It’s really quiet in here.
Except, of course, for the chime of my iPhone alarm a few minutes ago. That was jarring.
Other than that: pretty quiet.
It has every right to be quiet. It’s 5 a.m.
It’s a full hour before anyone in my house usually wakes up. And that’s during the school year. On summer mornings like this, with a house full of students and teachers, the early morning schedule around here is even more lax.
So, why am I up so early and staring bleary-eyed at this computer?
I’m test driving a new daily schedule.
I’ve never been a night owl. In fact, since I was a kid, I’ve been something of morning person. I don’t need multiple cups of coffee to start my day, I rarely dread Monday mornings just because they’re Monday mornings, and I feel like I get my best work done before 10:30 a.m.
And it hit me yesterday. Why am I not using this personal attribute in my favor when it comes to my weight loss journey?
I realized that I had no good answer for that, so I set my alarm for 5 a.m. and put my favorite running shorts within quick and easy reach on top of my dresser.
I almost feel guilty that when I awoke, I chose to type this out instead of heading out for a jog. But, when I feel inspired and excited about something new, I enjoy sharing it here.
Make no mistake, I’ll head out in a moment. But first, I want to leave you with a few benefits of early morning workouts.
Better long-term results.
Research has shown that morning exercisers are more likely to stick to their routines. And the longer we stick to it, the better the results will likely be.
Fewer scheduling conflicts.
Let’s face it, other that hitting the treadmill or drooling on a pillow, what else could you possibly have planned for Tuesday morning at 5:15 a.m.?
A more efficient metabolism.
Following an effective workout, our bodies continue to burn calories. This process of burning calories and transforming food into fuel is called metabolism. And it just makes good sense to take advantage of your post-workout metabolism boost during daytime hours so that you can burn calories throughout your day at work.
Now, if you excuse me, those running shorts are beginning to look like they’re mocking me. I’m about to begin my early morning workout routine. Take a moment, set your alarm for a few minutes earlier than usual and give an early morning workout a try for yourself.
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