Morning routines have been buzzed about in the wellness industry a lot over the last few years for good reason. Having a morning routine to energize and set the tone for the day is a trait of positive, self-disciplined, productive people. Adding exercise to the morning routine is a great way to start the day, and benefits both mental and physical health. An article published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine states that having a routine with healthy habits can aid in the prevention of “lifestyle diseases,” like obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, Type 2 Diabetes, and even colon cancer. If you are still working to fine-tune your morning routine, consider adding exercise into the mix!

Fasted Cardio – According to the experts at Shape, fasted cardio is an excellent way to burn fat fast. The ‘fasted’ part means not eating for 8-12 hours prior to cardio exercise. Without fuel from food, the body has no choice but to burn fat for fuel. First thing in the morning is the perfect time to do this because you’ve been fasting all night during sleep.

Endorphins – Get a morning dose of happiness to start the day on a positive note. According to an article on Healthline, endorphins released during exercise reduce stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem, reduce feelings of depression, and even help regulate appetite. Working out first thing in the morning is like taking a happy pill every day. Start the day with a smile and some optimism by getting a daily dose of endorphins.

Sense of Accomplishment – Exercise is an item on most of our daily to-do lists. But as the challenges of the day begin to snowball, exercise often takes a back-seat. By prioritizing exercise first thing in the morning, you ensure that it gets done and start the day having already accomplished something important. That sense of accomplishment, boosted self-esteem, and feelings of strength follow you into your day, helping you confidently tackle whatever comes your way. Check off exercise first thing in the morning and start the day with a sense of accomplishment, health, and strength.

Healthier Choices – People who exercise first thing in the morning make healthier choices all day. Research published in The International Journal of Obesity found that people who followed a regular exercise routine made healthier food choices throughout the day than people who didn’t have a regular exercise routine. Start with exercise to put the healthy momentum in motion!

Better Sleep –Morning is the optimum time to exercise for healthy sleep. According to WebMD, research has shown that daily morning exercise improves sleep for people who have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. An article on ScienceNordic states that morning exercise works with the body’s natural rhythms, aids in melatonin production, and temperature regulation to support nighttime sleep. Sweat in the morning to sleep better at night!

Be intentional about the day and your health with a strong morning routine complete with healthy habits like exercise. If the word “exercise” scares you, don’t let it! Many people don’t realize that walking is an exercise with many great benefits including increasing your metabolism! Lace up those sneakers and get in a daily morning walk if that is your exercise of choice! Learn more about the benefits of walking and find an outline for TurboCharging your walking program in the new book, TurboCharged: The SilverDisobedience Edition.

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