Working Out in the Morning with your Dog
One of the fitness habits that I have noticed fit people possess is an ability to work out in the morning. Exercising in the morning, especially with your dog, is a great way to build and maintain fitness for several reasons. Some of the best reasons to work out in the morning include:
- Morning workouts mean you can’t skip the workout later because you are too tired or you were too busy.
- Morning workouts might create a greater fat burning potential. There is research that supports the idea that working out on an empty stomach can help burn more fat. For a good summary of the benefits, read this article on greatest.com.
- Morning workouts can be invigorating and set the tone for a productive day.
- Morning workouts usually mean less crowded gyms or trails, as many people might still be in bed while you and your dog are burning some calories.
For many people, the thought of exercising in the morning before breakfast is a daunting challenge. They argue that getting out of bed is hard enough and have no interest in waking any earlier. Try these tips and tricks to make the adjustment to early work outs less stressful and hopefully allow you and your dog to make morning workouts a habit and not an anomaly.
Ease into it. For those people who like to sleep in, working out in the morning might require that they wake up earlier than they currently do. The best way to establish an early riser habit is to ease into it. Start by setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier than normal. Your body will hardly notice the difference. After a few days, adjust the alarm another 15 minutes. Continue until you are waking regularly at your new time.
Get up at the alarm. Once the alarm goes off, make sure to get up. Sleeping in anyway obviously defeats the purpose.
Stick to it. Our bodies will get used to a sleep/wake schedule. If we sabotage the schedule, by sleeping late on weekends for example, it just makes it harder to establish the habit. If possible, try and wake at about the same time each day, even on weekends. This simple trick makes it much easier to stick to your wake schedule. If you are just starting to try to wake earlier, get up at the desired time no matter what time you fall asleep.
Adjust bed time. If you are waking much earlier than usual, you will need to make up that sleep time somehow (unless you are one of the rare people who is currently oversleeping). Try to adjust your bed time by the same adjustment that you make in the morning. Go to bed 15 minutes earlier if you are attempting to wake 15 minutes earlier, etc.
Make it easy. If waking early is truly a chore, make it as easy as possible. Lay out your workout clothes the night before and program your coffee maker (if you are a coffee drinker) to brew at your desired time. Both of these allow you to roll out of bed, get changed, and grab a cup of coffee without having to think about it.
Use these tips to get into the habit of waking early enough for a morning workout with your dog. You might find that you actually enjoy working out in the solitude of the morning hours and I bet that you and your dog will improve your fitness consistency over the long haul.