Currently, worldwide obesity rates are higher than they ever have been before. It’s worrying. And, that trend looks set to continue.
With waistlines expanding and health risks soaring, the time to act is now!
When it comes to losing weight, and getting fit and healthy in general, it’s important to remember that the process is far from easy.
It takes months to see any real noticeable differences. And the amount of hard work and dedication required is high.
But, you really cannot put a price on good health. This is why we’re talking to you about the importance of exercise today.
In this article we’ll look at the benefits aerobic exercises, especially when it’s done in the morning.
Let’s dive in.
What is aerobic exercise?
Aerobic exercise is any continuous activity that engages major muscle groups in the body.
According to The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a good marker of aerobic activity is aerobic capacity (AC). Let me explain.
AC refers to the cardiovascular system’s capacity to supply oxygen. And also the skeletal muscles’ ability to use that oxygen.
The muscles involved get energy from aerobic metabolism.
Energy is often in the of carbohydrates, fatty acids, and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) from amino acids.
The older you get, the lower your maximal aerobic capacity. But sedentary young adults may have about the same or lower aerobic capacity compared to older active adults.
Some types of aerobic exercises include:
Benefits of morning aerobic exercises
Let’s look at some of the important benefits of aerobic exercises.
1. Is a great cardiovascular exercise
In the US around 250,000annual deaths are attributable to cardiovascular illnesses. This is a result of physical inactivity.
The lack of physical activity also causes around 30 percent of ischemic heart diseases.
Aerobic exercises have many cardiovascular benefits. It is so great for the heart and cardiovascular system.
Aerobic exercise is fantastic for strengthening the heart.
It improves blood circulation and oxygen transportation. It significantly reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attack.
Heart disease is currently the biggest killer in the developed world. And it claims more lives each year than any other disease or illness.
So, the stronger and healthier your heart, the stronger and healthier you will be by default.
2. Reduces blood pressure
Hypertension (also known as high blood pressure) is one of the world’s biggest killers.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people die from high blood pressure, and conditions linked to hypertension.
This is why reducing your blood pressure naturally is so important.
By taking the time to take part in an aerobic workout in the morning, you are doing your part to lower your blood pressure naturally.
Part of the reason is that aerobic exercises help to promote cardiovascular health and boost your circulation. This helps your blood pressure to drop.
3. Improves your mood
Have you ever “woken up on the wrong side of the bed” in the morning and found yourself feeling stressed?
Or, angry, depressed, and simply being in a vile mood for no obvious reasons?
If so, you’ll know that more often than not, your mood continues like this, or even deteriorates as the day goes by.
If you decide to perform an aerobic exercise in the morning, you can improve your mood for the rest of the day.
Aerobic exercise can help improve your mental health and mood by promoting the production and secretion of endorphins.
Endorphins are happy chemicals.
They are hormones neurotransmitters that lift your spirits, reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. They make you feel happier and help you to focus on things that matter to you.
By exercising in a morning, you are giving yourself a boost of mood-improving endorphins. This will set you up well for the day ahead.
4. Promotes sleep quality
Early in the morning, once you’ve woken up properly, sleep is probably the last thing on your mind.
If, though, you struggle to sleep at night, early morning aerobic exercise could prove very beneficial.
Not only does the exercise burn calories and thereby use energy to help tire you out.
Exercising later on in the day can cause you to feel alert and energized. This is because of the endorphins and adrenaline you produce.
By exercising early in the morning, by the time you go to sleep at night you’re nice and tired and relaxed.
5. Frees up your day
One of the main benefits of doing your aerobic exercises nice and early in the morning is because it frees up your day.
When you wake up, once you’re all settled, why not begin an aerobic workout so that it’s out of the way nice and early? (Related: Exercise Before Eating: Tips for Weight Loss and Strength)
By starting early you can get your workout out of the way and can then focus on everything else that you need to do during the day.
Leaving it until later means that you run the risk of being too tired, or running out of time to train. Early in the morning, though, there aren’t any excuses.