7 Reasons to Hit the Gym in the Morning

7 reasons to hit the gym during the early morning


How A.M. Workouts Jumpstart Your Day
by Harold Irby, Personal Trainer | Health and Fitness | Monday, April 17, 2017

For a rare few, mornings are the best time of the day. The birds are chirping, the sun is rising, and the start of a new day feels invigorating. However, for the rest of us, pushing out of bed and into the world of consciousness is no easy task. But, if you want to take your lifestyle to the next level of healthiness, the snooze button needs to go. 

Wondering why you should stop hitting the snooze button and instead- hit the gym first thing in the morning? Here are seven solid reasons:

Reason #1: You’re in a Healthy Headspace

When the first thing you do in the morning is exercise- it does something to your mental state. Instead of thoughtlessly taking a bite of high-carb, high-sugar, low-energy food during the day, you’re more conscious about what you put into your body. After all, you woke up early to get your body in tip-top shape. No reason to waste your early-morning routine. On top of better food choices, you’re more likely to find opportunities to take a quick walk during the day when you start your day out right.

Reason #2: You’ll Need Less Caffeine

Do you feel like you spend most of your day traveling from your desk to the coffee machine? Get up earlier to work out and watch your need for liquid energy decrease. Sure, you may still enjoy a cup or two—you may even need a cup on the way to the gym, but hitting the gym early in the morning will give you an added boost of energy and mental clarity without caffeine.

Reason #3: You’ll Have Privacy

If you spend much time working out during lunch hours, then you know how frustrating it is to wait around for a weight machine or treadmill. You want to use every minute in the gym to push your body to its limits. Stop waiting on the bench by working out when everyone else is fast asleep. As an added perk, you won’t have to avoid that guy who always wants to talk when you’re trying to focus on your next rep. He’ll be in dreamland, far away from the gym.

Reason #4: You’re Ready for Work

On top of being more health-minded, you’ll find yourself feeling more confident after an early-morning workout. Are you expecting a big client flying in for a meeting? No problem. You just conquered a pre-dawn workout, showered all your sweat off, and ate a healthy, protein-rich breakfast. That little meeting is no problem, so bring it on!

Reason #5: Nighttime Is Your Time

When Friday rolls around, your family and friends aren’t always understanding of your workout routines. They beg and they plead with you to skip your workout (just this once!) so you can join them for a party or a night on the town. Eventually, you’re guilted into doing as they wish. Put together enough of those non-exercise evenings and your commitment is in trouble. Hit the gym early in the morning, on the other hand, and you can have your workout and be social in the evenings, too!

Reason #6: You’ll Stick with It

Nighttime fun isn’t the only reason you skip exercise. In fact, more often than not, a late night at the office or taking the kids to soccer practice does in your routine. So, if you want to meet your goals in the gym, get started on your routine in the morning, before your day gets started.

Reason #7: Your Body Thanks You

There are a lot of things that have to go right within your body in order for you to feel well and perform at your peak. You can help regulate a number of these processes by waking up at the same time each day and working out early. In fact, even if you’re not a morning person right now, within a few weeks of exercising in the morning, you will likely find yourself waking up earlier and feeling energized every day of the week, which enables you to do well at the gym or—on your off days, have fruitful mornings even away from the gym.

…And Don’t Forget Energy

On top of all these perks to early morning exercise, one of the biggest is that it jumpstarts your energy. Exercise early and you can enjoy a rise in your metabolism, energy, and fat burning that will last until your lunch hour and beyond!


Harold Irby is a certified personal fitness trainer and Mr. Michigan body building champion with over 20 years of experience in weight training, body building, sport specific training and strength conditioning. Harold has worked with many professional, college and high school athletes, as well as celebrities and business professionals seeking a healthy and fit lifestyle through his personal training and fitness center Xtreme Advantage

Photo credit: g-stock studio / Getty Images

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