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Learn to Love A.M. Exercise

(Even if You're Not a Morning Person)

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6. Many people find that morning exercise has a tendency to regulate their appetite for the rest of the day. Not only do they eat less (since activity causes the release of endorphins, which in turn diminishes appetite), they also choose healthier portions of healthier foods.


7. People who consistently exercise find, sometimes to their great surprise, that the appointed time every morning evolves into something they look forward to. Besides the satisfaction of taking care of themselves, they find it’s a great time to plan their day, pray, or just think more clearly—things most of us often don’t get to do otherwise.


8. Exercising first thing in the morning is the most foolproof way to ensure that other things don’t overtake your fitness commitment, particularly if you have a hectic family life. (It’s so easy to wimp out in the evening, when we’re tired or faced with such tasks as rustling up dinner and helping with homework.)


9. More than 90% of those who exercise consistently have a morning fitness routine. If you want to exercise on a regular basis, the odds are in your favor if you squeeze your workout into the a.m.


10. Non-morning people can always trick themselves in the a.m. Having trouble psyching yourself up for a sunrise jog? Do what I did—tell yourself that you’ll still be so fast asleep that you won’t even remember—much less mind!  
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  • I love morning exercise. I usually drop the kids off at school then the next hour is mine to walk. In the summer I will probably walk early as it's too hot. Then in the evening I usually do some exercising with my daughter (lately we love Just Dance! and we do happy hour plus a few more songs). I wish there had been an option to pick more than one.

    Anyway, I find exercising in the morning is the best way to start the day. Then it's done if there isn't time to exercise through the rest of the day. Plus I find it to be a huge mood booster, I don't want to overeat during the day, I don't need as much coffee and a bunch of other things! It's great :D - 6/10/2014 8:52:33 AM
  • I am ABSOLUTELY not a morning person! But I decided a couple of weeks ago to try exercise in the morning. I am doing 30 minutes of something 6 days a week. I was so sore the first few days but not so much now. I think that is because I still have to get up and move around just to get through the day. I haven't missed a morning yet. I am sleeping better. And, biggest shock of all, I haven't been drinking nearly as much coffee! Still not a morning person but I am a morning exerciser. - 4/8/2014 9:06:36 AM
  • I love this! I am sooo not a morning person. I think I do my best work at night...until I read this article, "Five things super successful people do before 8 am": http://www.forbes
    .com/sites/je
    nnifercohen/2
    013/10/02/5-t
    hings-super-s
    uccessful-people-do-before-8-am/

    And so, as part as my new resolve, I am trying to be a morning person. (It's hard!) So thanks for the great post and reminder of why I'm doing this. :)

    I do enjoy getting out of bed now~even though it's dark~for my morning session of candle light yoga. And I agree with the points in this article--it does ignite my day and help me feel stronger, better, and more energetic. I'm also losing weight now! - 1/22/2014 11:36:05 PM
  • VAINVT
    I exercise in the morning because that is the best way to ensure it happens, but it was fascinating to read all the other benefits. Terrific! - 1/14/2014 8:34:12 AM
  • I get up for work at about 4:30 a.m. and don't want to get up earlier than that to exercise. And I find that I don't get as much out of it that early anyway. My body is still cold and stiff and I don't seem to have the range of motion or mobility that I have later in the day, so my workout doesn't seem as effective. Better for me to exercise on my lunch hour or in the early evening. - 12/21/2013 8:48:47 AM
  • Yeah, tell that to my hand when it's hitting the snooze before I wake up ;) - 11/12/2013 6:57:49 PM
  • INCACO
    regular morning exercise would be a little difficult if not impossible for some people who work on shifts like me. so what i do instead is, every before i shower & go to work, i stretch and/or run at least 15 to 30 minutes, whether it's morning, noon, or evening. : ) - 11/4/2013 10:39:44 AM
  • Just started workouts in the morning - for now plan is 2 days a week, but maybe will go for cardio some other day.
    The main reason - yes - I am usually to busy and/or tired to do anything in the evening... - 10/8/2013 4:05:05 AM
  • SAMUELS15
    I've found several of these points to be true. 1st if I don't exercise in the morning, I know it usually doesn't happen latter on. I also find I eat less. The waking up without an alarm clock is another one on the list that is true for me. - 10/7/2013 4:54:05 PM
  • I like to exercise morning and evening! Early exercise puts me in a positive frame of mind and late exercise relieves stress before bed. - 10/4/2013 10:34:50 AM
  • This inspired me to give it a try! Thanks for sharing, I needed to read something like this. - 9/26/2013 10:22:13 PM
  • I've recently started walking four mornings a week with my best friend. It's cooler in the mornings, which is nice, with less direct sunlight (we walk around dawn, at about 7am). Other than the occasional headache (which lasts for a few hours), I generally feel pretty good after working out in the mornings. I find I have more exercise, which helps me get more done throughout the day! - 9/25/2013 12:48:12 PM
  • HAKOB77
    I got a workout plan here if you want http://www.health
    -infor.com/be
    st-morning-workout/ - 8/23/2013 12:43:53 PM
  • I find that getting up for the gym in the morning isn't always "easy" -- but I do feel better. And much more guaranteed to get in my exercise than if I plan to do it after work. It's to easy to postpone or change plans after work. - 8/12/2013 10:53:39 AM
  • I have delayed sleep phase syndrome. Doing anything in the morning that isn't just about getting out the door will not happen, unless I'm awake from not having slept at all the night before. - 7/23/2013 3:33:05 PM
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