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Morning or Night? - Chris Garrett Fitness | Dream-2-Reality | Team D2R

Morning or Night?


“Should I workout in the morning or in the evening?”  This is a very common question and after some research I have determined it is mornings… and here is why.  The good news for morning people is that people who exercise in the morning gain more benefits than people who work out at other times of day. This is not to say that just because you cannot exercise in the morning that you should not work out at all. It just means that morning exercisers enjoy even more health benefits by getting out of bed for physical activity.  During Power 90 we worked out every morning first thing and we didn’t miss our workouts!  When we jumped into P90X we did not make ourselves get up early every day to get our workout done and I can say from experience that forcing yourself to getting it done in the morning well help you stick with it.  We missed some workouts because we didn’t do it in the morning and let life get in the way the rest of the day.  Don’t make the same mistake we did!

What I suggest to everyone is that if you can arrange your schedule to work out in the morning the benefits are definitely worth it.  Now, I know it’s not easy, especially for those who can barely get out of bed when the sun comes up or the alarm goes off (like me).  Perhaps after reading these top five reasons why morning workouts will benefit you, you will change your mind and set the alarm 70 minutes early tomorrow morning!

1. Morning Exercisers Stick With It
With the fitness programs like P90X and Insanity, we all know how important it is to stick to the system and follow the schedule exactly if you want to see the best results. Studies have shown that people who exercise in the morning as their routine, are more likely to still be exercising one year later, when compared to those who exercise at other times of the day.  It will become part of your morning regimen – same way you need your coffee or need that morning shower, eventually you will NEED that morning fix of P90X!

2. Morning Exercisers Have More Energy
Although you may have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, the energy you create by exercising in the morning will sustain you through the day. You will have more energy to go to work, take care of the kids, or do whatever it is you do all day.  If you have trouble gathering the energy to press play in the evening after work, then perhaps setting your alarm earlier every morning and squeezing in the hour of P90X will be more beneficial to you!

3. Morning Exercisers Sleep Better
Most of us don’t have a problem getting tired and falling asleep; however exercising in the morning will help you sleep better at night. By getting up earlier, you will go to sleep earlier, hopefully finding your natural sleep cycle. Working out in the evening hours can create an adrenaline rush that may be hard to come down from and get some sleep.  I don’t recommend working out any less than two-hours before you go to bed.  Give yourself time to calm down and relax.  Also, going to bed right after working out can cause stiffness and soreness in the morning due to lactic acid build up.

4. Morning Exercisers Eat Better and Lose More Weight
A psychological and nutritional benefit that comes with morning exercise is a day of eating better. When wake up early to exercise, and spend an hour or more actually exercising before doing anything else, you will approach eating with a different mentality than if you exercise in the evening.  It is easier to avoid temptation and talk yourself out of eating unhealthily when you spend your waking hours sweating away the unwanted pounds. The fact that you got up and did something healthy and positive for your body will keep you from indulging or making the wrong food choices.

Working out in the morning will also jump start your metabolism throughout the entire day!  A faster metabolic rate is what everyone strides for who are dying to burn more fat and lose more weight.  Having your body engage in such intense workout rhythms first thing in the morning causes it to work in “over drive”, boosting your results, boosting your energy and of course boosting your metabolic rate!

5. Morning Exercisers Are in a Better Mood
We all know working out leads to adding muscle and losing fat, which leads to self-confidence and a boost in self esteem!  You will be proud for motivating yourself and getting up to exercise.  Exercise makes you feel good mentally as well as physically, and that feeling can last all day after a morning exercise routine!

 

6 comments
HT76
HT76

This article really is great and on the money. I used to only lift weights in the evenings. Results were mixed at best and I was "failinG". Since starting Power 90 this October, I've committed myself to workout in the mornings. I now wake up at 4:30am every day to make sure I get my work in before heading off to work. After two weeks in I can report A) huge increases in motivation to NEVER take a day off and confidence in myself to succeed, 2) an explosion in energy throughout the day, 3) Better diet habits. Now

Ryan
Ryan

I have a busy schedule especially at night so I want to do P90X in the morning. Some nights however I have specially long evening and I think it would be unwise to only get a few hours of sleep then wake up to do this workout. Would it be okay to alternate between morning and night exercises but still accomplish an exercise routine each day?

Jackie
Jackie

Chris & Tekoa - great post! This is very relevant for newbies to Power90 like myself. Thank you also to Emily for letting others like myself know how it's working for you. It's encouraging to read other people's feedback & stories. Sounds like you are one week ahead of me in Power90. I'm a stay-at-home mom too (due to layoff) and I have twin 15 month olds at home. From the moment I get up, I'm changing their diapers and feeding them breakfast. I've been doing my workouts during their naptime at 1:30pm. I'm planning to move the workout to the mornings but just need to "do it" and make the switch. I want to get this going before I become employed again so that my new routine isn't too overwhelming.

Coach Chris
Coach Chris

Hi Emily! Its funny how that works isn't it? I wake up about 2-3 minutes before my alarm goes off every morning... I love it! As far as our posts... We will continue to post new blogs on a regular basis. Our team is growing at a pretty fast regular pace now so we have a pretty large number of questions. We use those questions for blog ideas to help answer anybody else that may have the same questions! Lots more to come :)

Emily
Emily

Coach Chris, Thanks for your article, and all the information you've been posting lately. We are in week 3 of Power 90, and I'm finding all of these benefits you've mentioned to be so true! I'm not a morning person and my ideal time to get up is around 10:00, but being a homeschooling Mom to two wonderful girls doesn't give me that luxury. :-) When we first started I didn't know if I could get up with my alarm every morning, but I'm actually finding most mornings I wake up before the alarm goes off! Although I will say I am looking forward to day 91 or 92 so I can take a morning to sleep in. :-)

Coach Chris
Coach Chris

Yes absolutely! As long as you get your workout in each day, that is what is important.