Morning exercise rids you of excess kilos and worries

Studies show exercising early in day is particularly beneficial.

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There are many well-known sayings which claim that making an early start in the morning is the best time of day for being successful, such as ‘the early bird catches the worm’ or ‘early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise’. Other idioms like ‘never put off until tomorrow what you can do today’ or ‘first come, first served’ are in the same vein. It has led many athletes to ask themselves whether this also applies to physical activity. Is exercising early in the day the be all and end all or is it, as those who are not morning people would be inclined to say, more a case of the devil finding work for idle hands?

Scientists are also interested in determining the optimal time to do exercise. Not only has it now been shown that people who routinely exercise at a certain time of the day do so more frequently during the week, for significantly longer periods and more intensively than people who do not exercise at a specific time of the day (cf. The well_BEE_ing Advisor of 25.10.2019). Numerous studies have also come to the conclusion that exercise in the morning is particularly healthy and ideal for losing weight.

This was also evident from laboratory tests conducted by the University of Copenhagen. The researchers there were able to demonstrate in tests with mice that exercise at different times of the day has different effects. Thus physical activity in the morning allows the muscles to metabolise sugar and fat better – albeit in mice. The Danish scientists now want to test the extent to which their laboratory results also apply to humans, not least because such a connection between the time when people do exercise and their metabolism would be of considerable importance, especially for people with obesity and/or diabetes. The focus will be on the question of whether sport at certain times of the day is particularly beneficial for people with metabolic disorders.

Early exercise gets metabolism going particularly well

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) near Los Angeles, USA, also tested mice and they too found that the time of day can significantly increase the positive effects of exercise on muscle metabolism. They said the importance of the timing of food intake had previously been known. However, according to this, it was unclear whether the effects of exercise were associated with certain time windows. Paolo Sassone-Corsi of the UCI School of Medicine explained that the results of the investigations now clearly show that the time of the day when people exercise is of considerable importance for the energy metabolism of their muscles.

These research results support the practical advice of many (sports) medical practitioners that early exercise in particular should have a very positive effect on a person’s well-being. According to the advice, exercise in the morning even gets people who are definitely not morning people moving because so many ‘happiness hormones’ are released that a bad mood has no real chance of survival. However, not only does physical exercise in the early morning act as a ‘mood enhancer’: it also offers concrete benefits regarding a healthy body weight. This is because people who are physically active early in the day get their metabolism going particularly well. This means even better and more efficient burning of calories. Not only does this help remove excess weight: it also lastingly prevents putting the excess kilos back on again.

Ideally, a combination of early morning exercise and Almased is the best way to make a healthy and promising start to the day: after doing exercise in the morning to revive your spirits, which for a start can also consist of a brisk walk, and then taking a refreshing shower afterwards, you can get the power you need for the rest of the day from an Almased drink. This provides the body with essential nutrients and keeps the metabolism on its toes. So unhealthy overweight, or even disease-causing obesity, doesn’t have a chance!

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