It’s that time of the year, school is starting up again! As it does, it is important to not forget about scheduling time into your busy schedule for exercise. Whether you are a morning person, afternoon person, or night owl it is important to continue exercising. Research has shown that exercising regularly can promote weight loss, help you feel more alert throughout the day, increase energy, boost your metabolism, and help you sleep well.
With all we have going on between work, class, studying, or social gatherings it may be best to exercise in the morning. It will give you a head start to your day and give you an energy boost. Also, it will allow you to get it done before anything else comes up in your day. Some who try to schedule exercise in the afternoon or evening end up skipping it because they are too busy or too tired. Morning exercise can be a great way to start your day on a positive note, and use the momentum and sense of accomplishment to tackle other challenges throughout the day. Below are some steps to keep in mind when staring a morning exercise routine.
- Choose a set time you can commit to everyday or every other day, and set your alarm for that time.
- Be sure to get a good nights sleep. Sleep is important to allow the body to recover. Try to plan 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
- Set out your workout gear and clothes you will wear for next day the night before. This will avoid hurrying around in the morning to get everything put together before you start. It will also keep you motivated to get up and get dressed instead of hitting the snooze button.
- Plan your exercise routine out ahead of time. Know what exercises you are doing, for how long, and where you are going to do them.
- When you get up in the morning and before you start exercising, set aside breakfast so you’ll have a meal ready when you get back.