The early bird catches the worm, or so we’re told.
And it turns out, that really might be the case for those vowing to get fit this New Year!
The best time to get to the gym is bright and early, according to one expert.
Personal trainer Keith McNiven, from Right Path Fitness, said by starting the day right you are more likely to stick to your fitness goal — and see results.
He told The Sun Online: “Working out in the morning sets the whole day off on a high.
“We are able to be more productive throughout the day from the motivation we have in the morning.”
Here Keith gives five reasons to set the alarm clock early and get out the door to start your day in the gym.
1. You’ll build muscle faster
Kick starting your fitness regime with morning workouts, could help you build muscle faster.
And it’s all thanks to your hormones.
In the early hours of the day, levels of vital hormones — like testosterone — that build muscle mass are higher.
By exercising in the morning, you can take advantage of this, Keith said.
“You’re taking advantage of these naturally circulating hormones, as they’re peaking, rather than later in the day when they’re lower,” he added.
2. Boost metabolism
We all know metabolism is key when it comes to shedding pounds.
That’s because it’s all about burning energy, and calories from food.
How fat you are, your age, gender and genes all play a role in how fast — or slow — a person’s metabolism is.
But having a sluggish one is no excuse, you can give even the slowest of metabolisms a kick in the right direction, and the key is exercise.
Keith said: “Without a doubt, exercise can boost your metabolic rate.
“The degree depends on your current fitness level and the kind of activity you choose.”
But one top tip, is to exercise first thing.
“All other things being equal, working out in the morning will help to boost your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories for the rest of the day,” Keith said.
The phenomenon is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC, and allows the body to burn calories even when it’s stopped exercising and is in rest mode.
3. It’s quieter
It might sound like an obvious one, but the earlier you get to the gym the less likely you are to fight the crowds.
Trying to do a tri-set is all but impossible in a packed gym.
There’s always a guy over there wanting to work on his glutes or a girl trying to steal your dumbbells.
But get to the gym before the…