Morning Jog in London, image credit

by Beth Connolly

In my last post, I said that you should get up early regardless of whether you work out or use the extra morning time to do other things.  In this post, I’m going to give you ten reasons why you should use this time to work out. If any Spartans out there want to add on to this list, please leave a comment below!

You guarantee yourself that you work out.  If you wake up at 5:30 every morning, you could be at the gym or outside on a run by 5:45.  By 6:45, you’re done with the day’s workout.  By making physical exercise the first task of your day, you give it your number one priority slot.  If you plan to work out at lunchtime, or after work, you are taking a huge risk that any number of a things will happen:

You’ll be asked to do another task that seems more important because it is important to your boss or your client or your family, and you have to put it as a higher priority than your workout.
You’ll get tired and won’t have the energy to work out.
You’ll be in a bad mood because so much BS has happened during the day that you won’t want to work out.  Negative energy is contagious–once you build resentment at things that happen to you during the day, the last thing the negativity wants is for you to dispel it with a satisfying workout.
You will experience increased focus and general clarity during the rest of the day.
You will be less likely to rely on external stimulants like coffee and sweets to get things done.
Your physical immune system will be strengthened, and you will be more likely to overcome any external toxins you are exposed to during the day.
Your emotional immune system will be strengthened, and you’ll be more likely to process and release stressful experiences during the day rather than store them in your body as muscle tension and stiffness.
Since you’re more in tune with your body, you will be more likely to eat healthfully and in accordance with your natural appetite during the day.
You actually enjoy your workout more in the morning because your head is clear.  You might feel foggy when you first wake up, but as soon as the fog lifts, you are in workout mode, not distracted by things that have happened during the day.
Increased focus during the workout leads naturally to increased intensity.
You will sleep better.  Because you’re waking up earlier, you will fall asleep much easier than you did before.  Your body will be exhausted from the workout, so you’ll know when it’s time to go to bed.  By contrast, exercise in the afternoon or early evening energizes you and keeps you awake later at night.

And the number one reason you should work out during the morning?

Actions speak louder than words, especially for Spartans.  This means that working out every morning, before you do anything else, gives your body a very specific message:

I am strong, I am alive, I am a fighter.

By making physical fitness your first priority each day, it becomes your first priority during the rest of the day as well.

6 Responses

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    Those are compelling reasons even for a nightbird like me. I am going to seriously consider your suggestion!

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    I work for a company that allows me a flexible work schedule. I recently changed my hours from 8-5 to 7-4. That way I can still work out mostly in daylight (I am not a fan of gyms), but I still wake up every morning at 5:45 and do a couple of exercises.

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    This is a wonderful article and full of truth. Despite being a night owl myself, I get up at 5:30 six days a week to workout. My body has adjusted to the early(er) to bed and early to rise, and I’ve actually grown to love it. There’s nothing like going to the garage to weight lift or doing a WOD outside when it’s still dark. There really is something motivating about it, and the tone that it sets for the rest of the day is unbeatable. It’s very helpful for me to get my heart rate up, my metabolism burning, and my mind clear before I start work. I would recommend the habit to everybody!!

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    Also, training on an empty stomach first thing in the morning is an excellent fat burning strategy.

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    I love being able to say, “I do more before 8 am than most people do all day.” Then I usually do more all day than most people do all day.

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    I think the air is clearer in the early morning, fewer cars on the road. It’s quiet and you have it mostly to yourself.

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