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May 11, 2005: Yea! to morning exercise.

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It's tough to get in shape... especially if you've been lazy for a long while. Making a schedule and following through can be tough. The biggest decision you have to make is whether to exercise in the morning or in the afternoon.

After doing some web research, I think morning is the best time. It's a lot easier to get into the habit of waking up early and going to the gym no matter how chaotic your schedule might get. This also gives you a good reason to sleep early and get a goodnight sleep. Below are some point form Pros and Cons for morning exercise.

Pros:

Raises your heart rate and metabolism to burn more calories earlier in the day.
Gives a feeling of physical energy for hours.
Improves your mental acuity for hours.
Cooler temperatures in summer.
The majority of people who exercise consistently do so early in the day.
It is easier to form the exercise habit through morning exercise.
Fewer distractions and schedule interruptions.
Can make time for exercise by getting up a bit earlier.
Air pollution is lowest in the morning.

Cons:

Body temperature is at its lowest 1-3 hours before awakening, making morning a time of naturally lower energy and blood flow.
Cold, stiff muscles may be more prone to injury. You have to make sure you warm up well before doing more intense exercises, and do gentle stretching.
If you are not a morning person, you might not be able to build a habit of waking up early.
Because body temperature and hormones are higher in late afternoon, you probably get the same or better calorie-burning effects later in the day.

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