I’ve always been a morning person.
Even when I was pregnant, I’d wake up at 6:00 am to run for 50 minutes every single day except for Sunday.
Here’s 5 Reasons Why being a morning person is the best!
1. Get it Done early
Waking up in great morning sunlight and hitting the roads to exercise means that even if it rains cats and dogs later, you’ve already gotten your mojo revved up for the day. There’s nothing more depressing than waiting for an outdoor evening workout only to have plans thwarted by a thunderstorm. Natural light is also better for your overall mood and keeps the endorphins up long after you’re up and about. Did you know that timing, intensity, and duration of your light exposure during the day is linked to your weight?? One study showed that people who had most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day. Longer exposure to sunlight also showed in another study – lower likelihood of suffering from depression.
2. Prime Conditions for Movement
In the morning, the body is in its prime condition for movement. Your body produces more hormones in the morning and these elevated levels can help support muscle repair and growth. However, if one is going to lift heavy weights, it is better to save it for later in the day when the body’s core temperature is elevated and joints and tendons are already warmed up.
3. Health Advantages
Those with diabetes had healthier blood sugar numbers in the earlier risers. A late bedtime may be bad for your blood sugar, studies show. Among Japanese adults with type 2 diabetes, night owls had higher HbA1C levels (a measure of blood sugar control), triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol than participants who woke up early. Previous studies have found that an off-kilter body clock, which is common among night owls, is linked to a number of related health problems, including coronary artery disease, metabolic syndrome, and impaired glucose tolerance, according to Medscape. Another point – evening types are more likely to consume a higher percentage of their total calories at dinner or after dinner, which is also linked to metabolic problems. This is the first thing most people think about when they wake up in the morning.
4. More likely to get a good night’s sleep.
Rise early, move around a lot – tire not just the mind but also the body. Waking early also means you tend to shut down earlier in the evenings which is beneficial unwinding and finally falling a sleep quickly. Our circadian rhythm naturally encourages our body to calm down at dusk, sleep when it’s dark and awake when the sun comes up. So if you’re getting out of bed early on a regular basis and getting to bed early as well, your body is likely more in tune with its natural evolutionary processes
5. Less likely to procrastinate.
If you’re a night owl, you wait till late to get things done, ie. evening time. But morning people know that they have to turn in at a certain hour, so they might try to get all the important tasks done earlier in the day. Also morning people start to lose their steam by evening time (ie. moi.. i get sleepy around 9pm haha) so they know they need to accomplish more during the day before the gas runs out! 😉