Early-Morning Workouts: Are They Really Healthy?

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For busy folks, a 5 a.m. workout seems like the only way to get fit. But are they truly beneficial?

Sleep expert James Maas suggests 7-8 hours of sleep as the key. Sacrificing sleep can lead to health issues.

Plan a consistent sleep schedule, even on weekends. It may take time to adjust, so be patient.

Morning exercise when sleepy increases injury risks. Allocate time to stretch and wake up your brain.

Caffeine and alcohol disrupt sleep. Stop caffeine 6 hours before bedtime and alcohol 4 hours before.

A 20-30 min power nap after lunch boosts memory and cognitive abilities, without feeling groggy.

Morning exercise is great for mood and vitamin D, but not ideal for performance. Consider your goals.

Early mornings offer a calm, peaceful setting for your workout, free from distractions.

Early-morning exercise can work if you commit to a sleep schedule. Prioritize 7-8 hours of sleep every night.