TOPEKA (KSNT) – The early bird gets the worm, and this applies when it comes to exercising.
Experts as well as some recent studies have shown that working out before you work in the morning can have many benefits, both physically and mentally.
Morning exercise not only helps you beat the heat on scorching summer days, it can also brighten your mood.
“Exercise in general releases endorphins, basically the feel good hormone in your brain,” said Craig Barnes, Shawnee County Health Agency health promotion coordinator. “So when you do that, you have a steady release of those throughout the day, a little and it will just increase your mood, make you feel better, and even make you productive throughout the day.”
If you are trying to lose weight, exercising in the morning can also boost your metabolism, making you lose more calories as your day goes on.
Lastly, morning exercise can even help you sleep better at night. A study done at Appalachian State University found that morning workouts help you get deeper sleep cycles and sleep longer than those who work out in the afternoon or evenings.
However, if you’re not a morning person, then it might be a bit difficult for you to start. So taking baby steps might not be a bad idea.
“If you start an exercise routine, start small,” Barnes said. “It’s a little bit easier to maintain an exercise routine if you start small that you know you can improve on as you go through.”
Many classes in Topeka offer free or affordable classes in the morning, but if you’re not part of a gym, small exercises such as jogging or even walking your dog will do.
Any sort of physical activity in the morning will prove to be worth it by the end of the day.