For many people, the idea of a morning workout is a daunting proposition. We’re groggy, tired, hungry, and often grumpy, and the last thing on our minds is a press-up. But there are lots of strong arguments in favour of exercising in the morning, and it could turn out to be the best time of day for us to get into a solid routine.

According to Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief science officer with the American Council on Exercise in San Diego, “Research suggests in terms of performing a consistent exercise habit, individuals who exercise in the morning tend to do better. . . “By doing the bulk of exercise first thing in the morning, you get your exercise in before other distractions can intrude. We can all relate to that — because once the day gets going, it’s hard to get off the treadmill called life.” 

(As a side note, Bryant also states that you should allow yourself more time to warm up for early morning exercise routines.) 

Early in the morning we often feel less burdened by our daily commitments. Work hasn’t started yet, the phone isn’t ringing, and emails aren’t piling up. So we have the opportunity at this time to utilise our mental clarity by slotting in an early workout.

It may seem counterintuitive to disrupt a peaceful morning with strenuous exercise. But the fact that we feel less pressured by deadlines and to-do lists before breakfast makes it arguably the perfect time to get moving, because we have fewer excuses.

Also, according to WebMD, research suggests that morning exercise can improve your sleep quality, even more so than if you exercise later on in the day.

But, of course, lengthy morning workouts aren’t a viable option for everyone. We all have things to do when we get out of bed, and trying to carve out 40 minutes for exercising might be an unrealistic goal for many of us. And squeezing in a gym session before work can also be difficult. 

But fear not, for we’ve scoured the web and found 6 great morning workout routines you can perform in less than 10 minutes.   

Before that, however, a final note: as it’s always important to be aware of the potential dangers involved in any exercise routine, you can follow this link for an excellent article on the possible pitfalls of early morning workouts. 

Dr Oz’s 7-minute morning workout

5-minute morning workout

5-minute morning yoga

10-minute morning yoga

5-minute mobility and stretch routine

Pre-work exercise routine

Keep moving

One of the tricks to living a healthy life is, of course, to keep our bodies moving and to ensure we’re exercising on a regular basis. And if you’re just not a morning person, that’s OK, it’s all about finding the time of day that suits you best. For an alternative option, why not check out our lunchtime workout routine to keep you going through the afternoon lulls!