Waking up in the morning is already a difficult task, so working out right after peaceful night sleep seems unjust. However, studies say that getting out and working out your body is exactly what you need to have a productive day.
According to researchers at the University of Western Australia, 30 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic exercise early in the morning will improve your cognitive functions. Making it easier to have better decision-making for the remainder of the day.
“Sedentary behavior is associated with impaired cognition, whereas exercise can acutely improve cognition.” After studying a group of males and females between the ages of 55-80 years old, researchers found that the morning exercise combined with light-intensity walking breaks after every 30-minute period of sitting throughout an 8-hour day boosted short-term working memory and executive function.
Comparing the numbers of those who didn’t exercise, researchers found that people with lower scores on working memory tests and subpar executive function had longer periods of uninterrupted sitting.
Michael Wheeler of the Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute says that older people are the most beneficial to getting in a good morning workout if they wish to enjoy a more “productive and satisfying quality of life.”
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