You probably already know that any exercise is good for you. But to those early birds out there, here is some really exciting news- exercising first thing in the morning can decrease anxiety and tension for the whole day. 🙂
I was flipping through the June 2011 issue of Woman’s Day magazine when I came upon this little gem (p. 95):
Two big reasons to exercise first thing in the morning: You’ll have more energy and be in a better mood all day. Moderate activity can help you feel less tense, angry and depressed, and more energized, for up to 12 hours, says recent research from the University of Vermont.
“Exercise may decrease activity in areas of the brain that are responsible for stress and anxiety,” says study author Jeremy Sibold, EdD. So jumpstart your day with a 20-minute workout DVD, bike ride, or brisk walk.
I’ve been taking daily morning walks for years (in any type of weather) and can definitely say they help improve my mood tremendously. Especially when I wake up in the morning and feel anxious or tense.
Once I get back from a brisk walk I feel happy and ready to face my day. Whether it’s during the harsh days of winter, the rains of spring, early morning calm before a blazing hot summer day, or a brisk fall morning, nothing picks me up like my morning walk.
This is also an excellent way to get natural light on your retinas that set off those wonderful feel good hormones and endorphins.
So if you can fit in a 10 or 20 minute walk first thing in the morning, you should definitely do it. On days that I work, I either walk before work or walk around the building on my break.
Carve out a little block of time that you can devote to yourself and do a little exercise for anxiety. It clears the mind, lifts you up, calms anxiety, and oh yeah, it’s wonderful for your physical health too 🙂
So rise and shine and have a great day my friends!
I wish you peace,