Morning Exercise

Thursday, September 05, 2013

We know that research demonstrates that exercise helps to improve our sleep, but did you know that better sleep improves your chances of success at weight loss? Dr. Edward Hill discusses morning exercise and sleep in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In a study by the American Council on Exercise, overweight women between the ages of 50 and 75 who engaged in consistent morning exercise slept better and lost more weight.

If you are a regular exerciser, you may have already determined your most productive time to exercise and follow a routine that works best for you.

You can start with walking. Work up to 60 minutes a day with at least 30 minutes of that being in the morning. Consider learning yoga. One study noted that yoga, a popular morning exercise, can help stop middle-age weight gain. Overweight people who practiced yoga regularly over four years lost five pounds where their non-yoga practicing counterparts gained 14 pounds.

Work toward a goal of 60 to 90 minutes of exercise most days of the week.

Walk the dog, join a health club, get into running. Whatever you do, youve got to move your body as much as possible if you want to lose weight.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.