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The Benefits of a Morning Workout

For most of us, mornings are hectic. There’s that whole getting up thing. For some of us, there is mandatory coffee. There are kids to get to school, you’ve got to get to work and time is flying. You may think there’s no time for a workout, but getting up a little earlier to
get one in will energize your body and improve your attitude. Read on to get motivated!

Get in the Groove

Research shows that people who exercise in the morning do so more consistently than those who exercise later in the day. Get your day going with a good workout and you’ll be ready to take on the world.

Check it Off Your List

It might be a last minute project at work, an unexpected dinner invitation from a friend or just plain running out of energy when you get home. By getting up a little earlier and working out first thing in the morning, you can cross it off your list!

Be More Productive

When you exercise, you’re increasing blood flow to the brain, which can help sharpen your awareness and make you more ready to tackle your next big project. And exercise releases endorphins, also known as nature’s mood elevator. Endorphins have been shown to
improve memory. Working out (very brisk housework counts!) also releases serotonin, which improves mood and alleviates symptoms of depression, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Speed Up Your Metabolism

The benefits of exercise linger throughout the day. You continue to burn calories after the workout is done. It’s called EPOC – excess post exercise oxygen consumption – and it’s a fancy way of saying you burn extra calories even after your workout’s over. Depending on the type and intensity – that could be up to 24 to 36 hours after your workout.  Here are some workout specifically designed to create the EPOC effect

Eat More Mindfully

By knocking out your exercise first thing, you will approach your food differently throughout the day. You will be proud of yourself for getting up and burning some calories, so why sabotage it with an unhealthy lunch or dinner? Instead, you will want to continue your positive choices by eating good foods that are good for you–think fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean meats.

Sleep More Soundly

Studies have shown that women and men who wake up early for regular exercise sleep better than those who routinely exercise in the evening. Since exercise stimulates your body, when you exercise at night, it becomes more difficult to fully relax and drift
into peaceful sleep.

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