Work Out First Thing in the Morning

Exercise is energizing. Previously sedentary adults who started doing 20 minutes of low-to moderate intensity aerobic exercise three times a week for six weeks reported feeling less fatigued and more energized. The time of day doesn’t matter; work out a little, feel a little better. Even five minutes of moderate exercise can create a mood-enhancement effect.

Even more, moderate intensity aerobic exercise (with an average heart rate of around 112 beats a minute) improves mood immediately and those improvements can last up to 12 hours. This goes a long way to show that even moderate aerobic exercise has the potential to mitigate the daily stress that results in your mood being disturbed.

And you’ll also feel smarter: exercise creates new brain cells and makes those new cells more effective. Exercise does more to bolster thinking than thinking does.

The key is to remember that your morning workout doesn’t have to be draining or exhausting. You don’t have to wear yourself out to get a day-long mood and brainpower boost. All you have to do is get up, get moving, and see your quick morning workout not as a chore but as a way to kick-start your day–it’s like coffee, but much more effective and long-lasting.

Summing-up: Work out first thing. Feel better. Be smarter. Sure, you could work out after work, but then the happy feelings and extra brainpower will be wasted while you’re asleep.

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