Did you know that the actual time of day which you exercise is important if you are looking to maximize your health benefits? A regular exercise program helps boost heart health and maintain a healthy weight, and can cut your odds of contracting type II diabetes. And by exercising in the morning as opposed to the evening or the middle of the day, you create a positive health routine that delivers multiple benefits beyond the physical.
Unsurprisingly, people who exercise in the morning rather than at the end of the day tend to be more dedicated and consistent. When you think about it, it just makes sense. At the end of a long, hard and busy day, it is very easy to make excuses about skipping your daily workout session. Working out when you are fresh in the morning makes it easier to stick to a healthy routine.
Most people have fewer problems scheduling workout sessions in the morning than at any other time of the day. Throughout a typical day, you have a range of commitments to juggle. You're working at home or at the office, caring for your children and fielding personal and business calls and emails. But when you schedule regular exercise in the morning, you can minimize scheduling conflicts.
It's tough to get up early and do your workout video, daily yoga practice or go for a run. It's even tougher if you have young kids who are up early anyway and you have to force yourself out of bed half an hour before they're likely to wake up, but long-term it really is worth it.
The benefits of early morning exercise continue throughout your day. Here are just a few of them.
Increased Calorie Burn
Your body continues to burn calories for hours after exercise. That means that during the day, while you're consuming meals, your metabolism is boosted. This increases your calorie burn, and decreases your fat and weight retention.
Your productivity is increased when you are alert. There is nothing like a good morning exercise program to get you going at the start of your day. And there are significant studies which show that once your endorphins get moving, your mental clarity can increase for anywhere from 4 to 10 hours after your exercise is over.
Better Sleep Patterns
Although it sounds counter intuitive, exercising in the morning actually helps the quality of your sleep. Studies show that both women and men who exercise in the morning have healthier sleep patterns than those who exercise in the evening. This is probably because exercise is a stimulant. If you exercise too late in the day your body has a harder time relaxing and allowing you to sleep peacefully.
When you choose to exercise regularly in the morning as opposed to some other time during your day, the benefits are plentiful and long-lasting. Better long-term results, fewer scheduling conflicts and improved productivity are just a few of the wonderful benefits you will enjoy when your early morning alarm wakes you to a regular AM workout program to start your day.