3 big reasons why its all about the rise and grind.

There are many ways to spend your morning…

A lot of mine are still spent in bed. I’m not much of a morning person, unless I have to be. While I wish I could get up at 6am and workout before class started, most of the time thats just not the case. For others, this technique works really well for them. Im very jealous of those people. While most of the time I am a failure of the early bird burn, there was a time where I wasn’t. I want to tell you why that time was some of the most focused, motivated and positive times of my life. Here are the 3 big reasons why its all about the rise and grind:

  1. It gets you focused for the day: Exercising right when you get up is one of the best ways to get you ready for your day. Exercise has been directly linked to improvement of concentration and memory. One big reason for this is simply because when you exercise your blood vessels will vasodilate, therefore leading to a greater blood flow to the brain and tissues. While that helps with brain function alone, exercise can also increase a chemical called BDNF:
exercise also increases BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) which leads directly to brain cells binding to one another. Synapses, or connections between cells become more dense. We think better because our capacity to make connections is literally improved. BDNF stimulated connections are an important factor in creating long term memories.
- Karen Postal, PH.D

2. Metabolism boost: Sure, you may know that you are burning calories during exercise but don’t think it stops there. When you exercise in the morning, you’re essentially jump starting your metabolism and has a lasting effect throughout the day. This can be explained by the EPOC effect,or Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption.

Also known as oxygen debt, EPOC is the amount of oxygen required to restore your body to its normal, resting level of metabolic function (called homeostasis). It also explains how your body can continue to burn calories long after you’ve finished your workout.

The more oxygen we take in, the more calories we burn. A ratio of 5 calories per liter of oxygen consumed is used as the standard. Participating in short, vigorous, circuit training will have a greater EPOC effect than other exercises. This is because when we are doing these high intensity exercises, we are depleting our bodies ATP quickly. When we inevitably take a break to catch our breath, we use aerobic means of replenishing our ATP and restore our bodies to homeostasis. When you rise and grind you are maximizing your calorie output, and those extra calories can make a big difference when added up during the week. This is another reason on how exercising in the morning benefits you.

3. Time management: People are always complaining about not having enough time in their day for the things they want to do. One of those things might be exercising. Most of the time, going to the gym after being at school or work all day doesn’t sound very pleasing to most. The time period after your daytime commitments can also correlate with some of the busiest times to be at the gym leading to overcrowded weight rooms and a shortage of cardio equipment. This is why getting your workout done in the morning is great for time management. So not only do you have time to enjoy your evening, you get to reap all the other positive benefits that come with the rise and grind. So try not to hit the snooze button next time, instead get up and start the day off the right way!

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