Thursday, September 27, 2012

What Are The Benefits Of Morning Workouts

Many years ago, I forced myself to wake up early to go to the park to exercise before sending my little girl to kindergarten. It was not an easy thing for me because I like to sleep in. I'm sure many of you are like me. If you're a night owl, it is hard to get out of bed early in the morning.

However, there are benefits to working out in the morning.

A study conducted at Brigham Young University found that a 45 minutes morning exercise helped reduce food cravings in women. We all know that if you want to lose weight, you've got to control your food cravings.

Exercising in the morning also means less chance of you skipping the exercise session later on. I'm sure you agree that as the day progresses, you just get busier and busier. There are many things to do and places to go. Getting your exercise done and over with early in the day prevents you from canceling your workout session or social engagements.

If you live in places where it gets hot and humid as the sun rises, morning workouts help you escape the heat. You can exercise when it is still nice and cool.

My friends who work out in the morning always tell me that they feel more energized the rest of the day. I guess that can be true because exercise gets your blood moving. So your muscles, organs and other tissues are getting a healthy dose of oxygen and nutrients. That is one way to jump start your body for the day. However, when I was just beginning to exercise, I did not feel that energy boosting feeling. On the contrary, I felt really tired after that. Therefore, if you are just starting out on your exercise program, give your body some time to adjust. Once your body is used to the exercise, you will feel that increase in energy.

Although there are benefits to working out in the morning, it is important that you choose an exercise time that fits your schedule. Sleep is important too. If you plan to exercise early in the morning, make sure you hit the bed early the night before. Whether you exercise in the morning or late evening, the important thing is that you do it regularly.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Excess Calories Is Not The Real Reason For Overweight Teenagers

We always think that our teenage kids are obese because they eat too much. However, a recent study does not vindicate our opinion.

"For older children and teenagers, increasing involvement in physical activity may be more important to weight and health than is their child’s diet," said study researcher Asheley Cockrell Skinner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As parents, we need to educate our kids the importance of physcial activities. Not just any activity. But it should be one that can expend their calories.

Furthermore, we should teach them about healthy eating. Knowing when to stop eating is important too as this should prevent overeating.

Read more about teenage obesity here.