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Why You Should Exercise Before Breakfast

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I know first hand the benefits of exercising before breakfast. However, if I don’t workout early in the morning, I’m more likely to “forget” to do it during the day.

Ever had a day that looks similar to this?

  • “Right after breakfast I’ll workout for sure”
  • “ I have to wait to digest first!”
  • “ Woah! It’s already lunch time!”
  • “I’ll digest for an hour…tops.”
  • “ I’m hungry…I’ll exercise after dinner.”
  • “I’m way too tired…tomorrow, I promise!”

A  study published in The Journal of Physiology says that exercising before breakfast is the best way to go.

For the six-week study, One of the groups ate a big, carbohydrate-rich breakfast before exercising and continued to ingest carbohydrates (like a sports drink), throughout their workouts. The second group worked out without eating first and drank only water during the training.

The results?

Only the group that worked out before breakfast gained almost no weight and showed no signs of insulin resistance. Furthermore, they burned the fat they were taking in more efficiently.

“Our current data indicate that exercise training in the fasted state is more effective than exercise in the carbohydrate-fed state to stimulate glucose tolerance despite a hypercaloric high-fat diet.”

In short, exercising before eating in the morning combated the two most detrimental effects of eating a high-fat, high-calorie diet and prevented weight gain.

Here are some ways to get going in the morning:

  1. Stick to a routine. Set your alarm for the same time every day to get your body on a healthy cycle.

  2. Prepare the night before. Set out your gym bag, workout clothes and water bottle the night before and get to bed early.

  3. Set multiple strange alarms. “I set three different alarms and give them motivational titles to get me moving,” says Taye Johnson, a New York City-based SoulCycle instructor who teaches 6 a.m. classes. “The first alarm, set 15 minutes early, is always labeled, ‘Yes, I Can.’ The next alarm is labeled, ‘Yes, I Will,’ which always gets me out of bed. The third alarm is, ‘Yes, I am Doing So!’ which tells me when it’s time to hit the road.”

  4. Wake up super early. “I know it sounds a bit insane, but I usually wake up around 3:50 a.m. to prepare for my 5:30 a.m. classes,” says certified fitness trainer and Stacy’s Bootcamp founder, Stacy Berman. This gives her time to meditate and shower (“an easy way to get the system going,” she says).

  5. Drink water as soon as you wake up. All physiological process in the body need H2O. It will also help to wake you up and get ready to GO!

  6. Turn up some energizing music. ?A good song will get anyone up and moving.

  7. Get Happy. Instead of dreading your morning workout, wake up, stretch, breathe and say some positive self-affirmations in the mirror. Think of 3 things you are grateful for, smile and say “ Today is going to be an amazing day!”

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