected.
Morning workouts can be invigorating, as long as you are working out regularly and are properly prepared for your fitness routine. You’ll enjoy the benefits of your exercise more if you are organized, well rested, and fully fueled.
Check out this article for tips for working out at home when you don’t have much space!