According to a genetic study coordinated by Professor Mike Weedon of the University of Exeter (UK) and published in the journal Nature Communications, those who prefer to postpone their awakening due to attitude and are forced to adjust their biological clock to their daily and social needs - are more likely to develop mental illnesses than those who wake up at dawn. The research, which examined the genetic data of 250,000 subjects, showed that so called ‘night owls’ would enjoy less psychic well-being and would be 10% more likely to develop schizophrenia when compared to the early risers.
Good proverbs - Aurora aurum in ore habet or an Italian il mattino ha l’oro in bocca. It may also be for this reason that some of the most powerful and successful men of our time set their alarm even before sunrise to read, meditate, take the dog out and train. I train at least three times a week, it's the first thing I do when I wake up, the entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg explained during a q&a session on Facebook, unexpectedly stating that he has a busy sports routine. When? Early in the morning, of course. Keeping fit is very important to me –Doing things in the best way possible - like he has to - requires energy and when you are fit and healthy you have much more energy.
The benefits of training at dawn
After all, the benefits of training at dawn are manifold. This period of the day is relevant from a performance point of view as it triggers certain mechanisms that allow us to start the day with the right foot and positively. A 30-minute session of aerobic activity results in the production of endorphins and serotonin which increase the level of concentration and bring benefits to the intellectual capacity.
Running increases the levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine and endorphins, all neurotransmitters that fight depression, anxiety and predispose to greater productivity and concentration, says Andrea Vivian, doctor of motor sciences.
It is worth remembering that in the morning your metabolism is more active and your muscles respond better to stimuli. Those who train with the sunrise burn more fat, at least 20% more than those who exercise in the afternoon or evening.
The best sports to practice in the morning
What are the best sports to practice in the morning? The most popular is undoubtedly running, which is good for the heart and the cardio circulatory system and tones the body. If the weather prevents you from enjoying an outdoor run, MyRun is the ideal solution for training while listening to your favourite music at home. MyRun Technogym represents Technogym’s iconic product ideal for any home living space thanks to its minimal, elegant and compact design and its smooth and quiet run