Early morning workouts have multiple benefits

It’s 5:30 a.m., and long before the sun rises, PowerAthlete stirs with activity. Throughout the week, everyone from high school and college athletes to professional men and woman, and seniors, strive to reach their fitness goals when most people are asleep.

Starting your day with a healthy sweat has multiple advantages.

Getting up early in the morning ensures that a workout happens. It provides you the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve done something beneficial for yourself before many people are awake.

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Here are five benefits to working out before the sun rises:

You will inspire a fitness routine

Consistency is integral to launching a sustainable fitness regimen. If you wake up early and go to the gym before most of the world, that inspires you to maintain healthy habits and exercise regularly. With the demands and pressures of the day, you can be tempted to blow off a workout after work. Setting your alarm for 5 and making an appointment to exercise helps develop a routine, which allows you to tap into the health benefits of working out so early.

You’ll take in fewer unnecessary calories

Studies indicate that exercising in the morning right after waking up can diminish your appetite for the rest of the day. And early morning workouts motivate you to maintain those healthy eating habits since you started the day off on a positive note.

You’ll burn more fat

Fat oxidation occurs when you work out before breakfast, according to researchers in Japan. Fat oxidation is the process by which large fat molecules break down. Working out in the morning boosts your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories for the rest of the day. This phenomenon is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC.

You’ll be more focused

For many of us, an early morning workout is followed by work, school or managing a household. Exercising early increases alertness the rest of the day.

You’ll sleep better at night

Better sleep is one of the many well-studied benefits of morning workouts. Working out in the morning results in deeper, longer and higher-quality sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

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