Throw in early commutes to work, non-sleeping children and just plain tiredness and yes it can be hard to convince ourselves to crawl out from under the warm doona to greet the morning in runners and lycra. But the benefits really do outweigh the negatives in the long run.
I’ve been an early morning exercise convert since my late teens. I remember waking up at 6:30am to tune into Aerobics Oz Style with June, Wendi, Michelle and Effie for a half hour of routines to get my day started. Tragic but true!
I have mixed it up in years to follow with morning walks, an albeit unsuccessful stint of running, some yoga, a boot camp here and there and my latest fad DVD, ‘Jillian Michaels’30 day shred’. Even during my pregnancies I managed to get up and switch on my Preggi Bellies DVD, first thing in the morning.
Ali Cavill, Personal Trainer and owner of Fit Fantastic agrees that mornings are a great time to commit to training.
“Early mornings are one of the most peaceful times to workout, without the pollution, crowd and hustle and bustle of peak times, and minus the fatigue of having put in a day’s work so people experience more energy and drive to complete the workout.”, says Ali.
And it is not only the physical benefits of working out that early morning workouts provide.
“Morning workouts ensure you feel fresh and energised to start your day and the boost of endorphins will increase the ability to deal with stressors that arise in everyday activity.”
Setting your clock to sync with the sunrise also ensures that your workout gets done. Often we find ourselves lost for time during the day and some things just have to give and often the workout is the first one.
So the big question…how do you motivate yourself to get out of bed?
Ali offers some great tips:
And remember, it takes 30 days to form a habit. Make a commitment to yourself to exercise in the mornings for the next month and see what a difference it makes. Before long, you may even be hooked!
Are you a morning exercise devotee? How do you fit in working out in your busy life?