Morning Momentum

How a well-timed workout can help you get fit and fight cancer.

Want to turn good intentions into good outcomes? Shift your workout to the morning.

Exercising before distractions set in increases your likelihood of working out. And that directly impacts your cancer risk since, according to American Cancer Society studies, a third of all cancer deaths are related to diet and activity factors.

In a study of women aged 50 to 75, those who exercised in the morning slept better than those who worked out less. Evening exercisers had more trouble falling asleep, even when they were just as active as the morning group.

Sleeping better also helps weight loss since good sleep regulates the hormonal balance that governs appetite, study authors note. A brisk morning workout also helps rev your metabolism and inspires you to make better food choices throughout the day.

Want to set a fitness goal that means more? Join the American Cancer Society DetermiNation Team for free group training and inspiration to complete a challenge you choose – from a 10-mile run to a marathon.

As a DetermiNation athlete, you can get free registration to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon – or a slot in the closed Chicago marathon. And you’ll have the ultimate satisfaction of knowing your finish line raises funds for lifesaving cancer patient resources and research grants.