All exercise is good. That’s a sweeping statement we know, but we firmly believe it’s true. Here’s the disclaimer – not all exercise is created equal. Thus, what is good for one person, may not be the right fit for another person. And how does timing of exercise fit in?
First up, we’re assuming that you’ve found an exercise or activity that you love to do – be it sport, gym, walking or biking that gets your heart rate up a little each day. Now that you’ve got the right exercise for you, WHEN is the best time to do it?
Morning Exercise – getting it done!
The biggest benefit of a morning routine is simply that you get it done! As the day goes on, you become more fatigued, other things pop up and all of a sudden, the excuses to not exercise become easier to justify. On a more positive note, it helps to boost your energy, increase your focus and concentration, and improve your mood. All of which, helps set you up for a happy, healthy and successful day.
Top Tips for Success
Let’s face it, not everyone is bright eyed and bushy-tailed in the early hours of the morning. Like anything, it can be learned with a bit of hard work to begin with…
- It all starts with a good sleep. Get a solid 8 hours, and move your bedtime earlier to accommodate the early rise if you need to. Turn off the electronics one hour before that time, to reduce blue light that interferes with your sleep hormones.
- Plan ahead so you’ve got one less decision to make. Plan your week out ahead, knowing when/where you’re going to exercise and with whom (being accountable to others is a really helpful way to get out of bed!)
- Make it easy on yourself with good prep. Before you go to sleep (that last hour when your electronics are off) why not pack your bag for the next day, lay out your workout clothes/shoes or pre-select your home workout from the Rec&Sport YouTube page. Minimise the decision making which drains the brain!
- Start small. Small changes over time are more likely to stick, than one big swooping lifestyle change. Thus, if you add 1-2 morning sessions per week, from zero, that’s a good start. You might try a home workout to make it even easier.
Morning Options with Rec&Sport
- If you are a gym person, the RecCentre is at it’s quietest in the mornings. So, if you really want to whizz through your workout, you could try switching it up to the morning to save some time.
- More into classes? You could book into our morning spin or yoga classes via the app.
- Looking for more accountability? Why not sign up for our morning Bootcamp? Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.30am with Gary. You’ll be done and dusted by 7.20am, and ready to roll for the day, before your flatmates have even woken up!
- Don’t forget court and equipment hire (squash, badminton, basketball) is FREE before 3pm each day, provided you just turn up and hope for the best (if you want to book ahead, there will be a charge).
Whatever you choose, go well!
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