Fact File: Morning Cardio

Why is it best to workout in the morning? Is it any diffetrent than afternoon workouts?

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Continuous cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, jogging, stairclimbing, or cycling, sustained for at least 30 minutes, will burn body fat no matter when you do it.

But the difference is in the fringe benefits. Early morning cardio on an empty stomach has three major advantages over exercising later in the day:

#1 Carbohydrate is your body’s primary and preferred energy source. When your primary fuel source is in short supply, this forces your body to tap into its secondary or reserve energy source; body fat. If you do cardio immediately after eating a meal, you’ll still burn fat, but you’ll burn less of it because you’ll be burning off the carbohydrates you ate first. You always burn a combination of fat and carbohydrate for fuel, but depending on when you exercise, you can burn a greater proportion of fat relative to carbohydrate. If doing cardio first thing in the morning is not an option for you, then the second best time to do it would be immediately after weight training. Lifting weights is anaerobic (carbohydrate-burning) by nature, and therefore depletes muscle glycogen. That’s why a post lifting cardio session has a similar effect as morning cardio on an empty stomach.

#2 When you do a cardio session in the morning, you not only burn fat during the session, but you also continue to burn fat at an accelerated rate after the workout. Whereas, nighttime cardio fails to take advantage of this effect because your metabolism drops as soon as you go to sleep. While you sleep, your metabolic rate is slower than any other time of the day.

#3 Feeling of accomplishment is the third benefit of morning cardio that stays with you all day long after an invigorating workout. Once your exercises get challenging, you might want to deal with them first thing in your day, because they will burden you through out the day, and what if your colleagues and friends insist that you go out for a happy hour?!! You would bear more guilt than pleasure for not having done  your workout in the morning.

No need to worry about how you will accomplish that! when you set your goal and target, commit to yourself, and think positive, you will have gotten through 21 days without noticing it. From there on, it becomes the fun part of your day  ;-)

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