5 Reasons to Exercise This Morning

22 Aug

Its true! I tried it today. All I did was walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes, drink lots of water, and I felt great!

 

Taken from http://fitlife.tv/5-reasons-to-exercise-this-morning/

 

Written By Heidi Neilson

Here you are, lying in bed another morning. The alarm has just gone off, and you’re wondering if today is going to be any better than yesterday. I feel you. I’ve had a lot of those mornings.  But now I’ve stopped wondering and started taking the day into my own hands.

548563_10151659672945110_347784534_nMy trick to get the stay started off right?  Get out of bed, (I know, it’s not always easy), and get my body moving.

Here are 5 reasons why in my world,  a morning workout is a must-have:

It will wake you up.  Many people turn to coffee for a morning wake-up, but what does coffee do? The caffeine speeds up your body functions, and triggers excitatory chemicals in the brain. Moderate to vigorous exercise will increase your heart and respiratory rates, and give you the same sort of wakeup jolt, along with a lovely flood of feel-good endorphins in your brain.

Your skin will look better. The skin is our body’s biggest avenue to flush out toxins. Getting your morning sweat on will help move that gunk out of your pores and leave you with more healthy glow all day.

You’ll burn fat. The body requires energy to move.  That energy comes in the form of calories and calories are stored in the body as fat.  The more you move, the more you burn.

You’ll eat better during the day.  One of the big reasons so many of us struggle with our eating is because we’ve spent years overloading our bodies with sugars and starches and overloaded our ability to process those foods.  When this happens, insulin, the hormone responsible for turning food into energy, stops doing its job and instead stores food as fat while triggering cravings for more sugars. This is called Insulin Resistance and studies show that it’s highest in the morning.  (Ever wonder why so many people reach for sugary, starchy breakfasts like cereal, muffins, and bagels?)  Exercise is one of the best ways to lower insulin resistance and fend off junk-food cravings.

You’ll be smarter at work.  Exercise has been shown to increase energy, concentration, mood, memory, and general productivity.  Basically, everything you need to be a superstar around the office starts from that first choice you make getting out of bed — “Should I work out this morning?”

So, I know what you’re thinking now: “That sounds great and all, but my mornings are rushed as it is, I don’t have 2 hours to go to the gym”.

No problem. It doesn’t have to be long or complex. Instead of sitting in bed checking facebook status updates, take your phone with you and do it while you walk around the block. Do some yoga at the breakfast table.  Read the paper while you’re doing pushups and situps. 15-20 minutes is really enough to get your day off to a great start. It doesn’t matter how you move, you just gotta move.

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