Why morning workouts might be your best workouts

Why morning workouts might be your best workouts

The best time to work out is whenever it’s best for you and your schedule. However having said that, there are a lot great reasons – with some science to back it up – for working out in the morning. Here are five important reasons why you should work out in the morning.

Morning workouts tend to become a healthy habit. 

Speaking from experience (and there’s data to back it up), if you add working out as part of your regular morning routine, you’re more likely to do it and be consistent with it. Distractions to stop you from exercise are far less likely than if you wait until the end of the day when you might be tired, running late at work, or headed to a social activity. Our advice? Set out your workout clothes the night before, put them on first thing in the morning as soon as you get out of bed, and get going!

You’ll consume fewer unnecessary calories. 

A study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that morning exercise might make food less appealing to you. The Brigham Young University researchers showed images of food to two groups of women: those who exercised in the morning and those who did not. The morning exercisers (45 minutes morning workouts) were less interested in images of food than women who skipped the workout. Those who worked out in the morning also did not consume more food than the other group throughout the day.  

Pre-breakfast workouts can be beneficial for burning fat and sugar. 

There’s plenty of studies to indicate that you not only burn more fat with a morning workout, especially if you do it before eating, but it’s also good for your sugar levels. In one study out of Belgium, three groups of young men were studied. The sedentary group gained weight, developed insulin resistance, and added new fat cells. The men who exercised after breakfast gained about three pounds each and developed insulin problems. However, the men who worked out in the morning before eating gained almost no weight and retained healthy insulin levels. They also burned more fat throughout the day than the other men. A 2013 British Journal of Nutrition study found exercising on an empty stomach can burn as much as 20 percent more fat than when a meal is eaten first. (Keep in mind that some people get lightheaded if they don’t eat before working out. In that case, have a light breakfast, wait a while, then exercise.)  

You’ll sleep better at night. 

Having trouble sleeping? Stop exercising at night. Evidence shows evening exercise is more likely to keep you up at night.  The National Sleep Foundation says those who work out early in the morning experience deeper sleep cycles and “spend 75 percent more time in the most reparative stages of slumber than those who exercise at later times that day.” So, what are you waiting for? Lay out tomorrow morning’s workout clothes tonight!

It’s good for your blood pressure.

If you want to lower your blood pressure, do morning workouts for at least 30 minutes a day and add breaks in sitting all day. A study by the Baker Heart Institute in Australia in collaboration with the journal Hypertension (published February 2019) found that a morning workout supplemented by breaks in sitting throughout the day lowered blood pressure. The study found that morning exercise lowered the blood pressure for “a good portion of the day among older adults who are obese or overweight, especially women”. A half an hour of moderate-intensity walking in the morning reduced the average 8-hour blood pressure by 3.4/0.8 mm Hg.

One last bit of morning encouragement: Bringham Young University researchers found that people who work out in the morning end up being more active in general. And as we’ve said, you’re more likely to make exercise a habit if you do it in the morning, but any time you can get in a workout is the best time – whether that’s first thing in the morning, afternoon, or evening. The most important thing you can do is find a time to exercise, write it into your schedule, and watch it turn into a habit. 

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Create an Evening Self-Care Routine

Create an Evening Self-Care Routine

You have probably read a lot of creating morning routines to set your day up for success. We even have an article on our site all about adding the Miracle Morning to your life her at Fave Lifestyles. A morning routine is awesome and totally necessary, but what about an evening self-care routine that ends your day on a good note? We think that is necessary as well. Here are the things we think you should think of including in your bedtime routine.

Get Away from the Screens

First, and most important, get away from screens 60 minutes before you are going to sleep. The light off of screens delays sleep. So, if you are looking at your phone while you are lying in bed, it will take a while to fall asleep.

Reflect on the Day

We all have good days and not so good days. Often, when we craw into bed our minds are still going a mile a minute and it is really hard to unwind. Journaling is a great way to unpack the day, do some reflection and attempt to let it all go. After you have gotten your thoughts out of your head and onto paper it is easier to relax and go to sleep.

Bed Time Beauty Routine

An evening beauty routine is just as important as your morning routine. It is necessary to take your make-up off and brush your teeth but you can also add something else in that you enjoy like a bath, a face mask or simply putting lotion on that you love. Choose something that is a little treat and you will want to do every night.

Create A Calming Sleep Space

Spend some time and money creating a lovely and calm sleep space. We spend a large portion of our lives in bed, so make sure you have a good matters, pillows and great linens. You can also find lovely linen sprays that have calming scents like lavender that relax the body.

Wind Down Activity

Choose an activity that helps you wind down before sleep. Reading is a great activity to calm down the brain and relax. You can also listen to soft music or a sleep story, something that really helps your brain slow down and prepare for sleep.

By creating a bedtime self-care routine, you reward yourself for another great day and set yourself up for a great night sleep!

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What is Hygge and How to Add it to Your Life

What is Hygge and How to Add it to Your Life

If you spend any time online you may have come across the Danish concept of living Hygge. Today we want to explore this idea and give you some ideas of how to incorporate it into your life. Pronounced “hoo-ga,” this Danish concept cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. So, how do you add more hygge to your life? Here are some simple suggestions that would be easy additions to any home.

Lighting

Use candles and lamps to create warm and comforting lighting throughout your home. When Danish people are asked about what makes up Hygge in the home lighting is top of the list. Through the use of candles and lamps you can create a cozy feeling space that invites you to curl up and relax.

Create Coziness

Another way to inject hygge into your home is to create coziness through your furniture, throw blankets and pillow. You want your space to feel like it is begging for you to grab a book, a cup of tea and snuggle up under a soft blanket.

Get Together With Friends

Not only is hygge about being cozy in your home, it is about spending time with those we love. You don’t have to throw huge parties or over the top gatherings. Instead create intimate social gatherings in your home. Invite a friend over to catch up and have a glass of wine by a roaring fire. Create a monthly dinner club where everyone brings a dish. The goal is to have time with your friends not spend a fortune.

Get off Your Devices

This goes hand in hand with getting together with friends. Get off those devices! I cannot tell you how many times I am in a restaurant and see a group of friends who are all looking at their phones. Be present with the people who are spending time with you. Nothing on your phone is as important as the people in front of you.

Remember that living hygge is about living simply. It is not about being extravagant but in taking pleasure in the things in life that really bring you happiness. Look at your home and think about using it for living instead of a place to store a bunch of stuff you do not love. Look at your home and your life and see where you can create some hygge in your life.

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