5 reasons why morning is the best time for exercises
There are a lot of heated topics for discussing when it comes to workout, such as yoga or pilates, body building or strength training, gym or outdoor activities... However, nothing can be more controversial than the best time for exercises: morning or evening.
When the night is over and the sun starts to rise, getting out of bed and putting on a sports suit is actually not as hard as you think. And in fact, starting a new day with sweat and strong heart beats can give you many undeniable health benefits.
Here are some facts that have been scientifically proved to give you more motivations to wake up a little bit sooner:
You will have better decisions for your health
"When you start the day working on your health, you'll strive to maintain that healthiness," said Zack Daley, head coach at Tone House in New York City.
Just think about it. When you feel proud of yourself for waking up early exercising at 6 am, you will not want to ruin it with a sweet cake, don't you? Instead, you will continue to feel "happy" by avoiding starch, climbing stairs to the office, having a nutritious lunch ... All of these things are difinitely good for your health.
You will have better sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, people who fun on a treadmill at 7 am will sleep longer, have longer sleep cycles, and have 75% more qualified sleep compared to those who exercise late. The foundation also points out that people who sweat at night tend to have trouble sleeping. Exercise increases body temperature, which is a classic reason that ruins your sleep.
"I find that when I work out early, I am able to get to bed easier at night. But when I work out later at night, my adrenaline is still going from my late night workout," Daley shared his thought.
Your blood pressure will be lowered
People with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, often have to rely on medicines to prevent dangerous situations. But positive changes in life like morning workouts can also help.
In a study published by Journal of Vascular Health and Risk Management, scientists let participants exercise at three different times of the day: 7 am, 11 am and 7 pm. The conclusion is that people who practice morning exercise have reduced blood pressure by 10% after the workout. This result is maintained throughout the day and get even lower in the evening. Those who practice at 7am also have better sleep and longer sleep cycles than those who exercise late.
Your spirit will be lighten up
According to Katherine (KG) Gundling, trainer at ICE NYC, working out will help you strengthen endorphins, which are natural painkillers for the body. If your brain is filled with endorphins early in the morning, you will start the day with optimism and relieve stress or anxious for an effective working day.
"You'll also get a feeling of accomplishment knowing that you’ve made time for yourself first thing and have made your mental health a priority," said Gundling.
You will have afternoon and evening for other things
In theory, "dating" with the gym sounds like a great ideal. But sometimes it's the last thing you would want after leaving your workplace. Have you ever felt like exercising is such a heavy duty because of bad weather or because you just want to go home watching TV dramas? So, do it early. When you have all that sweat pouring, you will not have anything to complain about yourself
"Especially if you have a busy schedule, working out in the morning can be the best way to plan and ensure that your workout doesn’t get pushed to the side at the end of a long day," Gundling commented. "If you’ve worked out in the morning, you don’t have to choose between exercise and happy hour or exercise and dinner with friends, so it’s easier to make it a habit."
By: Olivia Mendoza