They say the early bird catches the worm. Starting and ending your day earlier was even endorsed by one of America’s founding fathers.
Ben Franklin, the Boston-bred Renaissance man whose image is plastered all over America’s 100 dollar bills famously quoted, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” No matter what a person might person might think about this country’s history or Franklin himself, there’s no denying that his “early to rise” quote makes a lot of sense.
According to Forbes Magazine, many general studies have proven that financially successful people are more optimistic and proactive. They also practice good personal habits like getting adequate rest every day. But as I always say, real wealth starts with health. Forbes also reported that great business people get their exercise out of the way before everybody else does.
“Many successful businesspeople get up early to exercise (before their family is awake and their official work days start).” read a Forbes article titled Top 10 Advantages Of Waking Up Early. In this edition of the TRU Muscle Sports story, I’m going to share three great benefits to exercising early in the day instead of later. Let’s get this work.
1. The gyms are usually always less crowded in the morning.
Seeing a packed gym can intimidate some people to the point that they’ll cancel their regular workout routine because of the crowd. The more people are using all the available gym equipment, the less time you’ll be able to spend doing a variety of workouts there.
But there’s one part of the day when the gym is nearly empty: Early in the morning. Standing out from the rest of the crowd comes from doing things at a time when other people are asleep or not even thinking about it. Early morning gym workouts will give you more time to use all the available equipment so you can get it out the muscle the way you really want to.
2. The hormones in your body are working at their best soon after you wake up.
Early in the mornings after awakening, your body’s most critical hormones are circulating at their full capacity. These hormones (such as testosterone for men) are vital to helping your body build muscle. That’s why it’s important to exercise at a point in the day when your critical hormone levels are at their highest. After a long day of working, planning, or whatever you do, your critical hormone levels are lower, thus not giving you the full potential to operate your exercise at a high level.
3. Early exercise increases your body’s natural metabolic rate.
Melih F. Cologlu, an internationally known Grenade sponsored athlete said it best in a column he wrote for BodyBuilding.com: “Working out in the morning will help to boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories for the rest of the day.”
This is very true. The metabolic process Cologlu talked about in his well-written fitness article is called post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. In short, this is a measure of how workout afterburn decreases your body’s oxygen deficit. Oxygen is a life-giving element.
When you work out early, you’re decreasing the so-called “oxygen debt” you have in your body, which gives you more endurance and enhances your body’s calorie burning ability.
Now that I’ve explained three professionally proven reasons why working out earlier in the day is beneficial to you, what are you going to do with what you’ve learned? Are you going to take the game and run with it, or are you going to develop a reason why these benefits can’t work for your life?
Let me tell you this.
If you’re not a morning person and work the graveyard shift on your job, then that’s okay. Your body is still going to have the same fat-burning capabilities once you wake up no matter what your sleeping schedule is.
Do your exercise routine. Don’t let it do you. Also, a healthy time prioritization for family, work, etc. is key to maintaining your discipline and balance as you work toward a real TRU Muscle lifestyle. Nothing can stop you but YOU.