Why you should be exercising in the morning.
I’ve been recently reading a book lately called “Better Than Before” and it’s all about how you shape your habits. What they’ve discovered is that if you start exercising early in the morning you have a 300x more greater success rate of sticking to it because that’s when your willpower is so strong.
When you’re awake in the morning, you’re feeling fresh, You don’t have anything that’s distracting you and you don’t have things that can get in your way.
That’s going to be the most optimal time for you to be able to get your exercise done because if you put it off until later on, that’s when excuses come up, that’s when work drains you, that’s when you get tired, and that’s when you can easily put it off, so instead of doing that, what they found is people who start any habit in the morning, whether it be a fitness habit, whether it be doing something new, you’re more likely to stick to it when you start it early in the morning.
You need to think about what are the healthy things you need to be implementing in your life and how do you knock it out of the way nice and early?
If it is getting into the habit of exercising then go to sleep in your gym clothes if you have to, just to be able to prepare yourself for that morning so you can get up and you can get straight to the gym.
That way, you’ve got no other reasons for excuses. You’ve got nothing else that’s come up. The benefits of exercising in the morning has been shown that it actually helps you sleep better, It helps you have more energy during the day and it improves your focus, so that’s the most optimal thing for you to do.
If you really want to start seeing results, you should start exercising in the morning if you haven’t already got that habit into place.
So now you know exercising in the morning is going to be more beneficial for you because you’re going to be able to stick to it longer, so let’s think about how you’d put that into place. The first thing I would suggest is if you can’t actually make it to the gym in the morning, do body weight exercises at home to get the habit ingrained first.
Always start with a small step.
If it’s too hard for you to go and drive down to the gym or it doesn’t open early in the morning, well then what you’ve got to do is be able to do something to start that habit.
You can do something as simple as body weight squats, body weight pushups, sit-ups, lunges, anything you can think of that’s going to help you ingrain that habit.
It doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym to start the new habit.
If you do those body weight things at home until you maybe find a gym that’s going to be open at that time or you find another way of doing it, then it’s going to be way more beneficial for you, so think about what’s the easiest thing you can implement.
Taking small steps first has also been proven That it’s the easiest thing for you to implement because when we try to make huge changes at a time, most people( including myself) don’t stick with it, but when you add just a little habit in, it’s so much easier.
Let’s say for the first two weeks, all you do is you focus on doing pushups. You do 10 pushups every morning. Then for the next week, you add in 10 pushups and 10 squats.
Every second week, you’re implementing just a little bit more. You’d start for two minutes, two weeks later you’re up to five minutes.
Before you know it, you’re doing half an hour of body weight exercises in the morning, and it’s now a habit. If you really want to take control of your health and fitness, like I say, start it early in the morning, get it knocked out of the way before any other distractions, before you have those excuses coming into your head, before your willpower gets depleted, and before you’re lacking energy from the rest of the day.