How To Sharpen Your World With Morning Exercise


Prevention recently asked the reader, “Are you feeding your mind in the morning?”

Besides your morning coffee and lots of good protein, Prevention says exercise increases the production and development of new brain nerve cells. Or, lack of exercise can lead to shrinkage of the hippocampal area of the brain which affects long- and short-term memory.

And right behind brain food, exercise shows up as a proven way to dump stress.

So what are you waiting for?

That is what I ask myself every morning. My ‘good’ daily routine has me up and doing yoga poses right after my morning coffee. Then if there’s time, I scoot out for a brisk walk before showering and starting another work day.

If the morning is a total shambles due to late night bad judgment, staying up or out too late, the abbreviated schedule becomes morning coffee, fast shower and work. Then I try to make up for lost exercise time with a 15 minute yoga session as a morning break.

If I were an early bird I would also try the online Tai Chi classes that come on at 5 a.m. But my internal clock just won’t cut it. If you get up early and are looking for another easy option, Tai Chi could be it.

Think of How Much Better You Could Feel

Considering the research evidence that exercise is brain food and a stress releaser, it makes sense to make sure you plug it in somewhere in your morning schedule. That brings you to your workplace tuned up.

So the best approach might be inventing as many quick, and easy exercise choices as possible for your morning.

At work you could walk to instead of emailing employees During mid-morning meetings you could suggest trying walking meetings or have the discussions that occur in your workplace standing. Or if the budget looks good, see if you can set up a desktop treadmill. 

In the kitchen in the morning you could do the one legged tree pose while you assemble breakfast. The kids will giggle but that’s better than arm wrestling at the table!

Or if you reset your alarm 15 minutes earlier you could give yourself time for stretching, breathing, lunges, planks and jumping jacks. As the morning finishes you could take half of lunch for walks or yoga before you eat.

Whatever works think of the dividends and try to hang on to a.m. exercise.


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