What’s Up with Erin

7 a.m. The time most kids get up and start getting ready in order to be able to be at school by 7:55. Unless one takes zero hour gym. Then, 7 a.m. means being at school in the gym locker room.
I started taking zero hour last year, my sophomore year. I was one of the few, if not the only, sophomores in the class. The majority were juniors and seniors. It was, honestly, one of the most intimidating things I have ever experienced. But as the class continued, and I made more friends, I began to realize that getting up and being at school by 7 a.m. wasn’t too bad. Actually, it was almost better. Although I was taking nine full class periods, and no lunch last year, taking zero hour actually helped me wake up and stay awake during my very long day.
Once people found out I did zero hour, I began hearing the sympathetic, “Oh my gosh. you must be so tired,” or “How do you even get up that early, I can barely get up at SEVEN!” and my usual response is “It’s really not that bad.” I’m not lying. It really isn’t. This year, since I’m not taking nine classes, I take zero hour and I have an early release, so I get to leave after 7th hour is over. I am a morning person who goes to bed every night at 9:30 p.m.
Studies have given many benefits of working out in the morning, even if it is just walking around the gym or playing basketball. Exercising in the morning has been proven that one’s body burns more calories after the workout, even when sitting at a desk. Working out in the morning will not only make a person feel awake and have more energy after working out, but one’s mind will be ready to take on whatever tasks they have lined up that day. It’s like having a cup of coffee, without the caffeine crash.