How Exercising in the Morning Is Good for Your Health

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Waking up early in the morning can be challenging all in itself. Incorporating exercise and stretching into your morning routine can be even harder, but it can also be a game-changer for your physical and mental health.

While it may be tempting to hit the snooze button and stay in bed, especially on Mondays, starting your day with some physical activity can set a positive tone for the rest of the day. Here are just a few benefits of doing a morning workout routine.

1. Boosts Energy Levels

When you wake up, your body's cortisol levels are naturally high, which can help you feel more alert and awake. Adding exercise to your morning routine can increase the production of endorphins, which can give you an additional energy boost and leave you feeling more energized throughout the day.

2. Improves Focus and Mental Clarity

Exercising in the morning can also improve your mental clarity and focus. By getting your blood flowing and your heart pumping, you can increase the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain, which can help you think more clearly and stay focused throughout the day.

3. Promotes Weight Loss

When you exercise in the morning, your body's metabolism is boosted, which means that you'll burn more calories throughout the day. Additionally, exercising in the morning can help you make healthier choices throughout the day, as you'll be more likely to choose healthy foods and avoid unhealthy snacks.

4. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety, and starting your day with physical activity can help you feel more relaxed and centered. By releasing endorphins and reducing stress hormones, you can improve your overall mood and reduce feelings of anxiety.

5. Increases Flexibility and Range of Motion

By stretching your muscles and joints, you can reduce the risk of injury and improve your overall physical performance. Stretching in the morning specifically can help you feel more relaxed and limber throughout the day.


What if I just can't force myself out of bed in the morning to exercise?

Like I said in the beginning, it can be hard to even get up in the mornings, let alone exercise. If you struggle with staying motivated to exercise in the mornings, try doing it with a group. Group exercise can actually offer a lot of benefits in itself.


What are some exercises I can try?

Incorporating any type of exercise into your morning routine can be beneficial for you. It doesn't necessarily matter what it is you're doing, as long as you're staying physically active.

Some of the best exercises for older adults are low-impact exercises that are easy on the joints. Exercising outside can be even better for your overall health. You don't necessarily have to exercise outside everyday, but you may see more improvements in your overall mental and physical health when you do.

Looking for specific exercises to get you started? Try some of these:

  • Any stretching exercises (seated stretches are often easier if you have limited mobility)
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Hip Bridges
  • Brisk Walking

**Talk to your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.


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