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Morning Workout: How It Affects Your Body

As winter deepens and our cozy beds become all but inescapable, the idea of adopting an early morning exercise rout...

Morning Workout: How It Affects Your Body

As winter deepens and our cozy beds become all but inescapable, the idea of adopting an early morning exercise routine may sound a little crazy but don’t nix it from your New Year’s Resolution list just yet. The benefits are far more extensive than you might expect.

 

Endorphin rush, anyone?

Studies show that an astonishing 90% of people who exercise regularly do so in the morning. Grinding it out early guarantees the chaos of the day won’t elbow exercise out of your schedule. An incredible release of endorphins also accompanies every solid workout. Flooding your system with dopamine and serotonin reduces your stress while also enhancing your energy levels, mood, and cognitive prowess. There’s simply no better way to enthusiastically greet the day.

 

Doctor recommended

These endorphins are so effective that many psychologists support the use of regular workouts as a method to combat depression. James Blumenthal, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Duke University, claims that exercise is, “generally comparable to antidepressants for patients with major depressive disorders” (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2007).

 

Furthermore, Appalachian State University’s Dr. Scott Collier recently released study results indicating that the subjects who participated in morning routines “slept longer and had more beneficial sleep cycles than when they exercised at other times of the day.” That means morning exercise helps promote an optimal sleep schedule.

 

 

Sleep science

Better sleep results in greater control over hormone levels related to appetite and stress. Among these hormones are ghrelin and leptin. Michael Breus, PhD, explains that, “Ghrelin is the ‘go’ hormone that tells you when to eat and when you are sleep deprived, you have more ghrelin, causing you to have a bigger appetite. Leptin, on the other hand, is the hormone that tells you to stop eating, and when you are sleep deprived, you’re filled with less leptin.” This is why sleep deprivation leads to overeating and weight gain.

 

Do you even think, Bro?

Finally, exercise has been linked to significant increases in brainpower, and specifically memory. Scott Small, MD, of Columbia University in New York has explored this benefit using MRI scans. His findings suggest that exercise actually stimulates the production of new brain cells, especially in the region of the brain known for age-related memory loss.

 

In this fast-paced world where caffeine is a substitute for sleep, and obesity rates have skyrocketed, morning workouts can be just as habit-forming and will train your body to sleep longer and better. This can enhance energy and mood, control hunger, and boost brainpower. Need I say more? So, set your alarm and hit that treadmill.

 

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