Sherri McMillan

Is There Magic To The Morning?

Exercise provides countless benefits to your overall health regardless of when you workout. With that said, working out first thing in the morning definitely has many advantages.

Get The Endorphins Flowing

We’ve all heard of the runner’s high. It’s that feeling you get during and/or after your workouts when you feel great. As soon as you start moving, the blood starts circulating and the endorphins, your natural ‘happy-go-lucky’ drugs, start flowing and you instantly start feeling better. Movement creates energy so if you do a workout first thing in the morning, it will energize you and cause you to start your day feeling great versus exhausted or lethargic.

Boost Your Metabolism

When you first wake, you’ve been in a rested, sedentary state for 7-8 hours. An early morning workout will jumpstart your metabolism, and one theory is it will keep you revving at a higher level for hours afterwards.

Less Distractions

Many people find if they workout first thing in the morning and get it out of the way, there are less chances for life responsibilities to distract them away from their exercise ambitions. Early in the morning, you’ll be less likely to be pulled away for an unexpected work meeting, tempted by a social event or needed by your kids.

Set The Tone

An early morning workout sets the tone for the entire day. You already have one success under your belt and thus, may find it easier to make healthier choices at lunch or pass on the donut break mid-afternoon. It feels great to start the day with one thing done on your checklist, one goal accomplished. Feeling successful first thing in the morning gives you the momentum for the rest of the day!

Better Productivity

One survey found that people who exercised in the morning found that it positively impacted their energy, focus, productivity, problem-solving and creatively at work to a greater degree compared to those who saved their workouts until later in the day. So, if you’re looking for a boost to your energy, productivity and work performance….try working out early in the day.

Don’t Stress

However, keep in mind that exercise at any time of the day is best. So, if you have tried early morning exercise and it did not work for you, don’t worry. If you workout at lunch, after work or in the evening and you are consistent, keep doing what you’re doing. There’s no reason to change your daily routine if you’ve found a schedule that works for you and you’re happy with your results. You will accomplish your goals regardless of the time of day you exercise. However, if you struggle with consistency or are in a slump, perhaps a morning workout may be the magic you need to achieve great results to your overall health.

Yours in health & fitness,
Sherri McMillan

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Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 30 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver and Salmon Creek, hosts races at WHY Racing Events, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at nwpersonaltraining.com.

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