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Why Exercise In The Morning ?

I love exercising first thing in the morning when my brain is still half asleep, and doesn't interfere with my decision making.

Studies have shown that exercise significantly increases mental acuity—a benefit that lasts four to ten hours after your workout ends. Exercising in the a.m. means you get to harness that brainpower, instead of wasting it while you’re snoozing.

When you exercise at about the same time every morning—especially if you wake up regularly at about the same time—you’re regulating your body's endocrine system and circadian rhythms. Your body learns that you do the same thing just about every day, and it begins to prepare for waking and exercise several hours before you actually open your eyes.

From fitness point of view, exercising early in the morning "jump starts" your metabolism, keeping it elevated for hours, sometimes for up to 24 hours! As a result, you’ll be burning more calories all day long—just because you exercised in the morning.

Many people find that morning exercise has a tendency to regulate their appetite for the rest of the day. Not only do they eat less (since activity causes the release ofendorphins, which in turn diminishes appetite), they also choose healthier portions of healthier foods.

Many people ( like myself ) hate going to a gym in the a.m, and simply can not force themselves work out at 100%capacity.

And that's OK

You don't need 20-30 min of cardio or weight lifting when you just woke up.

Calisthenics ( body weight exercises ) are a simple, and effective way to to squeeze in a 10 min workout.

Body weight exercises don't take too much time, or space, you don't need any machines or free weights, and you don't even need to change into your workout clothes !

Also, when working out in the morning, try to keep it simple.

I stick to just one set of push ups, pull ups, squats, and crunches.

The goal is to wake up my body, and my nervous system to prepare for the day ahead, and, still count it as a "workout", in case I can't find time later in the day !

I do my morning exercises right after my meditation, and in between exercises I practice breathing, and a few yoga poses. Voila ! All together it take me about 10-15 minutes ! After I'm done, I drink half a glass of water ( then another half with my breakfast ).

This is an excellent morning routine that, if practiced consistently, will build a foundation for your healthy habits !

If you missed our previous post, read here why you should make drinking water first thing in the morning part of your morning routine. 
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