If you struggle to get up and active in the mornings, it’s not because you’re lazy. There are a variety of biological reasons for our lethargic morning state, from having a poor sleeping pattern to what season it is. Our body clock always wants to get its full 7 hours of sleep no matter how late we stayed up, and is also set to wake with the rising sun. So particularly in the winter, when it’s still dark outside despite it being 7am, our body doesn’t feel the need to fully wake up yet. That’s why we often feel those lazy mornings. The mind is just still in a docile mode, but actually rewards you when you get out of bed and start moving. Our brains love early morning exercise, as it keeps it awake and aware, and can make for a much healthier lifestyle. Here’s why it can be a struggle to wake up sometimes, and why a morning workout would be much appreciated for both body and mind.
Why We Should Get Up And Active In The Morning
A major benefit of morning exercise is its-post exercise effects. Your body burns more calories after your morning exercise than it would do normally. So that means, even when driving your car or sitting at work you are still burning doing more of a workout than you would normally. It’s a win win situation. It’s called Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption, with one studying proving that participants burned an extra 190 calories in the 14 hours after exercise than similar participants who didn’t exercise. The more you manage to do this, the better it gets. Once you’ve managed those first few difficult times, as you push yourself to get out of bed, routine will kick in. You will be more likely to get the work-out done, and more likely to stick to it consistently. Also by working out in the morning, your exercise is less likely to conflict with your other daily activities. A final bonus is the kick you get from the release of endorphins, starting your day in a less stressed and happier mood.
How To Pull Ourselves Out Of Bed
When your body clock and sleeping pattern has been frazzled from late nights or the changing of the seasons, it makes it more difficult to get up. Starting to gradually shift to earlier nights, will almost instantly correspond to easier mornings. It makes sense, and studies say that sleeping earlier and waking earlier actually improves the type of sleep you get across those hours. Another thing you can do to make it that bit easier for yourself is get a morning light alarm clock, for a natural wake up. These clocks replicate the sun’s light as it comes up in the morning, allowing your body to wake up naturally and gradually rather than the sudden start of a regular alarm clock. With these clocks you will feel more replenished and more likely to get straight out of bed.
Overall working out in the morning and getting up early, despite what your brain tells you on those lazy mornings, is far better for you all round. Try any of these points to improve your health and your fitness; but also to just start the day with a spring in your step!