Hypedome operations guy and workout enthusiast - by no means a fitness coach.
It can be hard to find time for exercise around regular commitments like work and childcare. But we know all about the myriad of physical and mental benefits of a good workout, so we have to squeeze it in somehow.
Early exercise is the ideal solution for many, providing the perfect start to the day. Here are five of the top benefits of working out in the morning.
Kick off your day on a high
Exercise releases endorphins so a good early workout is likely to put you in a great mood - even on a Monday! That sense of accomplishment from morning training should last for several hours too.
Research that was carried out at the University of Western Australia recently also suggests that people make healthier decisions throughout the day after a morning workout, so you might reach for fruit when you're peckish instead of the biscuit packet.
And training at the break of day should improve your sleep too - you will be out like a light as soon as your head hits the pillow at the end of the day.
Sticking to a routine is key
It is easy to fall out of the habit of regular exercise - we've all done it. But a morning workout at home is arguably the easiest way to get fitness into your daily schedule.
Training in a backyard gym outside of your house soon after waking up and before starting the working day means your routine is set in advance. There is no making excuses to skip the gym in the evening after a busy day of work. Lots of people find a.m. sessions are the only way they can maintain a regular regimen when it comes to their fitness.
Exercising in the morning is also likely to be easier for many people as there tends to be a lot fewer distractions at an early hour. And if you are working out in the garden you are also avoiding the hottest period of the day as well, but make sure you are still drinking plenty of water.
Morning workout at home can help you lose more weight
If weight loss is your goal, then an early workout in a garden gym might be beneficial to you.
According to a study that was published in the International Journal of Obesity last year, people who trained in the morning were found to lose more weight on average than those who exercised later in the day instead.
While it was quite a small study with fairly limited data as a result, the researchers also discovered people who had forenoon exercise sessions also tended to be more active throughout the day as well. Early fitness fanatics also ate slightly fewer calories too, even though you might guess a morning session would increase your appetite.
While more research is needed on how sunrise training can aid weight loss efforts, it seems clear that there can be a small advantage to be gained.
Boost your focus with a morning workout at home
One of the mental benefits of doing a fitness session when the sun goes up is it should lead to improved focus throughout the rest of the day.
Last year, the British Journal of Sports Medicine published a new study that found decision-making was boosted by those who had a morning session, with early exercises also seeing benefits such as an improved attention span.
Other mental benefits to training at daybreak include that it could help to reduce your stress levels. Starting the new day out in a positive way by working out in a garden gym can build a positive mood you keep for hours.
It gets it out of the way!
Let's be honest, for a lot of us working out is a bit of a chore. While we might enjoy it at the time, many people dread getting their gym gear on to work out. But doing your daily training early in the morning means you don't have to try to find time for exercise in the rest of the day.
Having a dedicated space, like Hypedome Garden Gym can only help you stay on track. It allows you to keep your equipment outside of your home without having to worry about the elements. Your treadmill, yoga mat or barbells can also be left exactly the way you need them the next day. Without disturbing other members of the household or cluttering your living room. Hypedome also lets you do your training safely and undisturbed even on a rainy day.
A garden workout means you can be in and out in much less time than if you had to go to a gym. For the lazy among us, morning sessions outside your own home could be the perfect fitness plan. It also frees up your evening for whatever you want to do with that time.
So you don't have to feel bad about not being at the gym when you curl up on the sofa to watch a film or whatever Netflix boxset you are ploughing through.
Thinking of creating a garden gym to make your morning workout at home easier than ever? Check out Hypedome today!