(WXYZ) – Do you have good intentions of exercising after work or dinner? But then something comes up and it seems you never have time?
If you struggle with consistency, it may be time to start exercising in the morning.
Research suggests people who rise early to work out are better with making exercise a consistent habit
You may think you can’t do it, but anyone can do these 5 lifestyle habits to train yourself to become a morning exerciser.
First, you need to eat right the night before with lean protein, veggies and healthy fats.
Skip heavy late-night meals and don’t eat 90 minutes before you head to bed, so your stomach has time to digest your food.
Next, you need to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. If you plan to get up at 6 am, you need to be sleeping between 10 and 11 pm. If you typically hit the sack late, slowly move your bedtime up by 15-30 minutes at a time.
Third, find something to look forward to. Create a new playlist to listen to or buy some new gym clothes to wear. It’ll make the gym look more appealing.
Fourth, reach out to friends and ask them to meet you at the gym or a park for a walk or run. Working out with a buddy makes you more accountable and less likely to abandon the plan.
And lastly, be prepared. The night before, make sure your gym gear, snacks, and water are all set to go. You’ll get to sleep a few more minutes and won’t have to think too much before heading out the door.
As always, I have my prescriptions:
- Your body temperature is lower in the morning so give yourself extra time to warm up.
- If you’re a big eater in the morning, wait an hour and a half before exercising. The blood heads to your digestive tract following a meal, not your muscles.
- If you’re not sure at first what time works best for you, try experimenting with different times to see how you feel before and after you exercise.
- Once you find a time that works, stick with it so that exercise becomes a habit.
Research has found those who work out in the morning may actually improve their sleep. And poor sleep can influence hormones that affect appetite.
So that’s a great motivating reason right there to work out early. So give it a try, you might be amazed at how energized you feel throughout the day.
Copyright Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Data pulled from WXYZ