While getting physical activity at other times of the day is definitely beneficial,
morning physical activity has big advantages!
While getting physical activity at other times of the day is definitely beneficial, morning physical activity has big advantages!
First, it has been found that more than 90 percent of those who exercise “consistently” exercise in the morning. Think about it: many times unexpected events arise and push activity by the wayside. Morning physical activity helps us to be more persistent.
Second, physical activity in the morning “jump starts” your metabolism and keeps it elevated throughout the day. If you choose to be physically active at night you’ll miss out on much of the benefits of your elevated metabolism.
Third, exercising in the morning gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you have already gotten in your activity for the day. And you don’t have to worry about trying to fit it in if something unexpected comes up.
Fourth, physical activity helps you to be mentally alert. Think of the benefit of being more mentally awake all day — not just a few hours.
With physical activity, sometimes we carry an “all-or-nothing” mentality. We often think if we don’t get the activity we want just when we want it, then it’s not worth it. But research shows that an accumulation of just three 10-minute activity sessions a day can make a tremendous impact on our health. Every minute helps.
So many of us long for balance in our lives, but our lives will never be truly balanced until we make activity a vital part of our day. And, in the end, we don’t want to merely do “our best” — we want to do our balanced best!