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What’s the Best Morning Workout?

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Lake los Carneros view early morningKymberly: This morning Alexandra and I got our baby boomer booties up and out early to power walk with our dogs. What motivated us? Three things: we wanted to beat the heat; Alexandra had a class to teach after which she was heading to LA for the day; and we wanted to mull over a question we get asked by our group fitness participants:

“What is the best morning workout?”

(In a peek behind the scenes of fitness questions that come our way, we also get asked about exercises to prevent droopy boobs. Yes, it was worded just like that. We loved that question too).

Back to the best movement routine to start your day — Any guesses? Bueller? Bueller?  For a million or few calories, the answer is … the one, or two, or however many you will actually do. All the studies and recommendations in the world won’t matter unless you actually get up and giddy up. In the real world (the one where Alexandra and I often reside), people will stick with what they enjoy. And they will run down faster than black mascara after a sweat fest from un-fun activities.

Still, some suggestions are in order. But first, let’s address the implied assumption in this question:

Is Morning the Best TIME to Work Out?

Interestingly, research is all over the place when it comes to determining a “best” time to exercise. One study found that physical activity performance was generally improved in the afternoon or evening, compared with morning. Another study  suggests that exercisers best combat weight gain from high calorie, fat rich diets if they work out before eating, specifically “before breaking fast.”  Other variants exist, but what does come out clearly is that consistency is key.  Especially for high-intensity exercisers, whatever time you choose to do whatever routine you like to do, try to do it around the same time each day. Got that? Whether morning, noon, or night, you may reach your workout goals best if you stick with your preferred time. Whew!

Alexandra: I like to walk in the morning, before it gets too hot and before the black flies come out (yes, Santa Barbara has flaws). I’ve found that my regular morning routine consists of waking up around 6:30 (which I hate, but I’m a light sleeper), then going through the messages & emails on my phone while lying in bed. So I don’t actually get up until 7:30 or so. What a waste of the morning! So if I prep my clothes the night before, and ask my son to come get me, I know I’ll go. I’m back in the house by 8, happy and full of energy.

What Are Those “Good” Morning Exercises?

Grove at Mesa during mid-morning power walk

Best view of the Mesa grove during morning walk

Kymberly: If your workout time is the morning, can you benefit more from a specific type of exercise? Whether you walk, swim, ride, jog, mosey, lift weights, shuffle, do a yoga pose, or dance routine — you are best served to

  1. be consistent with when you go
  2. choose what you love or at least like
  3. vary your program every so often finding several activities you enjoy
  4. incorporate some cardio, strength, stretch and mind/body moves into each week

The Best List of the Best Posts on Best Exercise Choices

That’s it. Really. Ok, not really since you will find more on the subject of “what’s best” in the following posts, which we suggest you click on. Then lord it over your workout buddies that you know only the best.

For instance, want to know the best cardio workout?  Or which is better–jogging in place or running through space?

How about going outside to find the best exercise surface?  Lastly, is it best to do strength or aerobic training first? So many good, better, best questions.

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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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9 Responses to What’s the Best Morning Workout?

  1. Elle August 29, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    The best morning exercise is the one you do! haha

    I love to do my strength workouts first thing and I am learning to love my runs after a quick snack, also EARLY. And I really love walking along the Strait with my sweetie before breakfast on days I go to work.

    All good – all early a.m. cause it sets me up for a GREAT day!

    • KymberlyFunFit August 29, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

      Hi Spec-Elle! Those morning workouts definitely impact brain and energy levels, both in the positive direction. What is the strait?
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  2. Tamara August 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Morning is the ONLY time I’ve day I’m really happy to get my workout in. Much too easy to get distracted by kids, email, blogging and FB and then the motivation is gone!
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  3. Sheryl August 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    The best morning workout? It’s whatever one I actually do! Sometimes I can’t get to the gym until late(r) in the day, and that becomes my best workout. I wish I could consistently exercise in the morning…but life gets in the way. Sigh.
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  4. Jody - Fit at 55 August 29, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    CRAP, I thought I commented – DOH!!!!

    This is right on – you ladies are smart cookies!!!! I have read all the different studies – a study to work out at any time of the day – there is one for every time of the day! :)

    It is all about finding what works for you, what you will stick with & that is all that counts! :)
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  5. Nicki August 29, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Love this. True, true, consistency is queen. I just do what I can every day, whatever it might be. thiugh biggest key of all, staying focused on healthy nutrition. :-)

  6. Tara Burner August 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    the best time to workout…
    whatever time you’ll actually DO IT!
    I’m at gym mon-fri at 445 waiting for doors to open by 5 a.m
    weekends are spent walking at park or running
    if i dont workout first thing in morning, my crazy day gets going and I wont do it
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  7. GiGi Eats Celebrities September 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Personally, morning work outs are THE BEST for me. I cannot exercise any other time of the day, because I get so tired – and it’s probably my brain telling me, MEH, exercise stinks! LOL! In the AM my brain is still asleep so it has NO CLUE what’s going on! ha ha ah ha!
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