Rise & Shine
Written on the 6 September 2016
We Aussies have a reputation for being laidback, so it comes as a surprise that we don't tend to sleep in.
When Jawbone crunched the data from the activity trackers it has sold around the globe it discovered the world's earliest rising international city wasn't frenetic Tokyo or bustling New York, but sunny Brisbane.
It seems the average Brisbanite leaps into action at 6.29am. And, according to another study, almost half of all Australians are up and at 'em by 7am.iApparently, millions of us have taken Benjamin Franklin at his word about health, wealth and wisdom arising from bouncing out of bed shortly after dawn. But does the evidence support Franklin's view?
Are early risers healthier?Most early risers don't head straight to the workplace. Rather they set their alarm clock so they can kickstart their day with a yoga class, gym session, surf or jog. Of course, it's possible to engage in those activities later in the day. But without good time-management and self-discipline, exercise often gets put on the backburner as demands and distractions pile up.
While getting up early to exercise is a great way to fit physical activity into your day, it's difficult to determine whether getting up earlier makes people healthier, or healthy people get up early.
It may just be the post-workout meal rather than the workout itself that makes the difference. University of Roehampton research found that early risers were more likely to eat breakfast.ii And people who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight.