Why Mornings Are the Place to Be by Coach K.
So where to begin? As most of you know, I have an allegiance to the morning athlete, NOT to say I don’t love my evening peeps but I was born from the morning womb. Yeah yeah the decade of rising at 4 AM (zero four hundred – Chad Edwards) to support the nation’s defense may have something to do with it however, there is something special about prioritizing your fitness as the first thing you do with your day. The “morning” represents the fresh start, it is your opportunity to own your path and allows you to define and dictate the rest of your day.
So, what should that look like? Well its simple (if life allows it of course): Wake up, get to Local, and be a champion. Done. As well, I like to think that morning folk are, if nothing – welcoming, committed to fitness, encouraging, crazy, loud (guilty as charged), loyal and share a common bond – “fitness first.” Yes I can see how we look like a band of raving lunatics who clang and bang while the world slumbers, but it is purpose driven. Anyhow, here are a few reasons it make sense to start your day with us and as always we are taking applications to join the morning movement:
1. You can accomplish absolutely nothing else the rest of the day and still feel accomplished. Because you already did a WOD, or like, maybe three in a row. Isn’t that enough?! No. You also you get to workout with the best coaches ever! Shout out to Brandon, the Joshs, Dumptruck, Andrew, Jackie & Emily (all morning dwellers). Sorry but Saturday does not qualify!
2. You might actually want (!) to eat healthy stuff afterwards. You started the day on such a good foot that the salad bar at the cafeteria might start to seem appealing (especially if it’s fresh mozzarella day – I am Italian leave me alone).
3. You’ll eventually get a better workout than you would later in the day. Technically, your body is wired to perform at its peak in mid-afternoon. But things like, oh, work can get in the way of workouts at that time. When you make exercise a regular part of your AM routine, you’ll be less likely to skip it for other obligations (your friend will pretty much never move his or her birthday party to 7 AM). And once you get used to moving first thing in the morning, studies suggest that the body adjusts and might even surpass its afternoon performance peak.
4. You’ll feel less stressed when you get to work. And feel better about working late. People who exercise regularly report feeling more empowered and all around better about their work-life balance. Just ask my co-workers!
5. Bragging rights. You can say things like, “I am in the Early Morning Mafia!” Then watch jaws drop.
6. Caffeine can fuel your workouts, and you drink coffee in the morning anyway. Research suggests that consuming caffeine before a workout can boost speed, endurance, and overall workout quality. Drinking a cup of coffee before exercising can help you burn more calories when your workout is done. Of course, drinking too much could give you the wrong kind of runs (and won’t improve your performance), so don’t overdo it.
7. You’ll stoke your appetite for breakfast. Studies show that eating breakfast inspires people to make better choices all day. Take that breakfast haters.
8. You’ll have nothing to dread the rest of the day. Things are only getting better. And less sweaty!
9. You’ll have a better hair day (ask my hair – see blog pic). It’s a win-win situation: If you wash your hair after your workout, it will be clean and shiny.
10. You could burn more fat. While there’s lots of conflicting research on the pros and cons of exercising on an empty stomach, a recent study suggests that you can burn up to 20 percent more body fat by exercising in the morning before your first meal. Just don’t wait until lunchtime to refuel.
11. You’ll start your day in an awesome mood. Even if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, a morning workout will boost your endorphins for extra smiles the rest of the day.
12. You’ll probably have more energy during your workout. Really. Think about it. Which is more difficult: sleeping or spending an entire day in your shoes? Thought so. “With enough sleep you will have more energy at the beginning of the day than the end to put into your workout”.