Six Reasons to Exercise Before Starting Your Workday

Get a great start to your day.

We all know exercise is good for us, but exercising before starting your workday instead of during or after has some great benefits.  

If you’re not a morning person, it might be difficult to get up earlier than you’re used to. Even if you are a morning person, getting up extra early might not be what you want to do. So, make sure whatever exercise you plan to do is something that you enjoy, not dread. Twenty minutes or more of whatever exercise, wherever you do it, is good. Don’t feel guilty if you don’t get to the gym. Go out for a run or walk, or exercise at home. Create a playlist or put in an exercise DVD that gets you moving and motivated, or turn on a TV show as you use the stationary bike.  

You can do 20 minutes! Here are six great reasons to start exercising before starting your workday:

1. You start the day with a sense of accomplishment. Before you get to work, already there’s one important thing checked off your to-do list.

2. You’re more likely to stick to it. You control the beginning of your day, but there are often plenty of reasons and excuses why at the end of the day, you can’t or don’t want to exercise – like having to work late, family demands, too much homework, a tempting dinner invitation, etc.

3. It speeds up your metabolism all day, so you’ll burn more calories.

4. You’ll have more energy and improved productivity. According to nutrition and fitness expert Mitzi Dulan, “Exercise increases your productivity and gets your endorphins going. You will be more awake and ready to tackle your day by giving yourself that extra energy boost. Working out can increase your mental clarity for four to 10 hours post-exercise.”

5. Your mood will improve and you’ll be less stressed. According to the American Psychological Association, “Biologically, exercise seems to give the body a chance to practice dealing with stress. It forces the body’s physiological systems — all of which are involved in the stress response — to communicate much more closely than usual: The cardiovascular system communicates with the renal system, which communicates with the muscular system. And all of these are controlled by the central and sympathetic nervous systems, which also must communicate with each other. This workout of the body’s communication system may be the true value of exercise; the more sedentary we get, the less efficient our bodies in responding to stress.”

6. You’ll get better sleep and feel more rested. According to Shape Magazine, “The National Sleep Foundation says while evening workouts can boost the body’s temperature and stimulate the body, which can make falling asleep more difficult, working out in the morning leads to deeper, longer, and higher-quality sleep when you finally hit the pillow 15 or so hours later.”

When you start your day exercising, you know you’ve done something good for your health. And when you pair exercise with a healthy diet, and you are good to go, go, go. Let us help you. Enjoy Fit2Go’s customized menu and great variety of healthful and delicious meal options that are freshly made and delivered to you daily.

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