I realize in saying this you’re already moaning, and hitting the snooze button on your alarm clock. However, the benefits to this timing for exercise has tremendous benefits that last all day long.
Here are six reasons why working out before your kids wake is a really great idea…
1. You’re Free at 5am
“Before the world wakes” means that your phone won’t be ringing and no meetings will be scheduled (one would hope). Pick an early hour of the morning as the sweet spot in your day that’s completely unaccounted for. This is the perfect opportunity to get your workout in and tackle the day like the superhero mom or dad you are.
By scheduling this “meeting with sweat” you not only check your first box of the day—you’ll also increase your sharpness and focus for your day at work. Dr. John Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, says that exercise cues the building blocks of learning in the brain to positively affect mood, decrease anxiety, increase attention, and guard against stress.