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The Best Time for Exercise

I love the morning. It’s my favorite time of the day. So, naturally, it’s also my favorite time to exercise. Likewise, when clients ask me what is the “best” time for them to exercise, I recommend “first thing in the morning.”

Actually, exercising during any time of the day is proven to help you obtain and maintain a healthy weight. But, recent research seems to back-up my theory that exercising in the morning gives you an “edge” to your pursuits, a little more “bang” for your effort.


Anyway, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “You’re full of it, John. You’re just trying to trick me into leaving the warm comfort of my bed for the cold steel of a weight room!”


While that may not be far from the truth, hear me out because I think an early morning workout can improve your life in several ways all at once.


First, you’ll notice that working out during the first few hours of the day helps you sleep better at night. Typically, working out in the evening can increase adrenaline, and put your hormones on active duty which can actually make it more difficult to sleep at night. If you’ve been reading my blog, then you know that insomnia is a danger to your health and weight-loss efforts. So, why deny yourself the chance at getting better rest?


Secondly, working out in the morning can help jump-starting your metabolism and keep it revved up throughout your day. Besides that, exercising early puts you in a healthy mindset from the moment you leave the gym, helping you make better decisions later in the day.


Think you may not have the strength to stick with an early morning exercise regimen?

Remember that in addition to better sleep, early exercising gives you increased energy and gets the blood pumping throughout your body. This helps you improve your life and fire on all cylinders all because you woke up a few minutes early for some running, weight lifting, bike riding, swimming, or calisthenics!


Who knows? When you walk into work with all that energy and zest for life, your boss may even give you a raise! : )


Go – Live Life Well,


John Aaron Villarreal


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Please consult your physician prior to starting any exercise or diet program.

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