A neuroscientist explains why working out in the morning is best for your brain

What is the best exercise for your brain? I’m sure it’s something we’ve all wondered before.

According to Dr. Wendy Suzuki, a neuroscientist at New York University, the evidence suggests that aerobic exercise does wonders for our brains and bodies.

However, we don’t have to engage in heavy aerobic exercise every day. Our brain can get the benefits simply by walking briskly for 30 minutes a day 3 to 4 times a week.

However, what isn’t as well known is the best time of day to practice this aerobic exercise.

While many people think that working out in the evening encourages the most benefits because it burns the fat from a day of eating, the evidence is actually showing something different.

In the video below, Dr. Wendy Suzuki reveals that early morning exercise is most beneficial because it increases our neurotransmitters and growth factors at a time right before we need to use our brain to learn and remember.

However, in contrast, you’re not required to use your brain in the evening (for most of us, that is).

So, to maximise the daily effects of exercise on your brain, Dr. Wendy Suzuki recommends to exercise as soon as you wake up in the morning.

Research has backed this up for several other reasons as well. One study found that people who exercise in the morning feel less stressed when they get to work. Also, coffee can considerably improve your workouts and you’re much more likely to drink coffee in the morning than the afternoon.

And for one last fact to inspire you to workout in the morning: a recent study has found that you can burn up to 20 percent more body fat by exercising in the morning before your first meal.

Watch neuroscientist Dr. Wendy Suzuki talk about why you need to exercise in the morning below: