|Hooray! It's morning!|
- Psychological benefit. The biggest benefit I can think of is the mental boost from getting a workout done first thing. I could check something off the to-do list before 7 am! It's great to not have to worry about whether or not I'll be able to work out later. It's already done.
- Energy boost. I feel that I generally have more energy during the workday on days with morning exercise. Part of it is mental--I know that when I go home that evening, I don't have to work out, I can just rest. Part of it definitely is physical though. I get a kick from working out that lasts for a while. Gotta love those endorphins.
- Heat beating. During the summers here, it can get very hot and humid. I have usually sucked it up and just gone running in the evenings after work, since I much prefer to run outside than on a treadmill or track. However, the morning is definitely a cooler time than the evening to run.
- Food planning. It's easier to plan what to eat for the day when activity-related calorie burn has been mostly completed. I can budget fuel input more accurately when I can account for the bulk of the physical expenditure ahead of time.
- More time with hubby. He's not an early bird, so I have a better chance of hanging out with him in the evenings.
- Ben Franklin says so. "Early to bed, early to rise makes for really good workouts" is the quote, I believe.