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Learn to Love A.M. Exercise

(Even if You're Not a Morning Person)

By Rebecca Pratt, Staff Writer         
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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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Rebecca Pratt Rebecca Pratt
A freelance writer who contributes to various newspapers and magazines, Becky loves covering ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Member Comments

  • This is a very good article! Will start to think about the items listed when I don't want to get out of the bed! :) - 4/7/2016 4:33:09 PM
  • Interesting article! I am reluctant to exercise in the morning but go to the gym one or two days a week at 7:30 in the morning because my schedule makes it impossible to go in the evening (which I prefer). I look at all the positives of this "forced" schedule- it feels great to not worry that the weather will turn bad in the evening and make it hard for me to drive, and I do feel more energized the rest o the day. Plus I feel it is good to mix it up so your body is used to exercise at various times of the day. - 3/26/2016 7:51:02 AM
  • I consider myself a morning person, usually wake up a few minutes before my 6 AM alarm, but I don't get enough sleep as it is to wake up any earlier, as I don't usually get to bed until 10-11PM. I work 10 hours on my feet, run errands, then homework and computer time and my bedtime routine. I did kickboxing after work today and didn't even get home until almost 9, and still have stuff to do. - 3/17/2016 10:33:25 PM
  • I am not and have never been a morning person - especially on gloomy, grey spring mornings! I guess I'm part bear because I'd love to just hibernate through the short days/long nights. My day tomorrow is chock full so the only time I have to get my walk in is in the morning so I'll be dragging myself out of bed to do it. It's supposed to be 14C tomorrow and sunny so it shouldn't be too much of a hardship! This morning was grey and rainy at 1C so my exercise will wait until it brightens up somewhat. - 3/11/2016 10:36:58 AM
  • I am a morning person, but have to work on my exercise, I get discouraged because I can't walk that far and am slow, sometimes feel that what I am wasting my times. - 3/10/2016 3:54:10 PM
  • I am sure this article was well meaning but for me I cannot usually bring myself to exercise in the morning unless forced to. I guess that's just how I am made. Now WORK is something else entirely (paid or for myself). - 2/4/2016 8:56:59 PM
  • This is so true. The most success that I have had is when I made morning exercise a part of may daily routine. It sets you up for better decisions the rest of the day. No morning coffee needed, after working out that muffin seemed like a waist of a good workout and free headspace in the morning. - 12/22/2015 1:47:10 PM
  • My reason to exercise in the morning - just to get it over with.
    - 11/9/2015 8:48:56 AM
  • I am definitely an AM person and I love to exercise in the morning. - 11/9/2015 6:12:58 AM
  • Isn't just getting up and getting in the shower enough exercise in the morning?! :) - 10/7/2015 2:36:48 PM
  • I always enjoy exercise in the AM thank goodness. by the evening I am spent, - 9/7/2015 8:04:17 AM
  • I can get a few minutes in during the morning but I'm literally stumbling around first thing in the morning. Ten minutes on the treadmill and another ten walking the dog gets some of my exercise out of the way early, but I am able to concentrate better in the afternoon or evening to get the more intense stuff done. - 8/9/2015 9:40:18 AM
  • Great article on the benefits of morning exercise!-- It can be a time for prayer also--- as mentioned here. Physical and spiritual benefits--Wow! - 6/26/2015 1:10:58 PM
    Because I am not very disciplined, I like doing my exercises early in the mornings so I can get them our of the way. Afterwards I feel more energetic given me more desire to do more work in the afternoons. - 4/17/2015 11:31:25 AM
  • You need anytime added to this.

    I have no time that I work out only when I want to. That maybe morning, afternoon or evening. The weather may play a part of this or what else I need to do before a workout

    Trev - 4/17/2015 5:44:49 AM

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