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7 compelling reasons you should wake up early to exercise

If you're a staunch night owl who can't get out of bed without hitting the snooze button five times, you might think it's impossible to wake up early to work out. But do you want a better night's sleep and to burn extra calories during the day?
Tracie Knabe Snowder, KSL Modified: June 18, 2014 at 6:56 pm •  Published: June 19, 2014
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It’s almost half-way through the year, and by now, most of you have probably forgotten what your New Year’s resolutions were.

The odds were not in your favor anyway — only 46 percent of you would make it to the six-month mark, and only 8 percent of you would achieve your resolution, according to Statistic Brain. One in three Americans are obese and only 20 percent of Americans are getting enough exercise every week, the CDC reported, so it’s vital for your health to find the time to work out.

But you already failed to make your New Year’s resolutions. You feel like you don’t have time in your already busy week. How do you fit in time to exercise?

Instead of hitting the snooze button one (or five) times, try getting up a little early to fit exercise in before you start your day. Here are seven great reasons you should wake up early to work out.

1. Better sleep

If your first argument against working out in the morning is because you need all the sleep you can get, then read this carefully. Exercise in the morning can help you sleep better at night, studies show. And you don’t need a two-hour workout to reap the benefits either — try a brisk walk around your neighborhood or ride a stationary bike while catching up on your TiVo queue. Better sleep can also help you lose weight.

2. Boosts metabolism

You can boost your metabolism with exercise. So if you hit the gym in the morning, your metabolism is working for the rest of the day. People who exercise in the morning can also burn more calories than people who exercise later in the day.

3. Lower BMI

Here’s a good reason to get outside and get moving: A new study found a link between natural light and lower body mass indexes. The study showed that people who went outside in bright, natural light between 8 a.m. and noon had better metabolisms than people who don’t spend any time outside until late afternoon or later.

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