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What are the best exercise routines to follow? And which is the best time to train during the day? How can you maximize the results of your efforts? These are questions thousands of people ask themselves every day. Yet somehow scientific data is unable to provide an exact answer.

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But personal trainers and exercise coaches unanimously agree that you should exercise in the morning to get the best results. Because that is when most working people can sustain a regular exercise routine. So here are 5 benefits of hitting the gym early in the morning.

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1. Motivation

It takes a lot of motivation to get out of bed, go to the gym and exercise for an hour. And doing so early in the morning will leave you feeling accomplished for the rest of the day. So your productivity will increase as you continue feeling energetic and revitalized.

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Additionally, only the most motivated people will be in the gym at 6 am. Since part of going to the gym is socializing this is the group you need to join. Your gym squad will help keep you on track and stop you from slacking. Eventually, you’ll begin looking forward to that 6 am workout.

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2. Workout is off the To Do List

Everyone keeps a To Do List. Sure you may not write yours down. But you probably begin your day with a mental tally of all the tasks you need to complete. And if exercising is important to you then it’s definitely on the list. The problem is the more you procrastinate over a task the more you begin dreading having to do it.

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And eventually, you’re tempted to slack off. It may not feel like much at the moment, but one day turns into 2 which turns into a week and soon you’re not exercising at all. On the other hand, by exercising early in the morning you can quickly cross it off the list without it turning into a daunting burden.

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3. Prioritize and Eliminate Excuses

Part of human nature is coming up with excuses. And the more time you leave yourself to think the more excuses you’ll come up with. So you’ll skip going to the gym during lunch break because of peak hour rush. And you won’t go after work because you’ll be exhausted. By exercising in the morning you’re getting out of your own way.

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Moreover, your workout routine itself will be better in the morning. A huge problem with beginners is taking long breaks between their exercise sets. Once your heart rate goes down you don’t get as much benefit out of the workout. Since you have to go to work in the morning you won’t be tempted to slack off or rest for too long between exercises.

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4. More Energy

Everyone knows you’re at your best in the morning. You’re well rested, well fed and extremely alert. The efficiency of your workout is greatly contingent on your energy levels. Part of a good exercise routine is pushing yourself to the next level by doing more sets and adding complexity to your routine.

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By hitting the gym early in the morning you’ll be well placed to maximize your sets for an efficient workout. There is no better time to exercise than when you are at your best physically and mentally. This is why exercising at the end of a busy day is discouraged by professionals.

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5. Open Up Your Schedule

If you’re a social person with a lot of events lined up on your calendar then you probably need to keep your evenings empty. From birthday parties and dinner dates to pub crawls and movie nights the options are endless. And each of them will make you want to skip your evening workout. By conveniently moving your workout to the morning where your only obstacle is sleep you leave your evenings open for other plans.

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