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Set your alarm, then start reaping the benefits…
Throwing off your warm, cosy covers so you can hit the treadmill or sweat through a gym class can be torturous. But it’s totally worth the pain. That’s because research suggests the early morning hours are the best time to get your sweat on — fuelling your metabolism, energy levels and mood all day long.
You know that saying about the early bird catching the worm? Well, there’s science to back it up.
Benefit To Rising Early and Sweating it Out
Getting it done in the a.m. often results in working out more overall per week. “Typically, morning is the time of day when people have the least amount of obligations that may prevent them from getting their workout in,” says registered dietician and personal trainer Albert Matheny. And that makes sense since a lot of us have had our gym bag packed when a last-minute proposal got tossed on our desk and squashed our cycling class plans.
You’ll Be Less Likely To Blow Off A Workout…
Night owls find it more difficult to schedule time for fitness and stick to it, according to a new study presented at SLEEP 2014, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC. The study also linked waking up late to being more sedentary.
Distracted By Foodie Insta Snaps?
A study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that women who exercised in the morning were less distracted by pictures of delicious food. They had 17 participants with healthy weights and BMIs and 18 obese participants walk briskly for 45 minutes in the morning. Apart from not being as interested in pictures of unhealthy food, study subjects were more active throughout the day, no matter their weight.
And for some added benefit…
Regardless of body weight, your amount of physical activity throughout the day after walking in the morning will be upped. The benefits don’t stop there. We also know morning exercise revs metabolism, so if you hit the gym in the a.m., you’ll be burning through the calories during the day while you’re taking them instead at night while you’re asleep.
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