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Early morning exercise

10/30/2008

Question:

I think it would be beneficial for me to exercise (situps, pushups, etc...) first thing in the morning. I usually get up and go straight to the shower, but I would like to start getting up a little earlier to do some exercise before my shower. However, I have been told that it would be bad for my heart to do this. I do not have any heart conditions or illnesses, but I have someone telling me that my blood is thicker when I first wake up and that this would cause too much stress on my heart to exercise when my blood is thick. I don`t think this is correct. Are they right that this is bad for me? Is blood really thicker first thing in the morning?

Answer:

There is no evidence that what you were told is true.

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Response by:

Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP
Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University