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May 12, 2020 • Fitness

The Ideal Time to Exercise

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Although exercise is profoundly beneficial no matter what time of day you choose to do it, morning exercise rules!

  1. It begins the day on a positive “healthy” note that can set the tone for the rest of the day.
  2. It provides an opportunity to tackle and fully complete an activity critical for your health that allows you to begin the day with an immediate sense of accomplishment and empowerment.
  3. It increases the chances that you will choose a healthier breakfast. After all who wants to negate the benefits of a morning exercise routine by following it up with a donut or pastry?
  4. It provides an immediate boost in mood and cheerfulness that studies show can last up to 12 hours. (Stand outside the doorway of a gym and watch all the smiling faces upon exit.)
  5. It primes the brain for learning and enhances focus in the first 1 to 2 hours post-exercise. (Always plan your most cognitively challenging daily activities in the period just after exercise.)
  6. It enhances your sleep. Studies show that regular morning exercise improves sleep patterns. In contrast, late afternoon and evening exercise can interfere with sleep onset.
  7. Because there are significantly less “competing” events or activities in the earliest parts of the day, morning exercise is easier to build in as a consistent, daily habit. Studies show that early morning exercisers have the best long-term success in maintaining fitness.
  8. It provides a transient increase (up to 5 hours) in metabolic rate that can help you burn off some of your breakfast and lunch calories.

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