Fitness coach Michelle Bridges shares why working out in the morning is best

Fitness coach Michelle Bridges, 51, shares why working out in the morning is BETTER than sleeping – and how to train yourself into being an early bird

  • Australian fitness coach Michelle Bridges says it’s best to workout in the morning
  • If you wait until the evening you’re more likely to skip the training session
  • Early workouts can provide health benefits – including a boost in mood and focus
  • Start slowly by workout in the morning two days a week

It takes strong willpower to roll out of bed at an early hour and exercise, but fitness coach Michelle Bridges says it’s best to smash out your workout in the morning.

The 51-year-old Aussie said you’re more likely to skip the workout if it’s left at the end of the day, implying it’s best to workout at the start of the day.

Research has shown a morning exercise routine can provide additional health benefits, such as burning more fat and increasing productivity, compared to an afternoon or evening workout.

Australian fitness coach Michelle Bridges (pictured) said you’re more likely to skip a workout if it’s left to the end of the day, implying it’s best to workout in the morning

'Working out in the AM means you'll not only feel great all day knowing your workout is done and dusted, but you'll be more relaxed too,' Michelle told 9Honey

‘Working out in the AM means you’ll not only feel great all day knowing your workout is done and dusted, but you’ll be more relaxed too,’ Michelle told 9Honey

‘Working out in the AM means you’ll not only feel great all day knowing your workout is done and dusted, but you’ll be more relaxed too,’ Michelle told 9Honey.

‘Saying that, day or night – as long as you’re working out, then you’re a step in the right direction.’

The former Biggest Loser coach added she usually exercises in the morning after dropping her son off at school.

But for those who aren’t open to waking up at 5am to fit in a decent training session before work, Michelle suggests ‘starting small’ and slowly introducing exercise into your routine.

If possible, wake up 30 minutes earlier twice a week and gradually allow your body to adapt to the new start time.

Over time your body will adapt to the consistency of the regular training sessions.

For those who aren't open to waking up at 5am to fit in a decent training session before work, Michelle suggests 'starting small' and slowly introducing exercise into your routine

If possible, wake up 30 minutes earlier twice a week and gradually allow your body to adapt to the new start time

For those who aren’t open to waking up at 5am to fit in a decent training session before work, Michelle suggests ‘starting small’ and slowly introducing exercise into your routine

What are the benefits of a morning workout?

Fewer distractions. Morning workouts typically mean you’re less prone to distractions

Healthy food choices

Increased alertness

More overall energy

better focus

Better mood

Support weight loss

Source: Healthline

Research shows the long-term benefits of a morning workout include an increased in alertness and focus, boost in mood and support in weight loss, according to Healthline.

On the flip side, afternoon and evening workouts can provide alternative health benefits – such as muscle strength, flexibility and endurance.

Those wanting to start incorporating fitness into their routine should plan ahead of time to avoid skipping sessions.

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