Squeezing in time for a workout isn’t always easy in a work, family or school balancing act — but fitness pros explain that making exercise a priority provides both physical and mental heath benefits.
The advantages of early workouts range from boosting your energy, to getting a positive mindset to benefiting from prolonged health benefits including better sleep quality.
First, though, to fuel a workout, Dr. Matt Tanneberg, a chiropractor and certified strength and conditioning specialist in Scottsdale, Arizona, suggested a small amount of “good carbs” and fat such as a banana with almond butter.
Morning exercise improves your mental heath
Engaging in a morning exercise can significantly enhance your workday productivity, said Ashley Castleberry, a NASM-certified personal trainer and nutrition coach from tgffitness.com in Brandon, Florida.
“Early workouts trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevators, leading to improved mood and mental clarity throughout the day,” Castleberry told Fox News Digital.
A research study from the University of Bristol revealed that employees who exercised before going to work or during lunch breaks were better equipped to handle the challenges of the day.
Morning exercise can boost your energy
Morning exercise may also provide sustained energy levels.
“This metabolic kick-start helps in maintaining consistent energy, reducing the midday slump many experience,” Castleberry added.
Morning exercise can improves your focus or cognitive function
Exercise first thing in the morning can enhance your attention, decision-making, memory and may provide a shaper mind to tackle your workday, said Castillo.
In addition, mental clarity can boost productivity and mental stamina, experts said.
Morning exercise can lead to better sleep qualit
We know how a good night’s sleep is crucial for cognitive function, mental stamina and energy during your workday.
Morning exercise promotes self confidence
Morning exercise has not only been proven to boost your energy — but it can support a positive mood.
‘We all feel better and ‘accomplished’ after we exercise,” said Dr. Tanneberg.
“When we start the day off with a big ‘to-do’ already accomplished in getting through a workout, you can take your extra energy boost and apply that to your work and the rest of your day.”
And, according to personal trainer Castleberry, post-exercise, eat a balanced meal with proteins, healthy fats and complex carbs, such as scrambled eggs with avocado on whole grain toast.