Exercise and mood can be noticeably connected, for some more than others.
Exercise helps loosen up the body in the morning, but I haven’t been a morning workout person in several months.
I haven’t become grumpy like Oscar the Grouch or Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but I do not feel as fresh as I did with a morning workout.
For me, it is harder not to feel groggy and slightly irritable in the morning without some morning exercise.
While it is hard, I take a short walk around campus and enjoy the fresh air one last time before I’m sucked back into a building where I have to go to work or class.
That short walk before work or class makes a difference in whether I feel like a grumpy old man or not.
“A study published in the April 2008 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that the more active people were, the better they felt mentally, and that as little as 20 minutes of physical activity a week improved well-being,” (Baker).
To avoid being grumpy in the morning, it helps to do a little exercise, even if it is for a very brief amount of time.