Updated: Jul 13, 2021
The introduction of Circuit Breaker measures last year popularized some practices with home workout (and dalgona coffee) being at the forefront of it and understandably so. Muay-Thai Gyms, Exercise studios were closed and everyone was forced to remain at home. This brought forward a wave of innovative yet effective home workout routines that is still utilized today. Are you one of those who wonder why it is important to exercise and why some people swear by a muay-Thai class to start their day? If so, this blog post got you covered! We will be looking at the benefits of exercising in general with examples relating to muay-Thai and the benefit of exercising in the morning! Are you ready? Brace yourself! For we will be entering the body as a cell and see how exercise affects how our body work.
3 Benefits of Exercising
1) Exercise controls our weight
Exercise helps in preventing excess weight gain or maintain weight loss. When we engage in physical activity, we burn calories. So, the more intense the activity, the more calories we burn. This is especially so in sports like Boxing & Muay Thai where activities are intensive and multiple muscle group is activated. Muay Thai training uses a variety of physical routines and activities, such as running, jumping rope, kickboxing and shadowboxing. Providing both aerobic and anaerobic workouts, dedicating 60 to 90 minutes on Muay Thai training can give you 1,000 to 1,200 calories burned in one session. This explains why Muay Thai is a perfect way to get rid of stubborn fat and tone your muscles while improving flexibility and having a stronger core.
2) Exercise improves our mood
Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave us feeling happier, more relaxed, and less anxious. Exercise may also make us feel better about our appearance and ourselves when we exercise regularly, which can boost our confidence and improve our self-esteem. This is especially so in Muay-Thai where after having a long day, letting all the stress out in a workout that lets you throw punches and leg kicks efficiently channels everything negative out of you and takes you on an endorphin high, otherwise known as the happy hormone, leaving you feeling refreshed after training.
3) Exercise boost stamina
Regular physical activity can improve our muscle strength and boost our endurance. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lung health improve, you have more energy to tackle daily chores. Muay Thai for example is not for the faint-hearted. It will let you go through rounds of rigorous training that will absolutely test your strength and stamina. You will see Muay Thai fighters going on four to five rounds of training without looking tired, thanks to the cardiovascular training from this combat sport.
As you can see, exercising has many perks and it not only improves our physical health but also our mental health such as boosting our self-esteem and improving our mood. With that, let’s explore the next question! Is exercising in the morning better than exercising any other time in the day? Is there any science behind why exercising in the morning would be better? Let's dive right in!
An early morning workout offers numerous benefits, both to your health and to your daily schedule, that exercising at other times of the day just can’t provide. Yes, you will have be disciplined to wake up early. And yes, you have to be focused on achieving an effective workout, not just go through the paces in a zombie-like state. It just takes a little time and practice before morning exercise becomes your habit. Not convinced? Lets look at some of the benefits of exercising early in the morning.
3 Benefits of a morning workout
1) A Good Morning Workout Routine Will Help Cultivate Consistency
Working out in the morning ensures that you don’t interrupt your workout schedule with other daily items that can seem more pressing. For example, if you exercise in the evening you run the risk of being late from work, feeling overloaded with errands that must be done, or saddled with other unexpected to-do items. Over at The Jungle Muay Thai, we believe in this more than anything else! And that’s is why we have morning muay-thai classes every Friday at 7.30am & 8am so that everyone could get some workout in to start the day before heading for work!
2) It increases our alertness!
A morning mauy-thai workout may be a better match for your body’s hormonal fluctuations. Cortisol is a hormone that keeps you awake and alert. It’s often called the stress hormone, but it only causes problems when there’s too much or too little of it. Typically, cortisol increases in the morning and drops in the evening. It reaches its peak around 8 a.m and doing a workout in the morning help to keep us alert for the rest of the day.
3) Morning exercises give us better focus.
Physical activity also improves focus and concentration, regardless of when you do it. But if you have trouble focusing during the day, a morning workout might be just the ticket. A 2019 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that morning exercise improves attention, visual learning, and decision-making. In the study, participants completed a round of 8-hour days of prolonged sitting with and without a 30-minute morning walk on the treadmill. On some days, they also took 3-minute walking breaks every 30 minutes. The days with morning exercise were associated with better cognition throughout the day, especially when paired with regular breaks.
Exercise does wonders to our body both physically and mentally. Contrary to popular belief, exercising not only make us stronger and fitter physically but also mentally as it improves our self esteem and boost our confidence. Here at the Jungle, we have a variety of classes at various timing in the morning, afternoon, and evening to best fit your schedule! The only thing unchanged is the intensity of each class ( You have been warned!!) So head on to Glofox or contact us via any social media to book the classes and hope to see you around in the gym!