Warm bed. Running. Warm bed. Running.
This back and forth runs through my head almost every morning around 6:30. I’ll admit it, sometimes the bed wins-it’s just too comfortable and warm. But I will say that on the mornings that I fit in a workout before heading off to work, I don’t need that coffee at 11am to get through the day and I’m just a more generally happy person. As an added bonus, morning workouts also allow me to get a workout out of the way before my day gets hectic, and let’s face it, when after work plans pop up, a workout is usually the first activity to be sacrificed. Better yet, there’s recent scientific evidence that working out in the morning actually does make a difference in your health.
In an effort to discover why people most often suffered heart attacks in the morning, Appalachian State University researchers had groups of 40-60 year olds exercise at different times of the day; 7 am, 1pm and 7pm. The study found that the group that exercised at 7 am showed a 10% decrease in blood pressure during the day, slept better and longer and also had a 25% reduction in blood pressure at night. Better yet, they only had to exercise for 30 minutes, three times per week to reap the benefits.
So if you’re contemplating hit in the snooze button, remember that you’ll help yourself out in the long run by getting your sweat on in the morning.