In Keeping in Shape

Five early morning workout tips to help you get up and get going


An early morning workout will free up the rest of your day and allow you to focus on the things you need to achieve. I find that the clear mind I get from jogging gives me the peace and quiet I need to plan my day and to make sure nothing is forgotten. Try using part of your exercise time to decide how you will spend your day so that you can make the most of your time.


I hear from so many people who say they always plan to workout but, over the course of each day, their time just fills up and they don’t prioritise exercise over the hundreds of other things they need to do.

How many times have your good fitness intentions gone to waste because your day became hectic, leaving you with no time or energy to take care of your body? By getting up early and starting your day with a workout, your plans can’t be derailed.

Be Positive

Improve your mood with a natural rush of healthy hormones. Exercise promotes the release of happy endorphins in your body. Starting your day with an early morning workout will generate a happy, positive feeling that will impact your own life and the lives of people you come into contact with all day long.


Success and the feeling of achievement will help you to build confidence. There are few better feelings than accomplishing a goal, both in sports and in life. By setting good habits and working out early, you are achieving a goal of being active.


Morning workouts can help you to burn extra fat throughout the day. By kick-starting your day with exercise, you are also boosting your metabolism and forcing your body to use energy to regenerate during the day. Exercise can improve your resting metabolic rate, which can make your body more efficient at burning kilojoules.

I know there are a multitude of reasons why an early morning workout may not be for you. Starting your day positively by taking care of your body can boost your performance in other areas of life. By making your workout one of the first things you do each day, you sidestep the risk of exercise becoming a chore.

However, as I always say: Some exercise is better than no exercise. And, really, whatever time of day you can squeeze in a workout is fine. Just be sure you do make time to be active in some way every day. Make an effort to be consistent and don’t let excuses stop you from being the best you can be.

Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife

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