As we all know, exercise in any form at any time of the day is good for us.
However, for those who are early birds (or just very dedicated!), there are specific benefits to be gained from an early morning Pilates workout. Take a look and see….
Prepare your body for the day
Pilates is a whole-body low-impact workout, done at a slow pace to ensure the correct muscles are engaged while using good posture and challenging endurance. This makes it an ideal form of exercise for starting off the day and waking the body up.
When we get out of bed first the body is less mobile and it takes a little time to warm up and loosen out, this is especially true as we get older. Because a Pilates session incorporates plenty of stretching and breath-work, as well as strengthening, it’s ideal as a method of loosening out the body and getting it ready to take on the challenges of the day.
Get your metabolism going
Morning exercise has the benefit of kick-starting your metabolism, the rate at which your body converts food into energy. Starting this process early in the morning means that you’re burning energy for longer during the day, which can have a positive effect on your health.
Positively affect your daily schedule
Getting up a little earlier to work on your fitness routine means that you’ll have more free-time in the rest of your day to get other tasks done. You’ll have extra free-time in the evenings for family, friends, socialising or taking part in other sports if you’re using Pilates as a form of cross-training.
Also, it’s less likely that you’ll skip a morning session as there are less distractions such as work, family, appointments or even fatigue, which can be used as excuses to cry off.
Improve your mood and reduce stress
Exercise in general has a beneficial effect on mood due to the endorphins released when we exercise. Getting your routine done early means that you’ll benefit from this longer throughout the day and there’s no better feeling than knowing that you’ve got you session completed before the day has really started!
Whatever time of the day you decide to exercise, make sure it’s something that you enjoy and that works for you.