When it comes to picking the right time for exercise, the early morning is the way to go. In fact, people who work out in the early morning tend be more consistent with their training program, thus achieve better results on the long haul. Not only that, a morning workout boosts metabolism levels, sheds colossal amounts of fat calories, and leaves you feeling energized and uplifted for the entire day, thus boost performance and productivity levels.
As a result, if you’re looking to start exercising in the morning, here are 4 guidelines that can help.
When thinking about starting a morning workout routine, it’s critical to plan ahead. Therefore, make sure to organize all the details and technicalities regarding your workout the night before the workout. For instance, if you’re opting for an early morning run, make sure to lay out your running apparels before you go to sleep so when you wake up in the morning, you’ll find it easy to head out the door without wasting much time.
Most of us are time-constrained in the early morning, however, planning ahead will take much of the guess work out of your training program and allow you to get up and get started immediately.
The best way that can allow you to wake up early feeling fresh and energized for the workout is to take ample and high quality sleep time at night. As a result, if you’re looking to get the most out of your morning workout, you need to make some changes. For instance, being a late night owl can spell disaster on your new resolution. Instead, make the choice of going early to bed by eliminating all the distractions that may get in the way such TV or surfing the net. Reading in bed can help you to feel fatigued, thus you might fall asleep much sooner than you believed.
Start your morning by drinking water. Usually after 7-8 hours of sleep, your body will be severely dehydrated, thus it’ll need moderate intake of water. Otherwise, dehydration can cause muscle cramping, aches, and spiked heart rates due to low blood volume, thus leading to premature fatigue and other serious health problems. As a result, make sure to drink plenty of water—shoot for at least 2-3 glasses before the workout and immediately replenish your tanks afterwards.
Though it’s not a good idea to consume a large meal right before the workout, it’s always better to eat a small meal/snack just to get the metabolism going. There is nothing bad with exercising on an empty stomach. In fact, most studies encourage working out on an empty stomach as means to speed up the weight loss process. Yet, your performance may suffer as a result. Your body needs fuel to perform. Otherwise, you’ll be running on empty tanks.
Therefore, make sure to ingest something light like a banana, handful of nuts, a granola, a glass of low-fat milk or fruit juice about 15-minutes before the exercise. Nevertheless, you need to experiment with pre-workout food and find what works the best for you. No suit fits all.
About the author: David DACK is a runner and an established author on weight loss, motivation and fitness.
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