Should you workout first thing in the morning?


Feb 15, 2022

 by Josh Elsesser
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Does the Early Bird Catch the Worm?

When you get out of sync with your routine, it can feel like a momentous challenge to get back on track.

How far you get away from your routine isn't nearly as important as how quickly you get back on track.

I read somewhere once that Ernest Hemingway woke each morning and began writing straight away. He considered it to be the most important thing he did each day. Hemingway’s routine — along with hundreds of other prolific authors and artists, mentioned in Mason Currey’s book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (audiobook) — hints at one of the most important productivity strategies ever…

Do the most important thing first each day.

Sounds simple. No one does it.

Just like Hemingway, who produced a remarkable volume of high-caliber writing over his career, you can make surprising progress each day if you simply do the most important thing first.

That to me is fitness… the gym, some mobility work, 5000 m on the rower. Whatever it is, it sets me up for the rest of the day feeling refreshed, energized, and feeling like I can take on the world.

Prioritizing my health is the most important thing to me.

We often assume that losing weight and getting fitter means doing more each day.

Wrong.

Losing weight and getting fitter is about getting important things done consistently. Getting results is about maintaining a steady, average speed on a few things, not maximum speed on everything. That’s why training first thing in the morning is so effective.

If you do the most important thing first each day, then you’ll always get something important done.

More importantly, if you’re feeling great, you’ll make better food choices throughout the day.

It has a surprising knock-on effect.

I can already hear you night owls groaning at the thought of training first thing in the morning! However, I think starting your day by working out does offer some additional benefits over other times.

Firstly, willpower tends to be higher earlier in the day and you’ll more likely do the darn workout!

I don’t know about you, but how many times have you put off doing a workout throughout the day? For whatever reason and prioritizing other things instead and never getting around to doing your actual workout??

I know I have!

Secondly, in my experience, the deeper I get into the day, the more likely it is that unexpected things will creep into my schedule and the less likely it is that I’ll have time to do a workout. Training first thing each day helps avoid that.

Now I’m not one of those “get up at 4:30 am” worshippers who say you must get up at a specific time each day. There are night owls amongst us, just as much as there are early birds. My argument is, if losing weight, getting fitter, and or even healthier is the most important thing to you right now, whatever time you get up in the morning, maybe consider doing the most important thing first!

It might be working out, it might be meal prepping or even eating breakfast. Whatever it is, decide what’s important to you and do it first.

It might just help you get your results faster.