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Benefits of Exercising Before Work

5 Reasons to Exercise Before Work

I know that exercising in the early a.m. before you head to work can be a real challenge. If you aren't a morning person, missing out on sleep can seem very unappealing, but here are some reasons you may want to set your alarm for an early morning workout.

  1. It's usually a peaceful, quiet time of day, so it can be a great opportunity to think and get some time alone.
  2. Exercising in the morning wakes up your brain, clears your mind, and helps you organize your thoughts or your mental to-do list, preparing you for the day ahead.
  3. If you get it done first thing, then you won't have to worry about trying to squeeze it in to your busy schedule, especially if you have kids. Plus, studies have shown morning exercisers are more consistent.
  4. Exercising helps get things moving, digestively speaking, so working out early can prevent getting backed up later on in the day.
  5. Since working out on an empty stomach can cause you to lose muscle, morning workouts will encourage you to eat breakfast, which has been proven to boost your metabolism, which helps to burn calories.
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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I've hit a rough patch in my life and having an extremely difficult time finding the motivation to work out anymore. But when I do work out, I prefer working out in the morning. :) I'm an early riser anyway and it really gives you so much energy. I didn't know that working out on an empty stomach causes you to lose muscle! I'll have to make more of an effort to eat breakfast from now on then.
pluckyred pluckyred 9 years
Like simbaspaws, I can never get a full workout in without running out of time - I don't like feeling rushed - and I like to shower at home. Furthermore, I also know a lot of people who work out at my gym and like the social time I get during my evening workouts. I don't mean being distracted from my workout, but saying hi to people I recognize, catching up. This is good for mental health! My current "after work" is 2pm because I work at 6:30am so morning workouts are out anyway. I still often wait until around 5 so that the familiar faces are there, even though I do like how empty the gym is in the mid afternoon and getting my workout done by the time most people are finishing work makes me feel productive.
in_a_dream_land in_a_dream_land 9 years
I never tried working out in them morning but I have read reasons why but it's so hard to wake-up even extra early for me.Maybe I have to go to bed early.So that way I won't be as sleepy and I had my full 8 hours of sleep.I may try to work-out in the morning when school is out but for now I work-out after school
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I always work out in the morning. It gives me a ton of energy and it definitely "gets things moving" so I just feel better all day long.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
I LOVE working out before work. I get it out of the way, its quiet at the gym, and it gets me going.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
I work out every day before work. It wakes me up and I have more energy. I also think twice about food choices I don't want to counteract the hard work I've already put into my health for the day.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
:D @ Minday I feel the same way... I torment my liver with enough happy hours... it's nice to give it an after-work break. For some reason, if I work out before work, I snack all day... and the closest thing to my desk is the candy for the clients... so I'll stick to my after-work workouts.
Jeny Jeny 9 years
I wake up at 7am, throw on my clothes, and head to the gym. I do cardio for about 45 minutes and be sure to set my coffee maker before I leave so it's waiting on me when I get back home. It reminds me all day to eat right and gets my metabolism going for sure. I do a short work out with weights at home at night with my yoga ball and mat : )
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
I love my morning workouts. Not only does it leave my day free for whatever I need/want to get done, but it also gives me such great energy for the rest of the day! I enjoy having my afternoons free to grab a drink with coworkers, run to the store, hang out with my bf or just sit on my couch and read, so this allows me to do any of the above and still know that I got something done for the day!
ahaynes ahaynes 9 years
I try to run in the mornings when I get a good night sleep the night before. While I do hate getting up in the morning, I feel great after I run, like I've accomplished something.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
All reasons are so true!! :)
smarler smarler 9 years
I prefer an evening workout, because I can focus all my attention on it, rather than worrying about having enough time. I also need the energy right after work, rather than just coming home and flopping down on the couch. Although, if I have to work late, I can adjust my schedule to make a morning work-out work for a few days.
JessiShaye JessiShaye 9 years
i am trying to make AM working out a priority but it is just not happening. i hate working out after work though. that is a time for errands and dinner plans..AM exercising it is.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I am an avid post work workout-er. I love it, after a stressful day, it is a great way to release! Plus it encourages me to miss happy hour every once an a while and save my liver!
kia kia 9 years
I tend to actually stick to a workout plan if I plan it for the a.m.
simbaspaws simbaspaws 9 years
I cannot work out in the morning. I can never get a full workout in without running out of time and I hate carrying all my stuff around. I need to shower at home. I like taking classes at the gym and usually there are not that many available in the morning. I also like going to the gym after work and it feels great, since I can get moving after sitting in the office all day. Also although working out in the morning gives me more energy initially, I am ready to nap by 1 pm and I cannot stay awake.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
I rather sleep, even its 3 minutes extra. I work out after work and I like just fine.
livyc livyc 9 years
i have gotten into the habit of walking to work (about 30 minutes) which helps me get focused for the day. Now i am trying to get back into the habit of working out after work to help get me tired up for bed and help round out my day
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
I prefer morning work outs because the gym or roads are still quite empty. In the evening, forget it. I hate having to wait for a treadmill, and the 30 minute limit sucks.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
I like morning workouts if the sun is out (spring/summer)because we can walk outside, in the winter, forget it!
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 9 years
Nope, I'm genetically a night owl I think, so I have a hard enough time waking up in the morning to get to work. I've tried to switch up the workouts to morning but the gravitational pull of my bed is too strong and more sleep always wins. I like working out in the evenings anyway, between work and dinner time is ideal for me.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 9 years
i've never tried working out in the mornings, but it's hard for me to even drag myself out of bed in time to work at 9am! if i was to start though, is it better to eat something before you start working out or grab breakfast afterwards?
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