Morning Exercise and its benefits to your Health.
A healthy body gives you a solid foundation in your life. From doctors, your parents and your well-wishers you will get the same kind of advice – Do daily exercise, it will be good for your health and help you lose weight / keep weight in check.
But as the pace of life keeps getting faster in the modern era, we neglect exercising even though we know it will be beneficial to our health.
So, it is never too late to start working out especially in the current environment of COVID-19. You can start slow and then find your rhythm and see how to fit it into daily life.
Now when is the most ideal time for working out daily is in itself a huge debate. Some will point out a particular time of the day, while others will encourage you to do it in your own free time.
For me, morning exercise is more helpful and I will list out my reasons below.
Reasons for favoring morning exercise:
- First rays of the sun,
- Adjust your mood for the day,
- Reduce your stress level and fill your energy bar,
- Regulate your weight and improve your metabolism,
- Sweet Dreams.
First Rays of the Sun
As the saying goes, the Sun is the source of all life on earth. Sunlight is not only helpful for plants and animals it is also good for humans.
Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem for many people, sun exposure helps the body generate Vitamin D naturally. The body absorbs more calcium with the help of Vitamin D and strengthens bones. It also boosts the immune system which helps the body fight diseases such as heart problems, muscle sclerosis, flu, etc.
Besides, exercising when the sun is high in the sky may not be healthy, it is more favorable to do work out just when the sun is starting its climb in the morning.
Morning sun gives a soothing and comfortable feeling. It reinvigorates you and fills you with energy to challenge a new day.
Adjust your mood for the Day
Waking up in the morning sets your mood to cranky, groggy, and lazy. You just want to sleep soundly for 10 more minutes even if you know that time is up. It makes you irritable and affects your mood for the upcoming day.
An appropriate amount of work out in the morning can help you shape your mood for the day.
Morning exercise rewards you with a rush of neurotransmitters and hormones such as endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, etc. These are commonly known as feel-good hormones that will improve your mood and make you feel happy.
Morning exercise sets you on a positive note. You feel a sense of accomplishment and motivates you to accomplish your other goals for the day and gives your day an optimistic outlook.
Reduce your stress level and fill your energy bar
Modern-day fast-paced life is filled with stressful events. From long meetings which don’t bring intended results, to bosses who have a higher expectation than your ability, to clients who change their priorities in the last step, work deadlines, family commitment, and on and on and on.
Morning exercise can be an outlet for your stress. Exercising regularly reduces your cortisol levels, alleviates your tension, and relaxes your muscles which assists in bringing down your stress.
As morning rolls in you feel languid and worn out. A morning workout is one of the best ways to shrug off your sluggishness and get ready for the day.
It boosts your energy levels, improves your endurance and stamina. Also, the intake of fresh oxygen and adequate nutrients helps build up your cardiovascular system.
Regulate your weight and improve your metabolism
In the world about 39% of adults are overweight. (Source: WHO)
Early morning exercise is shown to be one of the best ways to reduce weight.
Now you see our body needs energy for every daily action. By exercising you compel your body to produce extra energy to support the workout.
Where is this excess energy coming from?
Yes, it comes from burning extra fat, carbohydrates in your body thus supporting weight loss.
Exercising also improves your metabolism which indirectly helps you to regulate your weight. Metabolism is the process of converting food and drinks you eat into energy. An exercise routine helps your metabolism by burning calories in the food to replenish your energy, instead of just storing it in the form of fat.
Exercising in the morning promotes better sleep habits.
Several studies have shown that those who exercise in the morning especially around 7 a.m have deeper and longer sleeping patterns than those who do afternoon or evening workouts.
Morning exercise helps the body build up a healthy sense of fatigue at the end of the day which promotes better sleep quality. While evening exercise energizes you which in turn messes with your night sleep.
From all the things you have read so far, you can easily conclude that exercising in any shape or form during the early hours of the day can bring you immense benefits.
It can help you start your day on a positive and healthy note.
But you have to remember that there is truly no “right” time or “place” for exercise.
You can exercise in the morning or evening, at home or at the gym which suits you and whichever you can stick to for the long term.
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