"Just five more minutes," you mumble to yourself and hit snooze, returning to your sweet slumber. Are you among those to play the snooze game and miss out on your morning run? Does it feel like it takes you ages to drag yourself out of the bed? If morning workout and you can't look each other in the eye, you either need to shift your regime to the later part of the day or consider altering your routine to start getting up on time.
Although one can exercise at any point in the day, physical activity when pursued early morning is believed to be more beneficial. Exercising early in the morning offers less distraction, letting you use all your energy in working out. It also provides an incomparable sense of accomplishment and keeps you revved up for the rest of the day.
Morning fitness routine comes laced with a bevy of health benefits. Exercising early in the morning will keep you focused and alert throughout the day. You are likely to make healthier food choices in order to replenish the lost energy and keep you pumped up. When you exercise in the morning, the metabolism spikes up, which also facilitates calorie loss all day long.
So what if you are a night owl, we promise you that it won't take long for you to become an early bird. Just keep these tips handy:
1. Practice 'Early to Bed'
Experts suggest seven to eight hours of sleep every night to feel well-rested and ward off unwanted weight gain and lifestyle ailments. One of the ways to get your sleep pattern on track is to start going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until you reach your ideal bedtime. The key is to gradually work to your goal and not rush to miraculously sleeping at 10 pm.
2. A Bedtime Snack
Low blood sugar levels can make you feel fatigued even after a good night's sleep. Try consuming a tablespoon of unsweetened almond butter before sleeping. This will help stabilise your blood sugar through the night.
3. Have a Workout Plan
Plan and arrange all the essentials before you hit the bed. Chalk out your workout regime and jot down precisely what is that you want to do. It is easier to wake up in the morning when you have a purpose and something to look forward to.
4. Shun Snoozing
Yes! Give up on snoozing and don't set a snooze buffer. Make a conscious habit of rising as soon as your alarm goes off.
5. Ease into it
Start off by making small goals and working towards achieving them consistently. It is always better to go easy on the intensity of your workout yet be consistent. Don't go all out and fall off the wagon a few days later.
Just in case you are not sure of your fitness routine for tomorrow morning, we've got a quick 10-minute power wake up plan drawn out for you. Break into it and get your much needed early morning pump.
Home Workout Circuit:
Jumping Jacks - 60 reps
Bicycle Crunches - 45 seconds
Burpees - 20 reps
Plank - 60 seconds
Side Plank Raises - 20 each side
Mountain Climber - 30 seconds
Ab V Ups - 15 reps