As a recent college graduate, these past four years I have found myself seeping into the night owl routine of dancing, drinking, and snacking late into the evening. This usually involves making few plans for the next morning. While I still cannot deny my affinity for those hours of darkness, I discovered my body craving the light. In the recent past, my job as a yoga instructor teaching early morning classes has made this much needed transition a reality. Here are three reasons to switch on the early morning sunlight.
- Less UV Exposure There are two types of cancer-causing UV rays: UVA and UVB. Both are present when the sun is in full force, but only UVB is the product of direct sunlight during peak hours of the day (10am-4pm). By enjoying an early morning walk or swim around sunrise, your body can soak up some Vitamin D without the presence of damaging UVB rays. That’s reducing your exposure to the effects of ultra violets by half!
- Jump Start that Metabolism: Our eating habits are largely shaped by the schedule we create for ourselves. Studies have shown that breakfast is the most essential meal because it stimulates the metabolic process. When we wake up late, we tend to eat breakfast and lunch in succession (leaving little time for digestion) or skipping breakfast all together. Eliminating meals over time promotes fat storage as the body attempts to hold onto fuel unsure of when it will be fed next. Rising in time to indulge in a power breakfast will stimulate both your energy levels and your metabolism.
- Enhance Productivity: Procrastination is a human tendency, but let’s admit it, we all lose steam as the day wears on. For many, getting up early is a great chance to be productive, leaving the evening to provide a sense of winding down. Productivity doesn’t always have to mean dreaded tasks either. Try being personally productive in a way that will enhance the rest of your day. For me, getting up early sets the tone for my mood. It means time for writing and those extra sun salutations; time to center and ground before taking on the day.