Tamara Hew-Butler, associate professor of Exercise & Sports Science in the College of Education, quoted in Reviewed, “Want to become a morning person? Go for a walk”

Reviewed, 6/9
Want to become a morning person? Go for a walk
By Tracee M. Herbaugh

Earlier this year, I came to terms with the fact that the lingering darkness of winter mornings leaves me sluggish. So, when spring sprung a few months back, I opted to try something new. I started going for a walk around my neighborhood, throwing on some athletic leggings and my trusty Saucony shoes as soon as I got out of bed. Now, most mornings I walk 4 miles to start the day. The results were nearly immediate, even though my distance started out much shorter: I have more energy, time, and footsteps logged onto my fitness tracker (if I remembered to put it on). I’m thrilled I got into the habit—let my experience inspire you, too. If you’ve ever suffered from jet lag, getting morning sunlight may even help adjust to the new time zone, says Tarama Hew-Butler, DPM, PhD, FACSM, and a professor of exercise and sports science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. “Sunlight, or daytime, is the strongest external cue, or "zeitgeber," which sets our circadian rhythm to a regular 24-hour daytime-nighttime cycle,” she says. “So, sunlight does help us wake up.”


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