The great debate---should you workout in the morning or in the evening? I used to struggle with this and honestly, I've done both and can argue both sides. However, after doing some research and investigating, I've discovered that there are a few more benefits to getting your workout done in the a.m.
#1 You are making it a priority. Honestly, there are times when I am so busy (as I'm sure you are as well! Hello working parents who are busy with after school activities and making dinner!) And the last thing I want to do when I finally get the kids to bed is put on my workout clothes and get moving!
I mean, I will if necessary... lol. But it's not ideal ;)
#2 Scientifically, it works better with your hormones. Seriously! There's a hormone on your body called cortisol that's been getting a lot of press lately... "Cortisol this and cortisol that..."
If you don't know what it is, basically it's an "anti-stress" hormone that naturally elevates in the morning. It helps to prepare your body for stressful situations (like dealing with crazy co-workers and morning traffic) during the day.
Any type of intensive exercise can create cortisol or cause it to elevate.
So if we are trying to keep in the swing of our natural hormonal responses, if we get our workouts in early in the morning when our cortisol levels are actually up, it can work to our advantage.
The exercise is going to increase those levels so it's going to work like a "kick-starter" for your body and naturally get you ready for the day versus if you waited until the evening when you are wanting to cortisol levels to drop and start letting melotonin do it's work and get your body ready to sleep.
On the other hand, let's say you do your workout in the evening...
Your body is starting to slow down the production of cortisol and increase melatonin. But you are just putting on your workout clothes and getting ready to get after it with your workout. And guess what happens to those coritsol levels post workout? Up they go! And guess what happens to your melotonin levels? They don't increase like they are supposed to because of the increased cortisol levels, resulting in making it a little more difficult for your body to really enter into those stages of sleep that you really need to get to let your body heal.
So, besides making it a priority, the hormone reasons really do make a difference in your overall health and well being.
I know... at first it can be tough getting yourself up to get your workout shoes on and pop in that workout DVD or whatever you do for your workouts, but it's so worth it.
Give it a shot.
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See you there,
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