I don't know about you but sometimes when it comes to doing your workouts in the evening, by the time it comes time to put on those workout shoes the willpower is gone! Have you ever felt like that?
I know when I first started working out I was working full time, we had just had our oldest daughter so we were new parents, the budget was tight, and any time we had to spend together was in the evening so we had to choose between either spending time as husband/wife or working out (and if we had even thought about doing a couples workout, it may not have been as bad but we didn't think of that at the time!)
For many of our clients and challengers who struggle with the same thing, I recommend that they try doing a morning workout for a number of reasons:
1. You can get it done first thing then you have the most determination and the least number of excuses. And when I say "When your willpower is strongest", I really mean it---by the time you get to the end of your workday, you've had to make so many decisions that you really do have a limited about of "willpower strength". If you choose to do your workout first thing you'll have the best shot of following through.
2. It will give you more energy throughout your day. It gets the blood pumping and most people find it makes you more alert throughout the rest of your day.
3. For some people you'll find that since you already invested in the time and effort to do a workout you'll make healthier choices throughout the rest of the day so you don't ruin what you've done.
Morning workout tips
So hopefully I've at least given you a few reasons to give this a shot. What are some practical ways that you can actually start using this and what do you do if you think this will be a real struggle?
Tip #1: Try to get some caffeine in your system
Caffeine is a strong ergogenic that can not only help you start the day off right and have a little more energy in your workout, but it helps to release those fatty acids and start burning those off right away. If you can squeeze in the coffee first thing (get the pot going as soon as you wake up), and maybe do some quick Yoga (see Tip #2), and by the time the caffeine kicks in you'll be good to go.
Here's what I use if you're not a coffee person.
It also serves as a diuretic so post workout, you may feel, umm, lighter... ;)
Tip #2: Start your day with 4-5 minutes of Yoga
Yoga has a number of benefits but most of all, it helps you to relax first thing in the morning, put everything else aside and focus on just your workout, and get your mind and body prepared (even if it's just a short workout). If you are taking the time to workout in the morning, take a few minutes to prepare yourself so you get the most out of it.
Now, I'm not saying to get a full Yoga routine in here, but even just a few simple sun salutations work very well (even some of our Programs, like P90X3, incorporate some of these simple sun salutations right in the warm-up so you are good to go!)
How to do a Sun Salutation
Tip #3: Base your workout on how you feel that morning
If you get up that morning and after you finish your Yoga and you still aren't feeling fully recovered, don't do your hardest workout of the week that day. Substitute in a full Yoga, Pilates, or stretching workout, just do some light cardio/aerobic work, and take it easy.
Most people don't fully recover from doing a workout, especially when they start a program like one of the Beachbody programs we offer. But listen to your body---if you aren't recovered, don't push yourself. Even though a program says it's a 60 day program and you want to stay on track, listen to your body and take the time to recover properly otherwise you'll feel even worse the next day!
Want a great Recovery Workout that you can throw in when needed? Here's a program that I throw in when I know I can't do a hard Insanity or Asylum workout.
I hope these workout tips have helped you or at least given you some things to think about if you do start incorporating some morning workouts into your life. And don't be afraid to email me Bryan@AkersFitness.com if you need some more one-on-one help or if you want something you can do at home just starting out with your fitness.
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