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Five reasons to exercise early in the morning

Early morning exercise is proven to provide you with many excellent health benefits from increased energy to more alertness and better mood to start off the day. Here, we discuss 5 reasons to change your exercise routine and switch it up to early mornings.

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13th September 2021

1) Avoid Distractions

Morning workouts typically mean you're less prone to distractions. Head to your local outdoor gym, surrounded by nature, for the perfect mental health boost to carry you through the day. You’ll feel the benefits of the fresh air, with the trees and fields as your only company, helping you to focus and refresh your mind for the day ahead. 

It’s been proven that being around nature, and especially trees, is good for your mental health. 

There’s less artificial light, less noise, and less distractions when you train outdoors as opposed to in a traditional indoor gym. Researchers have found that there is a link between having access to green space, such as parks and fields, and a reduced risk of mental health problems, whilst improving mood, reducing stress, and it is a wonderful place to work out. 

 

2) Neurotransmitters

Our resistance range of outdoor gym equipment is perfect for strength training and strength training is known to lead to a release of neurotransmitters. 

Neurotransmitters are important in boosting and balancing signals in the brain and for keeping the brain functioning. They help manage automatic responses such as breathing and heart rate, but they also have psychological functions such as learning, managing mood, fear, pleasure, and happiness.

Boosting your neurotransmitters with exercise in the morning, jump starts your day, setting the standard for the day ahead and leaving you physically and mentally prepared to tackle whatever comes your way.

 

3) Healthier Choices 

Working out in the morning — especially on an empty stomach — is the best way to burn stored fat, making it ideal for weight loss. The reason for this is that the body’s hormonal composition in the morning is set up to support that goal. People naturally have elevated levels of cortisol and growth hormone in the morning—both of which are involved in metabolism—so you’ll call upon more of your energy from your fat stores, which also promotes weight loss. 

Added to this, exercise early in the day will impact your eating behaviours and appetite for the rest of the day, with your body craving foods that will fuel it.

 

4) You’ll feel confident and accomplished 

One of the best outcomes of morning exercise is that it boosts self-confidence and self-esteem. The benefits of confidence are endless. Developing more self-confidence creates a greater sense of happiness, freedom, self-worth and the ability to trust your own smart decisions. 

Stick to a regular morning routine and you will feel a huge sense of accomplishment before you even begin work for the day. This sets the tone of the day, leaving you with a great sense of achievement. 

Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone by getting up early and exercising gives you enormous physical and mental resilience.  

To get started with an early morning exercise plan, you don’t even need to wait for the gym to open. Try out some outdoor gym equipment in your local park or combine a run or walk with a session on a trim trail.

 

5) Sleep

Not only is getting an early morning workout in, beneficial for the day ahead of you, it will also be a blessing when you lie your head down on your pillow at night. 

Exercising your whole body will help to create a hormonal balance which in turn will promote deeper, better sleep and will help you fall asleep faster and easier. 

According to the Sleep Foundation, studies have shown that in as little as four weeks, individuals with chronic insomnia who begin regular exercise can fall asleep up to 13 minutes faster. Exercise tires you out and the more active you are during the day, the more your body pushes you to sleep at night. In effect, activity increases your sleep drive, and getting a deep, peaceful sleep will leave you feeling revitalised and energised in the morning ready step out and get exercising again!

 

So tomorrow morning, why not take a walk to your local Fresh Air Fitness outdoor gym for some morning exercise. Use our handy tool to find the nearest outdoor gym equipment to you.

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