Fitness

Morning Delight

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If you are similar to me, then you dislike the morning because it takes you awhile to get moving. In fact, you may also even envy those who can get up before the sun for their workout. For a while I considered those people to be crazy, in the sense they were voluntarily missing out on some extra sleeping time. However, I have come to realize the morning exercise enthusiasts have it all figured out.

Not only is a morning exercise enthusiast at an advantage for getting up early to workout, but this also creates advantages for them with their mood going forward into their daily routines. The obvious observation for a morning workout exercise enthusiast to start their day off in a good mood is because they have completed their workout of the day early. How many times have you woken up with the intention to workout at some point, only to be defeated by the time you got home from work and, ultimately, push off the workout? This can cause many negative factors such as depression from feeling the rigors of your daily activities are impeding on your opportunity for self-satisfying exercise, and also stress can develop from the thoughts of your workout routine getting set back. By completing your workout first, you completely eliminate the possibility of skipping out on your workout due to lack of energy from your day. Also, exercise is no easy task. I would never downplay the effort needed by an individual who is sticking to a consistent exercise routine. With that said, once your workout is complete you will go through the rest of your morning and day with a heightened mood revolving around your sense of completion. Quite often we have days when we stop and wonder,

“Did I get anything done today?”

If you were able to complete a workout, then you would most likely not have those inadequate thoughts toward your day.

Mood is not the only brain function gaining benefit from physical activity. For the past few decades many neuroscientists have been doing research in animals and people to determine differences in the effect on brain cells from those who exercises compared to those who do not. Some studies have given mice unlimited access to an exercise wheel while their study counterparts did not get an exercise wheel. Similarly, some studies have taken a group of monkeys who have been trained to run daily on a treadmill to compare against other monkeys who do not exercise. As you can imagine, I bring this up to you because it supports my idea that exercise puts you at a competitive advantage mentally. I challenge you to look up these studies and see why the exercising mice were showing signs of having a superior ability to remember things over the non-exercising mice, and the exercising monkeys were showing the ability to learn new things faster than non-exercising monkeys. The study of the exercising mice was led by Fred Gage, a neuroscientist at the Sal Institute for Biological Studies and the study of the exercising monkeys was monitored by Judy Cameron, a neuroscientist and the University of Pittsburgh.

While there are many differences between us and the monkeys and mice of these experiments, we still have to consider exercise is having a similar positive effect on our brain power. If someone told you they could help your learn faster and improve your memory and all they needed from you was 30-60 minutes of your day, would you take that offer? If yes, then take the first 30-60 minutes of your day and invest it into your brain by completing aerobic exercise!

About James Langan

In 2014, I created the Fit in Daytona Magazine as the writer, photographer, interviewer, and digital designer. After it's local explosion in popularity, the magazine grew & evolved into an online fitness publication. - Founder of Fit in Online, host of the Fit in Online Fitness Documentary.

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