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Beat the Heat, Walk Early

By Stephen R. Farris

Exercising in the morning is a great way to start off your day. It wakes up our bodies and prepares us for whatever lies ahead at work or school. It's a natural energy boost for our muscles, joints and bones, plus it gets the blood pumping and helps the mind to think better and more clearly.

The simplest exercise you can do in the mornings is to go for a walk. Invite a family member or friend to go along with you. You can even take your dog on the exercise excursion if you want, or if he/she wants. There are several benefits for your body that taking a walk can give you.

Mood Booster

Walking in the morning will also boost your mood, making you pleasant to be around -- not saying that you aren't -- and give you a better outlook on your day. It can also help reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue.

You're Done!

If you live a busy life and your schedule is booked all the time, then walking in the morning can be not only your go-to exercise, but it can actually be the only activity you have to do all day. A 30-minute walk each day for five days will make you meet the standard 150 minutes of exercise standards that your doctor likes to see and hear about when you visit.

Management and Prevention

A morning walk - or midday, or afternoon for that fact - can help lower your risk for heart disease and certain cancers as well. It can help manage other health conditions you may have such as high blood pressure.

Gives You Strength

Walking helps build leg muscles and gives them better tone as well. You can also try some other leg strengthening exercises to compliment your walking regime to build up even more leg strength too.

Beat the Heat and Sleep

There's nothing better than an early morning walk to build up a good sweat and burn those calories. It sure beats doing it in the afternoon when the blazing sun is beating down on you, especially here in Texas. Doing a morning workout will also help you sleep better at night.

Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather conditions before heading out in the mornings.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesquite, Tex. 

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