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There are so many things to remember when you undertake an exercise program: What to eat, when to eat, how strenuous the moves should be, etc. But what about timing? Is there a best time of the day to work out?

Spoiler alert: If you are not a morning person, this information may not be welcome. Most fitness experts agree that morning workouts are the best. This has much to do with jump starting your metabolism and creating a schedule that energizes you for the rest of your day. Additionally, several studies reveal that morning workouts are best for those trying to lose weight.

The good news is that you can actually make your mornings easier by scheduling a 7 a.m. workout. The Journal of Physiology published a story recently that indicates that if you will force yourself to start working out at that hour, little by little your body clock will shift. After a short period of time, the early morning hour becomes easier for you to adjust to, and the early workout actually begins to feel very good. Further, some studies indicate that developing better health-related habits is far more effective if you practice them in the morning shortly after you wake up.

There is more good news: Neuroscientists and physiologists have found that morning exercise stimulates the brain and enhances thinking. It has long been known that exercise is good for the brain, but additional research indicates that morning exercise sets you up to be more mentally powerful throughout the day. There are also long term effects. Research now shows that exercise helps to prevent the decay of brain cells, much as it does with muscles.

Research also reveals that even moderate morning exercise can extend these benefits throughout the day. Walking and stretching can go a long way toward healthy living. So, let’s review: Morning exercise stimulates the brain, aids in weight loss and builds muscles. Perhaps you better set your alarm for 6:30 a.m. tomorrow!

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