Rise and shine

The health benefits of rising with the sun

Early birds get more than just the worm. Research shows that waking up early has advantages when it comes to mood, energy levels and workout habits. Early risers are:

• Less likely to avoid a workout. Night owls have more difficulty sticking to an exercise routine, and sleeping late has been linked to sedentary lifestyles.

• More cheerful. Those who make it a habit more often report a positive attitude and feelings of happiness, and there’s an association between late sleepers and depression.

• Eat healthier. Each day, late sleepers eat substantially more calories, twice as much fast food, and half as much produce as early risers.

Source: Women’s Health Magazine