Not a morning person? These 6 benefits will have you up and at ‘em in no time
It’s morning, you’re in bed, and it’s freezing outside. No single good reason to get out from underneath your blankets comes to mind, right? Before you roll over and hit snooze, read these 6 reasons to peel back those covers and hit the floor. And for some added inspiration, read how our Nutrition Editor Turned Herself Into an Early Morning Exerciser!
Getting the proper amount of vitamin D is crucial. Studies show vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis, boost your mood, supply you energy, and more. This nutrient doesn’t occur naturally in many foods, but when you expose yourself to UV-B radiation from sunlight, your body naturally synthesizes vitamin D. But you have to get up and you have to get out: According the National Institute of Health (NIH), “UVB radiation does not penetrate glass, so exposure to sunshine indoors through a window does not produce vitamin D.” If you're someone who gets to work before the sun rises, supplements may be the right way to go. Just make sure you know The Right Way To Take Your Vitamin D.
Go ahead, treat yourself! If indulging in a cup of hot chocolate first thing in the a.m. seems a touch decadent, know this: Your body will actually thank you. Chocolate is filled with flavonoids, antioxidants that have been shown to lower blood pressure and protect red blood cells. And who doesn’t get happy just thinking about drinking hot chocolate? (But you do have to get your butt out of bed. That hot chocolate isn’t going to make itself!) If you do feel a twinge of guilt sipping on this decadent beverage first thing in the morning, try this "faux cocoa" instead for a protein-packed alternative.
A Gallup poll reported that year after year, during the winter months, the percentage of Americans who regularly exercise at least 30 minutes or more, three days a week or more, drops by as much as 10 percentage points from summer highs. Don’t be a part of that negative statistic. Get up and get going! This 15-Minute All-Over Fat Burn and Tone Workout is short enough to squeeze in even if you do snooze too long.
“The early bird gets the worm.” “You’ve got to be in it to win it.” “The early morning has gold in its mouth.” These clichés hold more than a small measure of truth. Quite simply, success in life is associated with the early riser. A University of North Texas study showed that students who were morning people had a grade point average that was a full point above those who identified themselves as night owls. And that pattern continues after school is done—CEOs of large and successful companies are not achieving by sleeping in. For example, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong says he wakes at 5 or 5:15 a.m.; Mary Barra, GM’s first female CEO, is in the office by 6 a.m.; Pepsico’s CEO Indra Nooyi is up at 4 a.m.; and Brooklyn Industries’ CEO Lexy Funk is also up at 4 a.m. In addition to rising early, try embracing the Advice from Female Bosses in order to make strides in your career.