Mornings are not everyone's best friend. Some of us love them, some of us hate them, but no matter what, they happen every day. One of the best ways to make sure you're making the most of them and getting everything you can out of them is by adding a morning exercise routine into the mix. It has more benefits than you have probably ever even thought of.

It's easier said than done, we know. The temptation to keep hitting the snooze button is a tough thing to tame. Doing it, though, could seriously change your life. It really can be that dramatic. If you're still not quite convinced, here are some of the biggest ways it impacts your day and the benefits you're missing out on. It's just a day away.


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Sense of Satisfaction

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One of the first points to consider when thinking about the benefits of morning exercise is the huge sense of accomplishment you get. It's a big deal, after all. You’ve managed to make such a positive change to your life and completed something that’s good for you in the long run without giving in to the temptation of a slightly longer lie in. Go you.

The great news is that it isn't short term either. It lasts all day. This satisfaction should keep with you throughout the day and even into the near future so that you remember why you feel how you do and motivate you to keep it up. You’ll be surprised at the wonders it will do for you. It's awesome.

Increased Alertness

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This one is a mind-blower: did you know that the effects of exercise can even take you to another level at work too? (according to Harvard anyway!) Morning exercise also means you’ve already been physically active before work, stimulating your blood flow and making you more alert and ready for anything that can occur with the rest of your day!

The feel-good feeling that comes after a good workout is always beneficial to your day as you feel fitter physically almost instantly afterwards. Indirectly it helps too. You're much more likely to make healthier choices all day. You'll probably want to snack less, eat healthier, and generally be more active. The effects are genuinely long-lasting.

Endorphin Release

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Physical benefits that come from morning exercise aren’t the end of the story either, though. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which are the chemical hormone creating the feeling of happiness. They make your mood so much better than pre-workout, and you’ll feel even more glad about what you’ve managed to accomplish.

These endorphins don’t just make you feel good, either. The general positivity they provide should help you be more productive throughout your day and even help prevent increased stress and anxiety from things that would usually get you a little bit down. It's a day maker.

Testosterone peak

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Staying on the science-y side of things, there's a biggie for building muscle too. Mornings are actually when the human body’s testosterone levels are at their peak too. The testosterone hormone is what gives you the best results from your workout, making mornings the most efficient time to exercise. You should see more from your efforts than you usually would.

This should affect your workout at the time as well, as you should feel in your physical peak to be able to lift that extra weight or run that extra 10 minutes. It all helps you feel even better than you would’ve done just from doing your typical workouts that you know and love already.

Develop A Natural Pattern

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Once you’ve managed to start getting yourself a workout before starting your day, you can almost immediately begin to see patterns forming. You’ll be able to get out of bed to do it again much easier than you could before, and you may even find yourself excited to do it again.

This pattern will help you be more productive and to get better sleep in general in addition to this. In general, with the feel-good feeling it gives to you and the lack of obstacles that are there to stop you in the morning. It’s definitely worth considering!

More Free Time

When looking at a morning exercise routine, we have to look at the sheer practicality of it. No matter how busy your daily life is, chances you can get up 30 minutes earlier to start your day and fit in a workout. You can hit the gym on your way to work or use the exercise bike you've bought to work out at home. There's a tonne of stuff you can do; it's all down to your preference.

Once you've gotten your workout out of the way, it's done. You have the rest of the day to reap the rewards and not have to worry about cramming in some exercise later on, your day is your own. You’ll be more productive and much more satisfied knowing you’ve already put in the work to make a healthier you!

Staying Motivated

Another awesome point to think about when you’re working out in the morning is how much more motivated you’ll feel when you’re done. There are few things more satisfying than knowing you have the willpower to get yourself out of bed and making positive changes to your life. You’re the champion of your own fitness.

You'll be so happy with your workout that you'll likely stay motivated for the rest of your day too. No matter what life has to throw at you, you’ll be ready to tackle it head-on and give it your all. We really can’t sing its praises enough!

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Building Healthy Habits

Doing anything early in your day is a good way to start making a serious and long term impact on life. Exercising in the morning is absolutely no different. Once you've done it a few times, you'll get yourself into the habit, and you'll probably even miss it when you need to take a rest day.

It’s one of the best ways to get a serious commitment to your fitness going as you see all of these benefits falling into place, and you run out of excuses not to do it. Healthy habits, in general, are crucial to living a healthy lifestyle. It will probably be the inspiration to get you making other positive changes in your daily life, too, to make sure that you aren't wasting your hard work and effort.

You've Done a Workout

It may seem too obvious to mention, but it needs to be said. Exercising in the morning means that you’ve actually managed to fit in a good workout! Exercise is so important to keep yourself happy and healthy! You’ll push yourself to make positive changes to your fitness and make a happier version of yourself, reaching goals you normally may not have the time to work for.

The mental benefits of exercise will be there too. Not only will you feel better about your body for making steps in the right direction, but you’ll also have a rush of endorphins that comes from exercising at any time of day!

It might seem hard to get out of bed in the morning, but it really is worth it in the long run. Finding out what workout plan works for you is vital, and a morning exercise routine could be just what you need without even realising it. It may well be the best decision you make this month. Give it a try and see what you think; you'll be no worse off than you started!

Ultimately, the more exercise that you can get, whenever you can get it is the best way to move forward. Mornings are one of the better times to exercise but do what you enjoy the most. It has to be long term sustainable, after all.

Good luck!


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Before beginning any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician, doctor or other professional. This is especially important for individuals over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Exercise.co.uk assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained using our advice.

If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.