Are you looking for ways to make your exercise routine a priority? If so, you are not alone. Studies have shown that morning workouts can pay off, especially if you stick with it. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends at least thirty minutes of cardio activity each day. A well designed training program can help you stick to it and reap the benefits.
Getting out of bed in the morning is not always easy. The best thing to do is to plan ahead. For example, if you know you are going to be catching up with a friend in the morning, consider skipping your workout and using the extra time to catch up. You could also use that extra time to read, meditate, or take your dog for a walk. Alternatively, you could try an at-home workout subscription.
The American Heart Association also recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. To make that work, you’ll need to adjust your sleep schedule. Fortunately, you can do that by shifting 15 to 30 minutes from your usual wake up time.
The most efficient way to accomplish this is to get into a routine. There are many apps and websites that offer guided step-by-step instructions. For example, the 8fit app has a number of different customizable workouts. Alternatively, you can find an at-home subscription to workouts from the pros.
It’s also a good idea to create a checklist before you leave the house. Make sure to bring everything from a bath towel to flip flops to a workout bag. Also, don’t forget to drink a cup of coffee in the morning. This small act can go a long way toward making your morning routine a success.
While the benefits of a morning workout are clear, you’ll have to do more than wake up early to achieve them. Some people even need a little assistance to make their routines a reality. If you are willing to roll up your sleeves and get to work, however, you’ll be on your way to a fitter, healthier you in no time.
A well thought out and timed routine will make your early morning routine the highlight of your day. On top of that, it’s a great way to cut down on stress. Morning workouts have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and even reduce unnecessary calorie consumption.
As with any new activity, you’ll want to be patient. Set a realistic timetable and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get to the gym as early as you’d like. Eventually, you’ll find that you’re more productive and you’ll enjoy your workouts. Afterwards, you’ll feel better and sleep better, too! With a little foresight and planning, you can be a morning workout person in no time.
When you’re finally ready to start your own morning workout routine, you can try something more exciting. Try out a yoga class or an energizing dance cardio class.
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