5 Reasons Why a Morning Workout is Better than Coffee

Is waking up in the morning a challenge for you? Do you find sticking to a workout routine difficult and constantly psych yourself out? Do you often find yourself crashing during the day? Have you considered a morning workout?

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Before you judge a book by its cover and immediately dismiss this article because of its title, know that many find waking up early in the morning to workout an extreme challenge. Some might say, that actually getting out of bed to go to the gym in the morning is a small victory.

Even if you claim to not be a morning person, or even if you want to wake up for the gym but find it difficult, there’s no denying the multiple benefits of starting the day with a morning workout.

You will have much more energy throughout the day.

Working out will make you feel better throughout the day, even if it might be a challenge to get out of bed. Working out starts your metabolism, and increases your heart rate, both of which provide you with more energy with which to go about your daily tasks. Women’s Health Magazine says, “That rush of endorphins you feel after a great workout boosts your energy and your mood… ‘ You usually feel so good that you want to refuel with good food.”

You will be less likely to opt out of the gym later in the day.

Whether we’re consumed with homework or clubs, or whether a meeting goes later than we anticipated, we all have busy lives. Given all these distractions throughout the day, you’re more likely to stick to your plan if there are no activities that interfere with it. Plus, you’ll have the nights free to do what you want without feeling guilty that you skipped the gym that day.

A morning workout will make you happier

This is a plug for exercise in general since The Atlantic published an article about the benefits of working out to combat depression and other mental disorders. But feeling better in the morning can help boost your mood throughout the day and start you off in a better place.

You’ll burn more calories.

If you’re not motivated to jump on the treadmill at 6:30 in the morning, options like lifting weights have been proven to burn more fat. Your body works harder to repair the muscles you’ve worked while lifting weights. Your body also requires more energy to keep up its regular functions the more muscle you have. Starting your metabolism earlier also requires more energy from your body, which in turn burns a greater amount of calories.

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You’ll sleep better at night and lower your blood pressure.

According to a study published by Appalachian State University, high blood pressure contributes to difficulty sleeping. In this study, working out in the morning lowered subjects’ blood pressure, which in turn made falling asleep easier. Additionally, working out during the evening could give you a rush of energy too close to bedtime, which could also contribute to difficulty falling asleep.

Overall, working out in the morning definitely has its benefits, which are important to consider. Remember that sleep is also important, so if you’re not getting the recommended amount, you can still get some of these benefits through an afternoon or evening workout.

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Adiel S. is an NYC-based recent graduate from Binghamton University, where she majored in English with a concentration in creative writing and economics. She is an avid runner, with hopes to run a marathon one day, as well as a vegetarian and amateur chef. She loves to work out, read and watch Gilmore Girls in her free time.

3 Comments on “5 Reasons Why a Morning Workout is Better than Coffee”

  1. I had used to be addicted to coffee. Every day I had to start off by drinking my daily coffee right in the morning. Over the course of the day, I would drink over 4-5. This was a terrible habit. I would often crash during the day and be unproductive during the rest. For the past two months, I have gotten rid of the habit. I haven’t drank a cup of coffee since. I am still feeling withdrawl and, after reading this article, feel that exercise might be a good way to get through it. Generally, I am not a morning person so this may be difficult but it is worth the try!

  2. I have been working out every morning for the past few months. I have already noticed the immense effects of it. Firstly, it has allowed me to drop the habit of a morning coffee. After every workout, I feel completely energized and don’t feel the urge anymore to have to consume caffeine. This feeling of energy usually lasts for the entire day and I continually feel great. Also, I have not missed a workout for the past few months due to not having enough time. In the morning there are no other responsibilities to fulfill so there is no excuse for skipping or missing out on a workout. Throughout this I have become much healthier and have already felt some of the benefits!

  3. Generally when I work out, I leave it as the last thing I do during the day. This habit hasn’t been very great. Often times I end up missing a exercise session as I feel too tired after a long day of work or am preoccupied with other stuff to do. When I do end up working out later, I have a hard time falling asleep as well. During the morning, I also tend to drink a coffee to energize myself. I would like to begin to move my workouts to the morning to be able to avoid the past troubles I have had. I feel by doing this mood, I can maximize my workout potential and feel better during the day as well. I will definitely try this out soon

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