We all know how tough it can be to get out of bed in the morning, especially in the darker months. But if ever you’ve had to take the dog out for its morning walk, you’ll have realised that afterwards, you’ll not only have woken up a little bit – but you feel great, as well. Exercising in the morning has a huge number of benefits, ranging from giving your day structure through to the shot of endorphins that put a smile on your face at the start of the day. Here at Elite Outdoor Fitness Academy, one of Essex’s top boot camps, we specialise in morning outdoor fitness classes that get the heart pumping and the head ready to face the day.
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Ever heard the phrase “don’t waste the day”? By working out in the morning, you give yourself a reason to get up and out of bed. More importantly, you give yourself accountability to get up and out of bed, especially when you’ve signed up to group outdoor fitness classes as opposed to committing to an individual workout - maybe a jog around the estate on your own, for example.
Many of us understand the importance of exercise in our lives, but many of us also tell ourselves we don’t have time to fit it in. In reality, though, by exercising in the morning you’ll realise what a relatively small part of the day it actually ends up using, and you’ll have the whole rest of your day left over, as well. Sounds pretty good to us…
If ever you’ve had a subscription to a corporate gym, the chances are you’ll have promised yourself that you’ll get to the gym “for a quick workout after work” – the chances, however, are also that you then bailed on that commitment. After-work drinks, fatigue, picking up the kids from school; they can all lead to that feeling of “Oh I can’t really be bothered with this… I’ll make sure I go next week!”. Morning sessions get rid of this issue, entirely!
When you exercise, the brain produces a big chemical soup of what are known as neurotransmitters that have a huge impact on your overall mood and wellbeing. Chemicals such as endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine are produced and released, having an uplifting effect on how you’re feeling.
So, even if you find that you’ve woken up on the wrong side of bed one morning, a dose of morning exercise can help shift any grumpiness and prevent it from ruining the rest of the day. If you put that exercise in a group setting, then you’ve got the sociable aspect as well and you’ve got even more positives thrown into the mix!
Some studies have shown that working out in the morning (after a fasted period, e.g. when you sleep) results in greater levels of fat loss than at other times of the day. Though there are also other studies that show time of day having a negligible impact on fat-burning processes within the body, you’re still going to be getting your heartrate up and burning energy.
Interestingly, many people think that if you work out in the morning you’ll end up get more tired and end up crashing earlier in the day. In actual fact, the reverse is true. People who work out in the morning tend to find they’re energised throughout the rest of the day, and that their productivity, decision-making and creativity are all lifted thanks to those early star jumps, burpees and kettlebell swings!
It’s such a polarising debate, the argument between morning against evening workouts, but in our view, at least, this next point is one of the most compelling arguments for getting up and out of the door in the morning, and getting along to one of our outdoor fitness classes. You will sleep better. Wait, really? Absolutely! Studies have shown that aerobic exercise in the morning is the best time to train in terms of enhancing your quality of sleep. So, you may be tired getting out of the bed to go to the session, but if the reward is sleeping like a baby? That’s a pretty fair trade off, we’d say! Especially when you consider the fact that research has shown as many as 48% of adults admit to struggling with symptoms of insomnia at least some of the time.
We understand the importance of exercise, but we also understand that conventional gym settings can be intimidating. That’s why out morning-focused fitness classes are focused as much on fun as they are any numbers or personal bests. If you’d like to find out more about our Essex boot camp’s outdoor fitness classes, then get in touch! Contact us today on 01702 232 470 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, why not download our free online guide to getting started with Elite! Get your guide, today!