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Posted By Sport & Health on Jan 4, 2016 11:39:56 AM

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RISE + SHINE: 5 Steps to Become a Morning Exerciser

Find yourself repeatedly hitting the snooze button? Try these 5 tips to make AM workouts an easy part of your routine. It's a great feeling to get your workout in early - plus, you'll have a boost of energy to carry you through the day!

 

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Why Work Out in the Morning?

Morning exercise carries many benefits.  You'll jump-start your metabolism and keep it elevated for hours.  As a result, you’ll be burning more calories all day long. AM exercise also energizes you for the day and increases mental acuity, which can last four to ten hours after your workout ends. Also, by finishing your workout in the morning, you can better focus on the day that lies ahead. But most of all, nothing can top the feeling of gratification knowing that you have done something good for you.

Here are some steps to help you become a morning exerciser:

 

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Prepare for your workout the night before

Pack your gym bag and lay out your workout clothes. Go to sleep at the proper time each night. The National Sleep Foundation suggests getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night to help your body function well the next day. This is the most vital component to becoming a morning exerciser. If we are requiring our body to expend more energy in the morning, then we must prepare it to do so.

 

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Set a time for your workout

When you exercise at the same time every morning, you are regulating your body’s endocrine system and circadian rhythms.  Your body will start to adapt to the pattern that you’re setting and then prepare for waking and exercise several hours before you open your eyes. Amazing, right? Hormones prepare your body for exercise by regulating blood pressure, heart rate and blood flow to muscles. Your metabolism along with all of the hormones involved in exercise will start to elevate while you’re sleeping. You will feel much more alert and energized when you do wake up.

 

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Establish accountability

Schedule exercise with a friend or a certified personal trainer. This will help you gain accountability and give you that extra dose of motivation.

 

 

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Choose a method of exercise

Whether it’s a group fitness class or a session with a personal trainer, find something that you enjoy and you’ll increase your odds for success. You can choose from so many varieties of fitness: water aerobics, dance, cycling, Pilates, or even team sports. They are all beneficial!
 
 
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Eat a light snack before your workout

Try a cup of yogurt and a granola bar or pieces of fruit. Combine complex carbohydrates for energy and protein for the best workout recovery. Then eat a healthy meal less than an hour after exercising to start your day properly. You may find that morning exercise regulates your appetite for the rest of the day and will help you choose better portions of healthier foods.
 

Are you ready to tackle your workout in the morning?

There is nothing more invigorating than the feeling of tying up those laces, heading out the door and welcoming your newfound challenge. Wake up tomorrow morning ready to tackle your workout!

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