Waking up early to train can be tough on the body. The temptation to sleep-in, tap the alarm’s snooze button during the cooler rainy day climes doesn’t help -  which is why we’ve compiled our 7 best reasons to drag our butts out of bed and hit the gym.

1. Morning workouts boost one’s metabolism, giving one a headstart in burning more calories, for the rest of the day. This phenomenon is called EPOC, or Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption.  

2. Start the day in a better mood.  intense workouts releases endorphins, our body’s natural feel-good hormones that will keeps us happy.

3. Be more focused at work.  Because the body has been awakened, you will be more alert, get more done, and better prepared for your day. 

4. Sleep better at night.  A 2011 research indicate  that people who exercise at least 3x a week for 20 minutes a day slept better at night than those who trained afternoons or early evenings.


5. You’re less likely to skip the workout. Numerous distractions can sabotage a scheduled workout – post-work fatigue, social invitations to dinner or drinks, or overtime work necessary for work or school.

6. You’ll have more time in the evening to see family and friends.  By starting your healthy routine early in the morning, you free up entire evenings for social activities, errands, relaxing, and preparing for the next day.

7. Gyms are less busy than after work rush.  Most people hae the mentality of training when they have time, which is normally after work as everyone’s waiting out the traffic rush hour.  By scheudlign training sessions in the morning, you encounter shorter wait times for equipment, showers, makign this a more efficient use of your time.

Classes at Primal Ape start as early as 6 a.m. Sign up for your complimentary introductory class here.

Sources: http://fitness-nation.net/blog/early-bird-gets-the-worm-benefits-of-morning-workouts/, http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/8-benefits-to-working-out-in-the-morning.html, http://www.snclubs.com/2016/03/22/benefits-morning-workouts/

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