Researchers in the US found that women produced lower brain responses to food images and engaged in more physical activity over the course of the day when they exercised early in the morning.
But first-thing fitness has other benefits besides just staving those sweet cravings!
Hitting the gym in the morning helps you hit the sack at night. Research shows that people with a regular morning exercise routine slept better than those who exercise in the evening. Why? Evening exercise stimulates your body. You become restless and alert, making it very difficult for your brain to turn off and your body to drift into sleep.
Achieve your exercise goals
Getting up and out to work up a sweat first thing means you'll actually do it. If you work out before all the daily distractions kick in, chances are you're more likely to achieve your weekly exercise goals.
Exercise helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to muscles and organs. As your cardiovascular system learns to work more efficiently, your energy levels begin to increase which may lead to a more productive day at work.
Boost your brain
When it comes to the brain, early morning exercise is said to improve executive function and memory recall. That means that a workout first-thing could replace your morning coffee.
More spare time
This is an obvious one, but getting your exercise out of the way early means that you'll be free to spend your evening catching up with friends and family.