Why working out BEFORE work is the best-kept secret…by Lucy Potucek
I ALWAYS start my day with a workout and want to share with you the seven reasons why I think it’s important to kick-off your day with some exercise.
The first rule: Get up before your rational brain is even in gear to discuss the issue…
1. Feeling satisfied – if I don’t do anything else for the rest of the day I still feel like I have achieved something! The most important thing is to move your body. Some days you want to lie in bed and snooze. Get up and move it- it will release endorphins and satisfaction that you have kick started your metabolism.
2. You’ll feel less stressed when you get to work – Exercising in the morning has been shown to help reduce stress. Studies indicate that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your ability to concentrate.
3. It gives me more energy for the day – It has been proven that regular exercise has the ability to enhance your energy, improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. I start my day with hot water and lemon, flushing out toxins and giving me a pick-me-up first thing. Whilst my (whistling) kettle is boiling, I meditate, then stretch my entire body; releasing the fascia is especially important due to the hours of physical activity it endures daily. I notice the difference in my energy levels if I have snoozed. My body doesn’t like it at all and my brain is sluggish.
4. Your skin will naturally glow – Especially if you try a barre workout which doesn’t leave you looking red and sweaty – you will go into work with nice a post-workout flush.
5. Mood boost: The mood boosting hormones that exercise releases can start your day off with increased optimism and higher self efficacy that can positively influence the rest of your day. Engaging with your tribe, helps to foster cohesion socially as the day moves on.
6. Healthy habits: When you make physical activity your first priority, you bring self care and healthy habits to the forefront of your mind, which may make it more likely that you make smart nutrition decisions throughout the rest of the day. It’s not a license to eat what you want!
7. You’ll be less likely to skip your workout – It may take a cup of coffee to get you going in the morning, but there will be fewer distractions on your way to your workout. As you progress through the day there will be more things that get in your way, fatigue, work pressures or an impromptu invite for a night out. If you get your workout in early it’s one less thing to think about.
And my absolute TOP tip…?
Sleep in your workout kit or at least have it to hand as soon as the alarm goes off. Before you know it, you are out of the door and exercising before your brain kicks in. It takes 6 weeks to build a habit. After that, you are hard-wired to do it without thinking. And by that time, you’ll have sculpted your ballet physique and become a hopeless Barre-addict like the rest of us!