Exercise in the Morning: 4 Motivating Reasons
Want to feel more energetic in the morning? A cup of coffee may be a non-negotiable part of your a.m. routine, but something else you should try is exercise.
If the thought of breaking a sweat when you're barely alert makes you want to crawl back under the covers, consider the following reasons for lacing up your sneakers early in the day:
1. Morning exercise helps you get moving
If you sometimes feel stiff and sore when you get out of bed, you're in good company—especially on chilly days. This is where exercise really does the trick, since it raises your core body temperature fairly quickly and allows your muscles and joints better range of motion. For an extra exercise push, consider laying out your workout clothes the night before. You'll more likely hop out of bed and go for that run.
2. Morning exercise torches calories
Can you say "metabolism boost"? You'll get one no matter what time you exercise, but sunrise workouts bestow a special gift, according to Christine Lo Bue-Estes, assistant professor of exercise science at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. "[You can] take advantage of that boost [as you go] about your day." In other words, you'll probably burn more calories staying busy in the afterglow of your early bird workout than you will hit the sack as soon as you hop off the treadmill at 9:00 p.m.
3. Morning exercise makes you happy
Those endorphins you produce when you run or spin or jump give you a definite mood boost, Lo Bue-Estes claims, fueling your feelings of productivity, accomplishment, and energy. "It's a chemical jump start to your day."
4. Morning exercise is harder to blow off
A 7:00 a.m. aerobics class before work? Probably doable. That 5:15 p.m. spin class? Not so easy. Work deadlines, children's after-school activities, and the desire for family dinners make it too easy to scrap afternoon workout plans.
Does this mean exercise is only valuable if done in the morning? Not at all. "Exercise, no matter when you do it, is good," Lo Bue-Estes says. And feeling energized by exercise is as much about doing something you love as it is about doing it at a particular time. "The best exercise is what gets you excited to be up and moving."
Interview with Christine Lo Bue-Estes, Mercyhurst College.
Sign Up for Free Newsletters
Ask Your Doctor the RIGHT Questions!
the most from your doctor visit.
Emailed right to you!
The Ask Your Doctor email series
may contain sponsored content.
18+, US residents only please.
Explore Original Articles About...
Get the MOST from QualityHealth
- Top Searches
- 1. Arthritis Management: Nature Heals
- 2. 5 Digestive To-Dos
- 3. Men: Should You Shave It or Leave It?
- 4. Today's Top Fitness Trends
- 5. Sugar and Osteoarthritis : The Link
- 6. Can't Afford Your Hospital Bills?
- 7. Stay Energized All Day Long
- 8. Phobias: Who Has Them and Why?
- 9. What If Your EpiPen Fails?
- 10. 5 Costly Medical Billing Mistakes
- 1. Ice Falls Can Cause Serious Injuries
- 2. Can Inactivity Act Like a Disease?
- 3. Kale Snack Recipe for Diabetics
- 4. How Running Affects Arthritis
- 5. Sugar and Your Immunity System
- 6. Do Weight Loss Supplements Work?
- 7. 5 Super Foods for Spring
- 8. The Hazards of Reusable Bags
- 9. How to Avoid Ingrown Hairs
- 10. Health Tip: Constantly Change Shoes
- 1. 4 Common Treatments for Epilepsy
- 2. What Does a Urogynecologist Do?
- 3. GERD Without Heartburn? It's Possible
- 4. Graston Technique: Can It Work on You?
- 5. Music Therapy Can Help Autism
- 6. 8 Ways to Fight MS-Related Fatigue
- 7. Can You Still Bleed After Menopause?
- 8. Be Your Own Health Care Advocate
- 9. Why Is Syphillis on the Rise?
- 10. Ideal Weight vs. Happy Weight
The material on the QualityHealth Web site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a physician or other qualified health provider. See additional information.