For the past 2 years I have been working out in the morning. What I love about morning workouts is that they fulfill my whole day with energy and enthusiasm. They wake me up and give me a refreshed feeling. Also worth pointing out is that I in the morning I have all my […]
For the past 2 years I have been working out in the morning. What I love about morning workouts is that they fulfill my whole day with energy and enthusiasm. They wake me up and give me a refreshed feeling. Also worth pointing out is that I in the morning I have all my energy there whereas after work/studies I usually would feel drained mentally which would pretty much prevent me from properly using my body. My whole mental and physical focus is so much easier in the morning then it is during any other moment of the day. Thus I quickly adopted morning workouts and enjoy them daily.
However sometimes it’s not always easy to workout after you wake up. The workout might not go well. One might feel like his body is still sleeping. So a question arises – how much time needs to pass for you to begin your workout after you have woken up?
I myself had encountered that problem a lot before. I then remember discussing this with my coach one day. I remember her explaining to me that a workout should never happen right after one wakes up. For the mind needs some time to wake up too and for the body to get prepared.
She explained that it’s good to workout at least 30 minutes after you wake up because your back muscles are completely relaxed until then and most liquids in the body have gathered around the spine during the night. So you need to wait until your muscles get toned for a workout and until the liquids have streamed back around your entire body. Then you can slowly start warming up and prepare for a serious workout.
I have been following her advice ever since and it has always worked great for me. I usually wake up around 8, then check my emails, facebook, reply to all the messages that I can and by the time I am finished I feel I am already hyped up for action. After that my workout goes on just great and I don’t think I can find a better moment for it.
In case you have problems waking up in the morning you can also consider taking a chilly shower before your training to additionally help you wake up(although I would rather shower after my workout). A cup of coffee might do some wonders for you as well, my fiance for example never begins her workout before she finishes her morning coffee. That’s what gets her ready. Whatever you choose though, do not forget that your sleep during the night is the most important factor for a proper morning workout. Don’t neglect it!