5 Big Benefits of Morning Workouts

As I sit here, procrastinating my morning workout, I ponder all of the reasons that I should get up and get moving. I have no doubt that I’ll feel 1,000 times better when it’s done. What is it about a good morning workout that makes us feel superhuman, anyway? Actually, quite a lot…

  1. Exercise awakens us in the best possible way – blood pumping, brain working, body moving. Your energy level will be higher and you’re less likely to hit that mid-day slump, even hours after you sweat. Endorphins are a beautiful thing and can make or break a productive, rewarding, enjoyable day. So, lace up those sneakers and move! And, make sure it’s a workout that you actually enjoy to reap double benefits, mentally and physically.
  2. Burn ALL day. Thanks to EPOC, (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) the body works extra hard to restore and rebuild muscles, increasing metabolism for up to 14 hours post-workout! So, hit it hard for at least 30 minutes and burn more calories for more hours!
  3. Start the day on the right foot. Completing a morning workout will empower you to tackle the rest of your day head on, tackling your to-do list like a champ. Just as you accomplished that workout and crush your fitness goals, you’ll crush your life goals too.
  4. Food is fuel. Your post-workout meal will be used to replenish your muscles and provide you with lasting energy. Had you rolled out of bed, had a big breakfast, and sat at your desk all day, that meal would more likely be stored somewhat as fat instead of fuel. Your body is a machine – keep it moving, keep it fueled, and it will continue to operate well for you.
  5. Sleep better. Not only will you wake up and metabolize food more efficiently, you’ll also wind down and sleep deeper at night. Working out in the evening will awaken your mind and body and can put your body in a state of stress, setting you up for a night of tossing and turning. Following a morning workout, your body (and mind) can rest peacefully and wake up to do it again the next day.

Of course, if you work out in the morning, it’s DONE for the day, a weight off your shoulders…but is it such a bad thing to workout later in the day?? You know what they say: “you’ll never regret a workout.” If you’re not a morning person or cannot fit it into your AM schedule, get it done on your own time because something is better than nothing. To maximize benefits and feel healthier all-around; however, I highly recommend incorporating a few morning workouts into your weekly schedule. If you’ve never been a morning exerciser, start now and you’ll form a new healthy habit in just a few weeks. It’s not black and white, either, you don’t have to do a class or get to the gym. Even just 15-20 minutes of morning yoga in your pajamas or walking to work in the morning will make a difference. PLUS, you’re less likely to skip, cancel, or rush your fitness routine in the morning. Speaking of which, I’m off to workout…why? See #’s 1-5 above!

One Healthy Breakdown: no excuses this morning, get it done!

Are YOU a FITiST?!

“FITiSTS are the ones who love fitness and wellness because they know how great it makes them look and feel.” Are YOU a FITiST?! If you haven’t checked out the new FITiST Collective at 5 Railroad Avenue in East Hampton, (the Summer Kicks building across from the railroad tracks) you’re missing out on one of the Hamptons’ best opportunities to get fit, fitter, FITiST.

FitistAdThe new FITiST Collective in East Hampton gathers the best in fitness all under one roof! Expect an unrivaled schedule of pop-up workouts, led by all-star instructors, including The Fhitting Room, Exhale, Body by Simone, 305 Fitness, Body Conceptions by Mahri, Bari Studio, City Row, Soho Strength Lab, ToneHouse, Uplift, and lots more!

If you’re like me, you’re not loving the rivalries between fitness studios, the competition in the market, and the lack of support that goes along with that. FITiST has demolished the competition and brought the best of the best together, under one roof, to provide unparalleled variety, fitness, and fun.

I’m a FITiST frequent flyer because I love the concept and the fact that I can catch one of my all-time favorite fitness classes, IntenSati, with Natalia Petrzela!

photo 1(7)Just like you see, IntenSati combines intention and awareness with fitness, positivity, and sweat! Not your average fitness class, IntenSati is a bit unexplainable, but chances are if you try it, you’ll be hooked like me. Do yourself a favor during these last few weeks of summer: try something new until you find a workout you LOVE. And then keep doing it! You can try all sorts of great classes at FITiST!

One Healthy Breakdown: If you’re a FITiST, I’ll see you there!