By; Cati Davis CPT
There are few things better than starting off your day with an awesome workout. Cati, one of our 5am FIT Camp coaches personally loves to raise and shine at an early hour. Check out some reasons why she is such a big fan of the 5am workout!
We all know our body thrives off of routine. Waking up for a 5am workout can help you build routine. Having a set “appointment” will help prevent hitting the snooze button in the mornings. and begin to head to the gym to get in your workout for the day.
More energy and focus for the day
When we exercise hormones known as endorphins are released. These endorphins can trigger a positive feeling in your body, which can then lead to a great start to the work day. Working out helps clear your mind and set the standards for your day.
Don’t skip it, dominate it
Have you ever scheduled a workout on your calendar for an evening after work? Sounds great at the time, right? That’s until, your boss asks you to stay late to finish a project, or better yet, co-workers ask if you want to do happy hour after work. Or maybe, your energy is depleted from the day, the couch is calling your name, and your favorite trashy tv show is on tonight. Set the alarm a few minutes earlier in the morning to get that 5am workout in. That way, if Suzie from 3 cubicles over wants to hang out, your schedule is free and your workout is already done for the day!
Better night’s sleep
Back to Endorphins! When you exercise, your body excretes those energy boosting hormones. Gaining that energy and trying to go to bed after a workout can cause for a hard time falling asleep and a restless night. This is where the 5 am workout comes into play. Your workout is done for the day and when 9 or 10 pm rolls around, your body is telling you to get some good rest for the night. This can also help build routine and make the morning a little easier to wake after a good night’s rest.
Eating habits and hydration
Getting that 5 am workout in can help set healthy eating standards and adequate hydration for the day. Most likely you aren’t eating a strawberry filled glazed doughnut before or after your morning run or heading to FIT Camp. You want to get a good meal that fuels your body for your day, not drag you down. You are also grabbing that bottle of water before leaving the house, which is a great way to start hydrating early in the day and continue it throughout with water intake. Starting your day with a healthy balanced breakfast is going to help keep you going for the rest of the day with choosing better eating habits.
If you would like to make the change and be part of the #5amClub, we would love to have you! If you are not yet part of the Forward Fitness family, email Suzanne at Suzanne@ForwardFitnessSTL.com. She will be happy to get you set up to rock your 5am workouts!